Bhikkhu Bodhi

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Bhikkhu Bodhi is a Buddhist monk of American nationality, born in New York City in 1944. After obtaining a PhD in philosophy from the Claremont Graduate School, he came to Sri Lanka to enter the Sangha. He received the novice ordination in 1972 and the higher ordination in 1973, both under the eminent scholar monk, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya, with whom he studied Pali and Dhamma.

He is the author of several works on Theravāda Buddhism, including four translations of great Pali-suttas, together with their comments. He was editor and president of the Buddhist Publication Society for many years.

He has been living at Chuang Yen Monastery since 2006 and in 2008, together with several of his students, Bhikkhu Bodhi founded Buddhist Global Relief, a non profit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition. In May 2013 was elected president of BAUS.

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma
28-12-22
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A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma

Bhikkhu Bodhi

This modern translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Manual of Abhidhamma) offers an introduction to Buddhism’s fundamental philosophical psychology.

A Look at the Kalama Sutta
20-02-20

A Look at the Kalama Sutta

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Here I will take a fresh look at an often quoted discourse of the Buddha, the Kalama Sutta. The discourse has been described as “the Buddha’s Charter of Free…

A Short Introduction to Buddhism by Bhikkhu Bodhi
11-06-20
460 mins

A Short Introduction to Buddhism by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Bhikkhu Bodhi

These videos by Bhikkhu Bodhi include a short introductory course to Buddhism. The course took place in the summer of 2018 at Woo Ju Memorial Library…

Adittapariyaya Sutta: The Fire Sermon
04-03-21

Adittapariyaya Sutta: The Fire Sermon

Bhikkhu Bodhi

On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Gaya, at Gaya’s Head, together with a thousand bhikkhus. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus thus…

Anapanasati Sutta: Mindfulness of Breathing
20-09-22

Anapanasati Sutta: Mindfulness of Breathing

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Sāvatthī in the Eastern Park, in the Palace of Migāra’s Mother, together with many very well…

Anattalakkhana Sutta: The Characteristic of Nonself
10-06-21

Anattalakkhana Sutta: The Characteristic of Nonself

Bhikkhu Bodhi

thus have i heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Baraṇasi in the Deer Park at Isipatana. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus of the…

Anicca Vata Sankhāra
28-11-19

Anicca Vata Sankhāra

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Anicca vata sankhara — “Impermanent, alas, are all formations!” — is the phrase used in Theravada Buddhist lands to announce the death of a loved one…

Arahants, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas
09-01-20

Arahants, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas

Bhikkhu Bodhi

The arahant ideal and the bodhisattva ideal are often considered the respective guiding ideals of Theravāda Buddhism and Mahāyāna Buddhism.

Association with the Wise
20-07-23

Association with the Wise

Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Maha-mangala Sutta, the Great Discourse on Blessings, is one of the most popular Buddhist suttas, included in all the standard repertories of Pali…

Bhikkhu Bodhi Speaks about the Abhidhamma
30-04-20
50 mins

Bhikkhu Bodhi Speaks about the Abhidhamma

Bhikkhu Bodhi

In 2012 Bhikkhu Bodhi taught the Abhidhamma at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center for the Dedicated Practitioners Program. Listen here to these valuable lessons…

Chiggala Sutta’s: Yoke with a Hole
20-06-23

Chiggala Sutta’s: Yoke with a Hole

Bhikkhu Bodhi

“Bhikkhus, suppose a man would throw a yoke with a single hole into the great ocean, and there was a blind turtle which would come to the surface once every…

Dhamma and Non-duality
21-03-19

Dhamma and Non-duality

Bhikkhu Bodhi

One of the most challenging issues facing Theravada Buddhism in recent years has been the encounter between classical Theravada vipassana meditation and the…

Dhamma Reflections
29-12-22
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Dhamma Reflections

Bhikkhu Bodhi

This volume brings together fifty-three essays of Bhikkhu Bodhi that were earlier published by the BPS in newsletters and other publications.

Dhamma Without Rebirth?
10-08-23

Dhamma Without Rebirth?

Bhikkhu Bodhi

In line with the present-day stress on the need for religious teachings to be personally relevant and directly verifiable, in certain Dhamma circles the time…

Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting in Motion the Wheel of Dhamma
20-10-22

Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting in Motion the Wheel of Dhamma

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Thus have i heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Baraṇasi in the Deer Park at Isipatana. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus of the…

Introduction to Dāna (Giving)
01-06-22

Introduction to Dāna (Giving)

Bhikkhu Bodhi

The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one’s humanity and one’s…

Introduction to the Abhidhammattha Sangaha
01-12-22

Introduction to the Abhidhammattha Sangaha

Bhikkhu Bodhi

The nucleus of the present book (A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha of Acariya Anuruddha) is a medieval compendium of Buddhist…

Investigating the Dhamma
29-12-22
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Investigating the Dhamma

Bhikkhu Bodhi

This book brings together eight essays of Bhikkhu Bodhi, five of which were earlier published in academic journals and volumes, and three not published before.

Lifestyles and Spiritual Progress
08-08-19

Lifestyles and Spiritual Progress

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Newcomers to Buddhism often ask whether a person’s lifestyle has any special bearing on their ability to progress along the Buddha’s path…

Purification of Mind
20-11-23

Purification of Mind

Bhikkhu Bodhi

An ancient maxim found in the Dhammapada sums up the practice of the Buddha’s teaching in three simple guidelines to training: to abstain from all evil…

Serenity and Insight in the Nikāyas
25-06-20

Serenity and Insight in the Nikāyas

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Below is a selection of texts from the Nikāyas (ancient Buddhist scriptures) on samatha (calmness) and vipassanā (insight) chosen by Bhikkhu Bodhi as an…

Sīha Sutta: The Fruits of Giving
01-03-23

Sīha Sutta: The Fruits of Giving

Bhikkhu Bodhi

On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Vesālī in the hall with the peaked roof in the Great Wood. Then Sīha the general approached the Blessed One…

Sīsapāvana Sutta: The Simsapa Grove
20-09-23

Sīsapāvana Sutta: The Simsapa Grove

Bhikkhu Bodhi

On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Kosambi in a siṁsapa grove. Then the Blessed One took up a few siṁsapa leaves in his hand and addressed the…

Subrahma’s Problem
26-06-19

Subrahma’s Problem

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today, in both East and West, a general breakdown of law and order has planted in us an implacable sense of uneasiness that creeps up on us on the streets…

The All-Embracing Net of Views
29-12-22
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The All-Embracing Net of Views

Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Brahmajala, one of the Buddha’s most important discourses, weaves a net of sixty-two cases capturing all the speculative views on the self and the world.

The Bodhisattva idea: Essays on the Emergence of Mahayana
29-12-22
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The Bodhisattva idea: Essays on the Emergence of Mahayana

Bhikkhu Bodhi

This book brings together six essays on the origin and history of the bodhisattva ideal and the emergence of the Mahāyana. The essays approach the subject from…

The Discourse on the Root of Existence
29-12-22
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The Discourse on the Root of Existence

Bhikkhu Bodhi

This profound and difficult discourse of the Buddha aims at exposing and eliminating the concept of the ego at its most fundamental level.

The Five Spiritual Faculties
01-08-23

The Five Spiritual Faculties

Bhikkhu Bodhi

The practice of the Buddha’s teaching is most commonly depicted by the image of a journey, the eight factors of the Noble Eightfold Path constituting the royal…

The Fruits of Recluseship: The Sammannaphala Sutta and its Commentaries
29-12-22
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The Fruits of Recluseship: The Sammannaphala Sutta and its Commentaries

Bhikkhu Bodhi

In reply to a question on the fruits of the monk’s life, the Buddha traces the entire progress of the disciple from the first step of the path to its…

The Great Discourse on Causation
29-12-22
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The Great Discourse on Causation

Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Mahanidana Sutta, “The Great Discourse on Causation,” is the longest and most detailed of the Buddha’s discourses dealing with dependent arising (paticca…

The Guardians of the World
10-11-23

The Guardians of the World

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Like the Roman god Janus, every person faces simultaneously in two opposite directions. With one face of our consciousness we gaze in upon ourselves and become…

The Noble Eightfold Path
28-12-22
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The Noble Eightfold Path

Bhikkhu Bodhi

This book offers a clear, concise account of the Eightfold Path prescribed to uproot and eliminate the deep underlying cause of suffering — ignorance.

The Perfection of Giving
20-02-23

The Perfection of Giving

Bhikkhu Bodhi

The perfection of giving is to be practiced by benefiting beings in many ways — by relinquishing one’s happiness, belongings, body and life to others…

Two Faces of the Dhamma
01-11-23

Two Faces of the Dhamma

Bhikkhu Bodhi

On first encounter Buddhism confronts us as a paradox. Intellectually, it appears a freethinker’s delight: sober, realistic, undogmatic…

Two Styles of Insight Meditation
02-04-20

Two Styles of Insight Meditation

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today the practice of insight meditation has gained global popularity, yet in achieving this success it has undergone a subtle metamorphosis.

Vibhanga-Sutta: Analysis
10-04-23

Vibhanga-Sutta: Analysis

Bhikkhu Bodhi

At Savatthī. “Bhikkhus, I will teach you the Noble Eightfold Path and I will analyse it for you. Listen to that and attend closely, I will speak.” “Yes…