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. Bhikkhu Bodhi is founder and president of Buddhist Global Relief.

Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Characteristic of Nonself

Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Characteristic of Nonself

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 group of five thus: “Bhikkhus!” “Venerable sir!” those bhikkhus replied. The Blessed One said this: “Bhikkhus, form is nonself. For if, bhikkhus, form were self, this […]

Adittapariyaya Sutta: The Fire Sermon

Adittapariyaya Sutta: The Fire Sermon

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: “Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what, bhikkhus, is the all that is burning? The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning, and whatever feeling […]

Serenity and Insight in the Nikāyas

Serenity and Insight in the Nikāyas

Below is a selection of texts from the Nikāyas (ancient Buddhist scriptures) on samatha (calmness) and vipassanā (insight) chosen by Bhikkhu Bodhi as an introduction to these two variations of Buddhist meditation, with here and there his own commentary. 1. The Three Stages (Dīgha Nikāya 16) And the Blessed One often taught the bhikkhus thus: […]

A Short Introduction to Buddhism by Bhikkhu Bodhi

A Short Introduction to Buddhism by 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, sponsored by The Buddhist Association of the United States and shared by Chuang Yen Monastery. It is a course for which included reading material. This material is linked to […]

Bhikkhu Bodhi Speaks about the Abhidhamma

Bhikkhu Bodhi Speaks about the Abhidhamma

In 2012 Bhikkhu Bodhi taught the Abhidhamma at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center for the Dedicated Practitioners Program. Listen here to these valuable lessons from one of the most respected western monks. The above audio files are from Dhamma Seed.

Two Styles of Insight Meditation

Two Styles of Insight Meditation

Today the practice of insight meditation has gained global popularity, yet in achieving this success it has undergone a subtle metamorphosis. Rather than being taught as an integral part of the Buddhist path, it is now often presented as a secular discipline whose fruits pertain more to life within the world than to supramundane release. […]

A Look at the Kalama Sutta

A Look at the Kalama Sutta

In this issue of the newsletter we have combined the feature essay with the “Sutta Study” column as we 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 Inquiry,” and though the discourse certainly does counter the decrees of […]

Arahants, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas

Arahants, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas

The arahant ideal and the bodhisattva ideal are often considered the respective guiding ideals of Theravāda Buddhism and Mahāyāna Buddhism. This assumption is not entirely correct, for the Theravāda tradition has absorbed the bodhisattva ideal into its framework and thus recognizes the validity of both arahantship and Buddhahood as objects of aspiration. It would therefore […]

Anicca Vata Sankhāra

Anicca Vata Sankhāra

Anicca vata sankhara — “Impermanent, alas, are all formations!” — is the phrase used in Theravada Buddhist lands to announce the death of a loved one, but I have not quoted this line here in order to begin an obituary. I do so simply to introduce the subject of this essay, which is the word sankhara itself. Sometimes […]

Lifestyles and Spiritual Progress

Lifestyles and Spiritual Progress

Newcomers to Buddhism often ask whether a person’s lifestyle has any special bearing on their ability to progress along the Buddha’s path, and in particular whether the Buddha had a compelling reason for establishing a monastic order governed by guidelines quite different from those that hold sway over the lay Buddhist community. Doesn’t it seem, […]

Subrahma’s Problem

Subrahma’s Problem

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, in our workplace, and even in our homes. The rising number of drug addicts, the increase in petty crime, the decline of respect for others […]

Dhamma and Non-duality

Dhamma and Non-duality

One of the most challenging issues facing Theravada Buddhism in recent years has been the encounter between classical Theravada vipassana meditation and the “non-dualistic” contemplative traditions best represented by Advaita Vedanta and Mahayana Buddhism. Responses to this encounter have spanned the extremes, ranging from vehement confrontation all the way to attempts at synthesis and hybridization. […]

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