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The Gospel of Philip by Vladimir Antonov

The Gospel of by Philip by Vladimir Antonov  was first published in 2008. The book presents a full and competent translation of the Gospel written by apostle Philip — a personal Disciple of Jesus Christ, who attained Divinity thanks to help from Jesus. Although this gospel may at first appear similar to the Gospel of Thomas, it is not […]

An Idealist View of Life Radhakrishnan

An Idealist View of Life by S. Radhakrishnan was originally published in 1932. It features the so called Hibbert Lectures given under the title An Idealist View of Life in the University of Manchester in December 1929 and in the University College, London, in January 1930, substantially as they were delivered, but with some added passages. In […]

Insight Meditation by Mahasi Sayadaw

Insight Meditation by Mahasi Sayadaw. Mahasi was a leading figure the revival of Buddhism in Burmas post-independence period, a movement that established many centers for teaching insight meditation. The Mahasi method is designed to allow lay people in the modern world to attain the experience of enlightenment, or nibbana. Vipassana meditation in this tradition is also known […]

In this Life Itself – Practical Teachings on Insight Meditation

In this Life Itself – Practical Teachings on Insight Meditation by Uda Eriyagama Dhammajiva Thero is published by the Mitirgala Buddhist Monastary in Sri Lanka. It offers detailed instructions on a range of practices including breathing techniques, walking meditation, noting  and establishing mindfulness in daily affairs.  It also presents instructions on how to observe sensory phenomena in […]

Gateless Gatecrashers – 21 Ordinary People 21 Extraordinary Awakenings by Ilona Ciunaite and Elena Nezhinsky

Two years ago, about the time this site was established, the forum Ruthless Truth saw the light of day. The idea was to enlighten people – as many as possible as quick as possible and I know the site and its growing and relentless staff created lasting changes in many people’s lives. Thousands of people hung out […]

Bizarre Friday on Holybooks.com

I often come across some more obscure works which I share here occasionally. These books are not related to the overall topic of this website, but you have been warned before, and I can see that books like the Voynich Manuscript, Codex Serahinianus and Gadsby are among the most downloaded. I know you like them, so […]

Making Life Meaningful

Making Life Meaningful is another book written by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and published by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. – Thanks for the permission to post the book here! Making Life Meaningful is Rinpoche’s instructions on how to be aware constantly and how to set the required motivation and mental attitude. The books is based […]

The Book of Protection

The Book of Protection by Piyadassi Thera was published by the Buddhist Publication Society in Sri Lanke in 1999. The book was originally meant as a handbook for the newly ordained Buddhist novices. The idea was that those novices who are not capable of studying the large portions of the ‘Discourse Collection’ (sutta pitaka) should at least be conversant with […]

Six short stories by Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran is mostly known for his work The Prophet and The Madman, but he also wrote some interesting shorter novels. Here is a little selection for your reading pleasure. Lazarus and his Beloved Spirits Rebellious The Broken Wings A Tear and a Smile The Earth Gods The Forerunner    

The Seven Factors of Enlightenment

The Seven Factors of Enlightenment contains the essence of the Bojjhanga Sutta as explained by Dhammajiva. He offers an uncompromising and intuitive clarification of their unfolding and instructs how the seven factors of awakening align to give fruition to a yogi’s spiritual quest. In this book Dhammajiva maps the specific points of the journey and […]

A Mind Revealed

A Mind Revealed contains a collection for discourses of the Dutiyadvayam sutta give by Dhammajiva to the monks and yogis at the Meetirigala Nissarana Vanaya Buddhist monastery in Sri Lanka. This sutta is very comprehensive in its analysis of sensory consciousness, its causality, operation and cessation. Sensory consciousnesses is of course a theoretically complex exposition of the Buddhas teachings. Is […]

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