Thānissaro Bhikkhu

Thānissaro Bhikkhu

Thānissaro Bhikkhu

Thānissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American Buddhist monk in the kammaṭṭhāna (Thai forest) Tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he traveled to Thailand where he studied meditation with Ajahn Fuang Jotiko, who was himself a disciple of the late Ajahn Lee.

He joined the order of monks in Wat Dhammasathit in 1976, where he remained after the death of his teacher in 1986. In 1991, he traveled to the San Diego County hills of the US, where he helped Ajahn Suwat Suwaco establish Metta Forest Monanstery (Wat Mettavanaram). He has been abbot of that monastery since 1993.

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu is perhaps best known for his translations of the Dhammapada and the Sutta Pitaka – more than 1000 suttas – and so the main share for the sutta translations for the website Accesstoinsight , and his translations of ‘Dhamma-talks’ from the Thai forest Ajahns. He has also written several of his own works on the Dhamma and study guides for his Pali translations.

A Burden Off the Mind: A Study Guide

A Burden Off the Mind: A Study Guide

A study guide on the five khandhas (aggregates) emphasizing the importance of bringing the right questions to the teachings on the khandhas. If you use them to…

A Meditator’s Tools: A Study Guide

A Meditator’s Tools: A Study Guide

This is a study guide on the ten recollections, a set of meditation themes that highlight the positive role that memory and thought play in training the mind.

Beyond Coping: A Study Guide on Aging, Illness, Death & Separation

Beyond Coping: A Study Guide on Aging, Illness, Death & Separation

Passages from the Pāli Canon arranged in five sections: the Buddha as physician; diagnoses of the conditions of aging, etc.; the conditions as motivations for…

Dhammapada: A Translation

Dhammapada: A Translation

An anthology of verses attributed to the Buddha long recognized as one of the masterpieces of early Buddhist literature. This edition has the full Introduction…

Factors for Awakening Part 1: Introduction

Factors for Awakening Part 1: Introduction

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This is the introduction to these important Buddhist factors. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Factors for Awakening Part 10: Toward Release

Factors for Awakening Part 10: Toward Release

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on the path towards release. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 2: Mindfulness

Factors for Awakening Part 2: Mindfulness

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on mindfulness. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 3: Analysis of Qualities

Factors for Awakening Part 3: Analysis of Qualities

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on analysis of qualities. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 4: Persistence

Factors for Awakening Part 4: Persistence

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on persistence. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 5: Rapture

Factors for Awakening Part 5: Rapture

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on rapture. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 6: Calm

Factors for Awakening Part 6: Calm

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on calm. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 7: Concentration

Factors for Awakening Part 7: Concentration

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on concentration. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 8: Equanimity

Factors for Awakening Part 8: Equanimity

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on equanimity. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Factors for Awakening Part 9: Skills for Awakening

Factors for Awakening Part 9: Skills for Awakening

The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on skills for awakening. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Handful of Leaves vol. 1: An Anthology from the Digha Nikaya

Handful of Leaves vol. 1: An Anthology from the Digha Nikaya

This volume is the first in a four-volume anthology of suttas (discourses) drawn from the Sutta Piṭaka (discourse basket or repository) of the Pāli Canon.

Handful of Leaves vol. 2: An Anthology from the Majjhima Nikaya

Handful of Leaves vol. 2: An Anthology from the Majjhima Nikaya

The Majjhima Nikāya — the Middle Collection — is the second collection in the Sutta Piṭaka. It takes its name from the length of the discourses it contains…

Handful of Leaves vol. 3: An Anthology from the Samyutta Nikaya

Handful of Leaves vol. 3: An Anthology from the Samyutta Nikaya

The Saṁyutta Nikāya, a collection of short to medium-length discourses, takes its name from the way the discourses are organized into groups connected…

Handful of Leaves vol. 4: An Anthology from the Anguttara Nikaya

Handful of Leaves vol. 4: An Anthology from the Anguttara Nikaya

The Aṅguttara Nikāya, a collection of short to medium-length discourses, takes its name from the way the discourses are grouped by the number of their parts…

Handful of Leaves: An Anthology from the Sutta Pitaka

Handful of Leaves: An Anthology from the Sutta Pitaka

This all-in-one book bundles all of the sutta collections: the Dīgha, Majjhima, Saṁyutta, and Aṅguttara Nikāyas, as well as six books from the Khuddaka Nikāya…

In the Eyes of the Wise: The Buddha’s Teachings on Honor & Shame

In the Eyes of the Wise: The Buddha’s Teachings on Honor & Shame

Moral behavior is very important in Buddhism. The Buddha taught that healthy shame can help. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Into the Stream: A Study Guide

Into the Stream: A Study Guide

For your practice to lead to Awakening, you must develop reliable standards for judging — which practices lead to stream entry, what indicates a true experience…

Itivuttaka: This was Said by the Buddha

Itivuttaka: This was Said by the Buddha

The Itivuttaka is a newly updated translation of a collection of 112 short suttas, each one a prose passage followed by a verse. This collection is shaped less…

Jhana Not by the Numbers

Jhana Not by the Numbers

Ajahn Lee talks about the importance of concentration in your meditation. Without concentration there is no insight. Without samatha there is no vipassana.

Kalama Sutta: The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry

Kalama Sutta: The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry

The kalama sutta is one of the most famous teachings of the Buddha. About reling on your own research and experience and not just blind faith.

Karma Q&A

Karma Q&A

K amma and rebirth are often understood to be teachings of fate and helplessness in the face of unknowable influences from the past. Instead of teaching fate…

Khuddakapatha: Short Passages

Khuddakapatha: Short Passages

This, the first book in the Khuddaka Nikāya (Collection of Short Discourses), appears to have been designed as a primer for novice monks and nuns.

Mindful of the Body: A Study Guide

Mindful of the Body: A Study Guide

This study guide focuses on the primary sutta in the Pāli Canon dealing with the contemplation of the body: The Discourse on Mindfulness Immersed in the Body…

Poems of the Elders: An Anthology from the Theragatha & Therigatha

Poems of the Elders: An Anthology from the Theragatha & Therigatha

This is an anthology consisting of 97 poems from the Theragāthā (Poems of the Elder Monks) and 34 from the Therīgāthā (Poems of the Elder Nuns). These texts are…

Recognizing the Dhamma: A Study Guide

Recognizing the Dhamma: A Study Guide

The Buddha taught eight principles for recognizing what qualifies as Dhamma and Vinaya, and what does not. They form the standards against which the validity of…

Right Mindfulness: Memory & Ardency on the Buddhist Path

Right Mindfulness: Memory & Ardency on the Buddhist Path

For the past several decades, a growing flood of books, articles, and teachings has advanced theories about the practice of mindfulness which are highly…

Sutta Nipāta: The Discourse Group

Sutta Nipāta: The Discourse Group

This is a translation of the entire collection of 72 suttas, which includes some of the longer and more famous poems in the Pāli Canon, such as the Discourse on…

Ten Perfections: A Study Guide

Ten Perfections: A Study Guide

For people in the modern world facing the issue of how to practice the Dhamma in daily life, the ten perfections provide a useful framework for how to do it.

The Arrows of Thinking: Papañca & the Path to End Conflict

The Arrows of Thinking: Papañca & the Path to End Conflict

Thanissaro Bhikkhu explains papanca - our tendency towards objectification. An important principle on the Buddhist path.

The Buddha Smiles: Humor in the Pali Canon

The Buddha Smiles: Humor in the Pali Canon

An analysis of the style and function of humor in the Pāli Canon along with translated passages from the Canon.

The Buddha’s Teachings: An Introduction

The Buddha’s Teachings: An Introduction

A short introduction to the basic concepts and values underlying Buddhist practice, with special attention to clearing up common misinterpretations about what…

The Buddhist Monastic Code I & II

The Buddhist Monastic Code I & II

This two-volume set attempts to give an organized, detailed account of the Vinaya training rules and the traditions that have grown up around them.

The Question of Bhikkhuni Ordination

The Question of Bhikkhuni Ordination

A complete collection of Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu’s writings since 2009 on the validity of recent attempts to reinstitute bhikkhunī (nun) ordination.

The Sublime Attitudes: A Study Guide on the Brahmaviharas

The Sublime Attitudes: A Study Guide on the Brahmaviharas

The sublime attitudes ( brahmaviharas) are the Buddha’s primary heart teachings—the ones that connect most directly with our desire for true happiness.

The Truth of Rebirth

The Truth of Rebirth

A short treatise explaining that the Buddha did not teach the doctrine of rebirth because he was blindly following the cultural norms of his time. Instead…

The Wings to Awakening: An Anthology from the Pali Canon

The Wings to Awakening: An Anthology from the Pali Canon

This anthology contains more than 200 new translations of passages from the Buddha's teachings, along with commentary to help the reader understand their…

Udāna: Exclamations

Udāna: Exclamations

A complete translation of the book of the Udāna from the Khuddaka Nikāya collection of the Pāli Canon. The role of the Udāna within the context of the Pāli…

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