Nikāya is a Pāḷi word meaning "volume." It is used like the Sanskrit word āgama to mean "collection," "assemblage," "class" or "group" in both Pāḷi and Sanskrit.It is most commonly used in reference to the Buddhist texts of the Sutta Piṭaka but can also refer to the monastic divisions of Theravāda Buddhism.

In addition, the term Nikāya is sometimes used in contemporary scholarship to refer to early Buddhist schools

In the Pāli Canon, particularly, the "Discourse Basket" or Sutta Piṭaka, the meaning of nikāya is roughly equivalent to the English collection and is used to describe groupings of discourses according to theme, length, or other categories. Five nikāyas:

  • the Dīgha Nikāya, the collection of long (Pāḷi: dīgha) discourses
  • the Majjhima Nikāya, the collection of middle-length (majjhima) discourses
  • the Samyutta Nikāya, the collection of thematically linked (samyutta) discourses
  • the Anguttara Nikāya, the "gradual collection" (discourses grouped by content enumerations)
  • the Khuddaka Nikāya, the "minor collection"

At DBC, the teachers teach Nikaya (Myanmar Translation) by 4 text books collected by famous scholars ,one text in one year.

DBC starts the Nikaya classes in the first week of June and ends in the end of October. The exam is held by DBC exam board in the first week of November.