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Digital Theravada Library

Digital Theravada Library

Many books have been written about meditation and Buddhism. On this page we host a collection of books on Theravada Buddhism and Buddhist meditation that we think are worth reading.

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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 Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma

One of the most influential works within Theravāda Buddhism. A standard work for anyone who wants to delve into the Buddhist teachings.

A Discourse on the Anattalakkhaṇa Sutta

A Discourse on the Anattalakkhaṇa Sutta

All teachings or beliefs outside of the Buddha's Dispensation fall under the category of beliefs in a self, attā. They hold to the view that there is such a…

A Heart Released

A Heart Released

uch has been written about the life of Phra Ajahn Mun Bhūridatta Thera (1870-1949), the founder of the Thai Forest Tradition, but very little was recorded of…

A Manual of the Excellent Man

A Manual of the Excellent Man

This manual is written in reply to a layperson requesting guidance in developing insight, clarifying doctrinal aspects, and advancing from a blind worldling 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.

A Taste of Freedom

A Taste of Freedom

This book contains ten Dhamma talks given by the renowned Thai meditation master Venerable Ajahn Chah. In a clear and simple yet penetrative style…

Abhidhamma in Daily Life – Nina van Gorkum

Abhidhamma in Daily Life – Nina van Gorkum

A bhidhamma in Daily Life is an exposition of absolute realities in detail. Abhidhamma means higher doctrine and the book’s purpose is to encourage the right…

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…

All of Us: Beset by Birth, Decay and Death

All of Us: Beset by Birth, Decay and Death

This book, containing transcriptions of twelve talks by the renowned Buddhist nun Ayya Khema, is for all people everywhere who seek liberation from suffering…

An Unentangled Knowing: The Teachings of a Thai Buddhist Lay Woman

An Unentangled Knowing: The Teachings of a Thai Buddhist Lay Woman

A collection of Dhamma talks from the foremost woman Dhamma teacher in modern Thailand.

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…

Awareness Itself

Awareness Itself

A collection of teachings spanning the whole range of practice by Ajahn Lee’s principal student and Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu’s teacher.

Banner of the Arahants

Banner of the Arahants

This book covers in outline, but with many interesting stories and examples, the history and development of the Sangha, the Buddhist Order of monks and nuns…

Basic Themes: Four Treatises on Buddhist Practice

Basic Themes: Four Treatises on Buddhist Practice

Uniquely among the Ajahns in the Thai Wilderness tradition Ajahn Lee composed systematic treatises on the practice. These are valuable documents…

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…

Bodhinyana

Bodhinyana

This was the first compilation of a series of translated talks by Ajahn Chah. After its initial printing in 1979 it has been reprinted many times.

Buddhism in a Nutshell

Buddhism in a Nutshell

This work contains some of the most important and inspiring discourses of the Buddha such as the Kalama Sutta, and many discourses with practical advice for lay…

Buddhism: A Living Message

Buddhism: A Living Message

The scientist has brought the external world under his sway, and seems to promise that he can turn this world into a paradise. But humans cannot yet control…

Buddhist Dictionary: A Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

Buddhist Dictionary: A Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

Translations of important Pali words and meditation terms arranged in alphabetical order; definitions include a longer discussion of certain complex concepts…

Buddhist Women at the Time of the Buddha

Buddhist Women at the Time of the Buddha

A small booklet containing the following: the Verses of Final Knowledge of Bhikkhunī Sujātā; Queen Mallikā; What Cannot Be Got (The Buddha’s Words to King…

Burmese Monk’s Tales

Burmese Monk’s Tales

The tales contained in this collection were first told in the dark decade of Burmese history (1876–85) during the coming event of the British conquest.

Cetasika

Cetasika

C etasika means belonging to the mind. It is a mental factor which accompanies consciousness (citta) and experiences an object. There are 52 cetasikas.

Clarity of Insight

Clarity of Insight

Two lessons on meditation given by Ajahn Chah. The first lesson is about meditating on buddho, the meditation method that Ajahn Chah frequently taught.

Come & See

Come & See

Three Dhamma talks on the importance of being in touch with the truths inside—the truths of the body and of the mind—so that the mind can be trained to bring…

Dhamma Reflections

Dhamma Reflections

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

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…

Everything is Teaching Us

Everything is Teaching Us

This book summarizes Ajahn Chah's approach quite neatly. Showing us the immediacy of the Dhamma, he demystified the concepts of Buddhism so that almost anyone…

Fistful of Sand & The Light of Discernment: Teachings of Phra Ajahn Suwat Suvaco

Fistful of Sand & The Light of Discernment: Teachings of Phra Ajahn Suwat Suvaco

In 1989 Ajahn Suwat, the founder of Metta Forest Monastery, guided a meditation retreat for Westerners at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.

Food for the Heart

Food for the Heart

Renowned for the beauty and simplicity of his teachings, Ajahn Chah was Thailand's best-known meditation teacher. His charisma and wisdom influenced many…

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

The title of this collection reflects how it invites the reader to fill in the spaces suggested by the talks to reflect on how the images and teachings they…

Frames of Reference

Frames of Reference

A practical explanation for meditators of the four frames of reference from the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta (the Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness) by Ajahn…

Freedom Within: Liberation Teachings on the Satipatthana Meditation Practice

Freedom Within: Liberation Teachings on the Satipatthana Meditation Practice

The teachings contained in this publication are a selection of transcribed talks given by Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita at the Tathagatha Meditation center…

Fundamentals of Buddhism

Fundamentals of Buddhism

At the request of the Srilankaramaya Buddhist Temple Dr. Santina gave a series of lectures in which the foundation of Buddhism was given.

Gifts He Left Behind: The Dhamma Legacy of Phra Ajahn Dune Atulo

Gifts He Left Behind: The Dhamma Legacy of Phra Ajahn Dune Atulo

This book is a compilation of Ajahn Dune’s short teachings — pure truths at the highest level, lessons and admonishments he gave his students…

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…

Guide Through the Abhidhamma Pitaka

Guide Through the Abhidhamma Pitaka

An outline or synposis of the seven books of the advanced analytical collection of the Pali Canon, the Abhidhamma Pitaka. Each of the books of this collection…

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 Simple Terms

In Simple Terms

Ajahn Chah was a master at using the apt and unusual simile to explain points of Dhamma. The translations of these similes have been polished as little as…

In This Very Life: The Liberation Teachings of the Buddha

In This Very Life: The Liberation Teachings of the Buddha

Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita shows us that freedom is as immediate as breathing, as fundamental as a footstep. In this book he describes the path…

Inner Strength

Inner Strength

A collection of 20 Dhamma Talks by Ajahn Lee, from the basics of breath meditation to longer talks with extended metaphors on consciousnesses…

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…

Intuitive Awareness

Intuitive Awareness

This book is compiled from talks given mostly in 2001 by Ajahn Sumedho. The first edition was originally published in 2004, but has long since been out of print.

Investigating the Dhamma

Investigating the Dhamma

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.

It’s Like This

It’s Like This

Ajahn Chah was a master at using the apt and unusual simile to explain points of Dhamma. He was especially talented at exploiting the open-ended nature of the…

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…

Just Seeing: Insight Meditation and Sense Perception

Just Seeing: Insight Meditation and Sense Perception

In eloquent, expressive language this book explores in depth the Buddha's significant teaching, "When seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear…

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…

Keeping the Breath in Mind

Keeping the Breath in Mind

A fundamental guidebook for breath meditation and practicing the jhānas (concentration absorptions) by Ajahn Lee.

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.

Knowing the World

Knowing the World

Within this little booklet are teachings on the nature of the mind and the world given by Luang Por Liem Thitadhammo. During a visit to Sri Lanka in March, 2013…

Last Days of the Buddha

Last Days of the Buddha

On the stirring final journey of the Buddha, covering three months, he instructs his disciples on the elements needed to keep the Dhamma strong and stresses the…

Lay Buddhist Practice: The Shire Room, Uposatha Day and Rains Residence

Lay Buddhist Practice: The Shire Room, Uposatha Day and Rains Residence

A practical manual for lay Buddhists covering devotional practices (chanting, setting up a shrine room, etc.), uposatha day observances, lay precepts…

Living Dhamma

Living Dhamma

This is a collection of nine transcribed Dhamma talks given by Ajahn Chah to the lay community as well as to the monastic community in Thailand.

Meditation: A Collection of Talks on Cultivating the Mind

Meditation: A Collection of Talks on Cultivating the Mind

This compilation consists of five talks and three question and answer sessions by the renowned Thai Forest Tradition teacher Venerable Ajahn Chah.

Metta: The Philosphy and Practice of Universal Love

Metta: The Philosphy and Practice of Universal Love

The Pali word mettā is a multi-significant term meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, etc. If these qualities of mettā are sufficiently cultivated…

Mind Overcoming its Cankers

Mind Overcoming its Cankers

Mind Overcoming its Cankers by Acharya Buddharakkhita is a profound exposition of the āsavas, the mental pollutions that maintain samsāra…

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…

Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati)

Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati)

A napanasati, or “mindfulness of breathing,” is among the Buddhist methods of mind training given most prominence in the Pali Canon. It was originally for his…

Modern Buddhist Masters

Modern Buddhist Masters

The Material in this book have been collected or translated over a number of years. They represent an intimate record of spoken Dhamma, The Teaching of many of…

On Meditation

On Meditation

In this short work there are some Dhamma talks by Ajahn Chah about meditation. Ajahn Chah talks about buddho, samādhi (concentration) and wisdom. It'

Patipada: Venerable Acariya Mun’s Path of Practice

Patipada: Venerable Acariya Mun’s Path of Practice

This book is a translation of the Dhutanga Kammaṭṭhāna practices of Ajahn Mun Bhūridatta Thera, and it was written by Venerable Ajahn Mahā Boowa Ñāṇasampanno…

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…

Practical Insight Meditation: Basic and Progressive Stages

Practical Insight Meditation: Basic and Progressive Stages

The practice of Vipassana or insight meditation was described by the Buddha as the direct way, for the overcoming of all sorrow and grief and for realizing…

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…

Satipatthana Vipassana: Insight through Mindfulness

Satipatthana Vipassana: Insight through Mindfulness

On the personal request of the Honourable U Nu, Prime Minister, and Thado Thiri Thudhamma Sir U Thwin, President of the Buddha Sāsanānuggaha Association…

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization

The best starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about the Buddhist practice of sati - mindfulness. A comprehensive analysis of the satipatthana sutta.

Starting out Small

Starting out Small

In this collection of talks Ajahn Lee covers the sorts of questions that occur to people new to meditation— Why meditate? How should I meditate? And why in that…

Still Flowing Water

Still Flowing Water

A collection of eight new or significantly revised translations of Ajahn Chah’s Dhamma talks by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu. Two of them have never been translated…

Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah

A biography about Ajahn Chah, one of the greatest meditation teachers within Theravāda Buddhism of the last century. Ajahn Chah steadily practiced the path of…

Straight From the Heart

Straight From the Heart

The talks in this collection all deal with the practice of meditation, and particularly with the development of discernment. These talks were originally given…

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 All-Embracing Net of Views

The All-Embracing Net of Views

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 Autobiography of Phra Ajahn Lee

The Autobiography of Phra Ajahn Lee

Phra Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo was one of the foremost teachers in the Thai forest ascetic tradition of meditation founded at the turn of the twentieth century by…

The Bodhisattva idea: Essays on the Emergence of Mahayana

The Bodhisattva idea: Essays on the Emergence of Mahayana

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 Book of Protection

The Book of Protection

The world of English Buddhist literature has been enriched by the publication of this book entitled "The Book of Protection." This is a translation by the…

The Buddha and His Teachings

The Buddha and His Teachings

A clear, detailed introduction to the basic teachings of Buddhism available in English, this book explains concepts and doctrines which form the common bedrock…

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 Ancient Path

The Buddha’s Ancient Path

Over the years, many expositions of the Buddha's teachings have been published in English, but many lack authenticity and do not represent what the Buddha…

The Buddha’s Path to Deliverance: A Systematic Exposition in the Words of the Sutta Pitaka

The Buddha’s Path to Deliverance: A Systematic Exposition in the Words of the Sutta Pitaka

A classic entry in the Pali canon, this anthology charts the entire course of spiritual development as prescribed in the most ancient Buddhist texts.

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 Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah's teachings were disarming in their directness and inspiring in their relevance. He would say: "If you let go a little, you will have a little peace.

The Craft of the Heart

The Craft of the Heart

Ajahn Lee’s first, this book is also his most comprehensive, covering all aspects of the path of practice, from taking the five precepts to the attainment of…

The Dhammapada

The Dhammapada

The Dhammapada is the best known and most widely esteemed text in the Pali Tipitaka, the sacred scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. The work is included in the…

The Discourse on the Root of Existence

The Discourse on the Root of Existence

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

The Experience of Insight

The Experience of Insight

Joseph Goldstein teaches meditation as a method of experiencing things as they are, entering the remarkable flow of the mind/body process. This work…

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 Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths

A small booklet of edited talks given by Ajahn Sumedho on the central teaching of the Buddha: that the unhappiness of humanity can be overcome through spiritual…

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 Fruits of Recluseship: The Sammannaphala Sutta and its Commentaries

The Fruits of Recluseship: The Sammannaphala Sutta and its Commentaries

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

The Great Discourse on Causation

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 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 Heightened Mind

The Heightened Mind

In previous collections of Ajahn Lee’s talks, the main focus has been on technique. Here the focus is more on attitudes to bring to the practice of…

The Intelligent Heart: Five Dhamma Talks

The Intelligent Heart: Five Dhamma Talks

A collection of Dhamma talks published to commemorate Ajahn Suwat’s 100th birthday.

The Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation

The Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation

the Theravada tradition is to read what the Suttas really say about the Jhanas. It is a path to Nibbana and it is not secondary in any way to so called…

The Life of the Buddha

The Life of the Buddha

Composed entirely of texts from the Pali canon, this unique biography presents the oldest authentic record of the Buddha’s life and revolutionary philosophy.

The Manual of Insight & The Noble Eightfold Path and Its Factors Explained

The Manual of Insight & The Noble Eightfold Path and Its Factors Explained

Knowing that reliable information on the practice of insight meditation was much needed by practitioners in the West, the renowned Burmese master Ledi Sayadaw…

The Manual of Light & The Manual of the Path to Higher Knowledge

The Manual of Light & The Manual of the Path to Higher Knowledge

his book contains two advanced expositions on the development of higher insight knowledge by the renowned Burmese scholar monk and meditation master Ledi…

The Manuals of Dhamma

The Manuals of Dhamma

A collection of writings from an outstanding figure in the resurgence of the Buddha’s teachings, this book is a mixture of detailed analysis, vivid stories…

The Meditative Mind

The Meditative Mind

This book contains ten talks on the meditative development of the mind given by the Buddhist nun Ayya Khema. In a clear and straightforward manner Ayya Khema…

The Noble Eightfold Path

The Noble Eightfold Path

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

The Practice Which Leads to Nibbana

The Practice Which Leads to Nibbana

The method of practicing meditation that is taught at Pa Auk Tawya Monastery is based on the explanation of meditation found in the Visuddhimagga commentary.

The Progress of Insight: A Modern Pali Treatise on Buddhist Satipatthana Meditation

The Progress of Insight: A Modern Pali Treatise on Buddhist Satipatthana Meditation

The practice of Vipassana or insight meditation was described by the Buddha as the “direct way” for the overcoming of all sorrow and grief and for realizing…

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 Questions of King Milinda

The Questions of King Milinda

The Milindapanha is one of the great classics of Pali Buddhist literature, a spirited dialogue between the Greek king Milinda and the Buddhist sage Nagasena.

The Requisits of Enlightenment

The Requisits of Enlightenment

In this treatise, noted Burmese scholar and monk Ledi Sayadaw explains the bodhipakkiya dhamma: the 37 requisites of enlightenment. The requisites are comprised…

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 Skill of Release

The Skill of Release

A selection of Ajahn Lee’s teachings, including a few full talks, some short passages, and sometimes even half-thoughts, if they seemed provocative enough.

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 Thread

The Thread

Four short Dhamma talks by Ajahn Kalyano for reflection and inspiration.

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 Udana & The Itivuttaka

The Udana & The Itivuttaka

his book includes two small classics of the Pali Canon in one volume. The Udana, or Inspired Utterances of the Buddha, consists of eighty discourses…

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.

The Way It Is

The Way It Is

This book contains a collection of teachings of Ajahn Sumedho given to people who are familiar with the conventions of Theravada Buddhism and have some…

The Way to Happiness and Peace: Understanding the Basics of Insight Meditation

The Way to Happiness and Peace: Understanding the Basics of Insight Meditation

All beings Everywhere by their very nature seek happiness, but few realize that happiness can only be found by obtaining peace of mine!. The Buddha taught that…

The Way to Ultimate Calm

The Way to Ultimate Calm

Webu Sayadaw was believed by many to have attained complete peace and happiness, the eradication of desire, anger and delusion. He was venerated by many in his…

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…

The Word of the Buddha

The Word of the Buddha

The three levels of Buddhist teaching are called 'vehicles' because they comprise the teachings and methods that will carry us to enlightenment…

Things As They Are

Things As They Are

These talks were originally given to the monks at Venerable Ācariya Mahā Boowa’s monastery in Thailand. They deal in part with issues particular to Buddhist…

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…

Timeless Wisdom: Teachings on Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Practice

Timeless Wisdom: Teachings on Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Practice

This book contains the essence of over 50 years of Sayadaw U Pandita's clarification of Satipatthana Vipassana meditation practice. The message conveyed in this…

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…

Venerable Acariya Mun Buridatta Thera

Venerable Acariya Mun Buridatta Thera

Ajahn Mun is a towering figure in contemporary Thai Buddhism. He was widely revered during his lifetime for the extraordinary courage and determination he…

Vimuttimagga: The Path of Freedom

Vimuttimagga: The Path of Freedom

The Vimuttimagga (The Path of Freedom), which serves as a meditation manual, is broadly considered a great and important work. It is similar to the Path of…

Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification)

Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification)

One of Buddhism's foundational texts, the Visuddhimagga is a systematic examination and condensation of Buddhist doctrine and meditation technique.

Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation

Walking meditation is often used in vipassanā meditation, especially during retreats. In this book Ajahn Nyanadhammo explains various techniques of walking…

What The Buddha Taught

What The Buddha Taught

A classic introductory book to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught contains a selection of illustrative texts from the original Pali texts…

Where Are You Going Part 1: Rude Awakenings

Where Are You Going Part 1: Rude Awakenings

Half raucous adventure and half inspirational memoir, Rude Awakenings documents an unusual pilgrimage. Two very different men – life-loving naturalist Nick…

Where Are You Going Part 2: Great Patient One

Where Are You Going Part 2: Great Patient One

This book is a sequel to Rude Awakenings, which began the account of a six-month epic journey by two Englishmen, a monk and layman, to the Buddhist holy places…

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