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 Monastery (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 GuideThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 GuideThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 & SeparationThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 TranslationThānissaro Bhikkhu
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: IntroductionThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 ReleaseThānissaro Bhikkhu
The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on the path towards release. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Factors for Awakening Part 2: MindfulnessThānissaro Bhikkhu
The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on mindfulness. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Factors for Awakening Part 3: Analysis of QualitiesThānissaro Bhikkhu
The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on analysis of qualities. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Factors for Awakening Part 4: PersistenceThānissaro Bhikkhu
The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on persistence. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Factors for Awakening Part 5: RaptureThānissaro Bhikkhu
The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on rapture. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Factors for Awakening Part 6: CalmThānissaro Bhikkhu
The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on calm. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Factors for Awakening Part 7: ConcentrationThānissaro Bhikkhu
The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on concentration. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Factors for Awakening Part 8: EquanimityThānissaro Bhikkhu
The Buddha taught 7 factors for enlightenment (bojjhanga). This part focuses on equanimity. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Factors for Awakening Part 9: Skills for AwakeningThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 NikayaThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 NikayaThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 NikayaThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 NikayaThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 PitakaThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 & ShameThānissaro Bhikkhu
Moral behavior is very important in Buddhism. The Buddha taught that healthy shame can help. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Into the Stream: A Study GuideThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 BuddhaThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 NumbersThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 InquiryThānissaro Bhikkhu
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&AThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 PassagesThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 GuideThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 & TherigathaThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 GuideThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 PathThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 GroupThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 GuideThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 ConflictThānissaro Bhikkhu
Thanissaro Bhikkhu explains papanca - our tendency towards objectification. An important principle on the Buddhist path.
The Buddha Smiles: Humor in the Pali CanonThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 IntroductionThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 & IIThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 OrdinationThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 BrahmaviharasThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 RebirthThānissaro Bhikkhu
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 CanonThānissaro Bhikkhu
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: ExclamationsThānissaro Bhikkhu
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…