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The Buddha – The Social-Revolutionary Potential of Buddhism

The Buddha – The Social-Revolutionary Potential of Buddhism is written by Trevor Oswald Ling. He was born in England in 1920 and during The Second World War he went to India to become a Baptist clergyman. Instead he became a student of Sanskrit, Pali and Classical Indian Literature and he had a distinguished academic career […]

Fistfull of Sand & The Light of Discernment

Fistfull of Sand & The Light of Discernment are based on teachings by Phra Ajaan Suwat Suvaco. The first part, Fistfull of Sand was given during a two week retreat in 1989 with about 100 people. Throughout the retreat, Ajaan Suwat led small group interviews in the afternoon and then met with all the gathered retreatants in the evening, either […]

Approaching the Dhamma

Approaching the Dhamma is a serie of essays from the foremost scholars in Buddhism and especially the buddhist practices of Southeast Asia.  In three parts the book describes in a number of academic essays “Interpretation and Understanding”, “Ritual and Cosmology” and “Rebirth and Mental Culture. Approaching the Dhamma a is a collection of essays in […]

Daily Reflections – Advice from Khen Rinpoche Geshe Thubthen Chonyi

This book then is a compilation of Khen Rinpoche’s opening remarks and motivations at a five year study program launched at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, an affiliate of the FPMT, in August 2003 at the request of its spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. These teachings offer valuable advice related to our Dharma studies and practice: how to check whether our practices […]

Purity of Heart – Essays on the Buddhist Path by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Purity of Heart – Essays on the Buddhist Path by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The Buddha never placed demands on anyone’s faith. For people from a culture where the dominant religions do make such demands, this is one of Buddhism’s most attractive features. It’s especially appealing to those who—in reaction to the demands of organized religion—embrace the […]

Food for Thought – Eighteen talks on the training of the heart

Food for Thought – Eighteen talks on the training of the heart is an introduction to the Buddhist practice of training the heart. It is taken from the talks of Phra Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo, a teacher in the Thai forest tradition of meditation, and is called Food for Thought because it invites the reader to fill in the spaces […]

Realizing Change – Vipassana Meditation in Action by Ian Hetherington

Realizing Change – Vipassana Meditation in Action by Ian Hetherington was published in 2003 by the non-profit organization Pariyatti. Vipassana is an ancient meditation technique of India. The Buddha discovered it, attained full enlightenment using it and made it the essence of this teaching, which spread throughout the Indian subcontinent and then on to neighboring […]

Handful of Leaves VOL I and II

Handful of Leaves an anthology from the Digha Nikaya of the Pali Canon is translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff). The suttas selected and translated here for these volumes were chosen for the interest they might hold for a person intent on understanding and practicing the Buddhist teachings, or Dhamma. Some have been chosen for their […]

The Sublime Attitudes

The Sublime Attitudes (brahmaviharas) are the Buddha’s primary heart teachings — the ones that connect most directly with our desire for true happiness. They’re the qualities of heart that motivated the Buddha to find awakening and then to teach the path of awakening to others. At the same time, they function as part of the […]

The Heightened Mind by Ajaan Lee

The Buddha’s path consists of three trainings: training in heightened virtue; in heightened mind, or concentration; and in heightened discernment. Although all three are essential for Awakening, the Buddha often singled out the second training for special attention. Ajaan Lee does the same in the talks translated here. In previous collections of Ajaan Lee’s talks, the main focus has […]

Beyond Coping – A Study Guide on Aging, Illness, Death, & Separation

Beyond Coping with the subtitle: A Study Guide on Aging, Illness, Death, & Separation consist of five passages derived from the Pali Canon. The book gives specific advice on how to deal with problems of aging, etc. The Buddha’s teachings on kamma provide an important underpinning for how problems of pain and illness can be approached. Thus some of […]

The Basic Method of Meditation by Ajahn Brahmavamso

The Basic Method of Meditation by Ajahn Brahmavamso is a guide to getting started with meditation practice. Unlike many of the books here it is for the absolute beginner. Ajahn Brahmavamso writes in the foreword that meditation is the way to achieve letting go: In meditation one lets go of the complex world outside in […]

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