Nyanaponika Thera

Nyanaponika Thera

Nyanaponika Thera

Nyanaponika Thera (Siegmund Feniger) was born on 21 July 1901 in Hanau, Germany. He came into contact with Buddhism early in his youth and left for Sri Lanka in 1936, where he was ordained as a novice and a year later as a mong by the famous German monk Nyanatiloka.

Interned in camps like Dehra Dun’s in India, he worked intensively during the war years on translations of Pali texts. Not only as author of the now classic The Heart of Buddhist Meditation and of many other books and translations, but also as co-founder in 1958, editor and president of the Buddhist Publication Society he made a great contribution to the international dissemination of the Theravāda teachings. He died on October 19, 1994 in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Abhidhamma Studies

Abhidhamma Studies

The Abhidhamma, the third great division of early Buddhist teaching, expounds a revolutionary system of philosophical psychology rooted in the twin Buddhist…

Advice to Rahula: Four Discourses of the Buddha

Advice to Rahula: Four Discourses of the Buddha

This book contains a collection of teachings the Buddha gave to his son Rahula. The first of the texts translated here, the Exhortation to Rāhula given at…

Anguttara Nikaya Anthology

Anguttara Nikaya Anthology

This book contains an anthology of 154 selected discourses from the Pali canon. The original translation was by Nyanaponika Thera and was published in the BPS…

Devotion in Buddhism

Devotion in Buddhism

Is Buddhism a religion? What do Buddhists worship? Nyanaponika Thera gives a clear answer about the role of devotion on the Buddhist path.

Great Disciples of the Buddha: Their Lives, Works and Legacy

Great Disciples of the Buddha: Their Lives, Works and Legacy

Twenty-four of the Buddha's most distinguished disciples are brought to life in ten chapters of rich narration. They include monks who were very close to him…

The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest

The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest

Many are the obstacles which block the road to spiritual progress, but there are five in particular which, under the name of hindrances ( nivarana)…

The Four Sublime States & The Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta)

The Four Sublime States & The Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta)

This booklet contains two essays: Four Sublime States by Nyanaponika Thera and The Practice of Loving-Kindness (Mettā) by Ñāṇamoli Thera. The “four sublime…

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation

This is a classic text on the essence of Buddhist meditation. It is an excellent, indepth description of mindfulness practice and its benefits.

The Roots of Good and Evil

The Roots of Good and Evil

Greed, hatred, and delusion – these are the three bad roots in us. Conversely the good ones are non-greed (i.e generosity), non-hatred (love)…

The Vision of Dhamma

The Vision of Dhamma

The distinguished German scholar-monk Nyanaponika Thera explains some of the core issues in the teachings of the Buddha in lucid and accessible language.

Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha

Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha

This booklet contains the first three discourses that the Buddha gave after his Awakening. In these three discourses the Buddha displays the fundamental…

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