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Dhamma Verses – Dhammapada A Book of Ethical Teachings

The Dhammapada is probably the most popular book in the Pāḷi Canon, and has had innumerable translations into most modern languages. The timeless ethical teachings contained in these verses are still considered relevant to people’s lives, and they are presented as a guide to living well. Together with the commentarial stories that accompany the verses – […]

A Heart Released

A Heart Released is a record of passages from the thai monk Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Thera sermons, made during the years 1944-45 by two monks who were staying under his guidance, and edited by a third monk, an ecclesiastical official who frequently visited him for instruction in meditation. The unusual style of Phra Ajaan Mun’s sermons may be explained in […]

Gifts He Left Behind

Gifts he left behind is the legacy of the thai monk Ajaan Dune Atulo. He was born on October 4, 1888. At the age of 22 he ordained in the provincial capital. Six years later, disillusioned with his life as an uneducated town monk, he left to study in Ubon Ratchathani. He abandoned his studies and took up the […]

Noble & True – a collection of essays

Noble & True is a collection of essays from the Metta Forrest Monastery.  A main theme is impermanence and how Buddhist are dealing with it. It’s an often-overlooked feature of the Buddha’s teachings that he identified the basis for all our good and skillful qualities as heedfulness—not innate goodness or compassion: heedfulness. To recognize that there are dangers both […]

From Buddha-to-be to Teacher in the Buddha’s own Words

From Buddha-to-be to Teacher in the Buddha’s own Words documents the earliest teachings of the Buddha. Even before his enlightenment the Buddha was teaching and much of these early lectures have not been documented thoroughly in later biographies. Maybe because the post-enlightenment teachings have been emphasized. But Buddha himself would often in his encounters with others […]

Praises to the Twenty-one Taras

Tara is a deity whom all the sects of Tibetan Buddhism has relied upon. Also the ancient Indian masters of the past, such as Atisha, relied on Tara as a special deity. The great Kadampa masters of Tibet, Lama Tsongkhapa and all the lineage gurus relied on Tara. In short, when you look at all the holy beings of the four […]

The Inner Life and the Tao-Teh-King

The Inner Life and the Tao-Teh-King was published in 1912. The work is derived from a set of lectures attempting to present a mystical interpretation of the classic text, the Tao-Teh-King. From the book: “The book is a series of nature notes; it is nature mysticism. It is a song that comes from nature’s heart and not […]

Breakthrough in Samatha Meditation and Vipassana Meditation

Breakthrough in Samatha Meditation and Vipassana Meditation introduces the readers to the proper way of undertaking Samatha-Vipassanā as taught by the Buddha, developing the right concentration and penetrating into the ultimate realities called “Paramatthas” defining each ultimate reality precisely by its characteristic, function, manifestation and nearest cause, investigating the causal relations of Dependent Arising (Paṭiccasamuppāda) that beautifully describes the round of rebirth, and […]

The Book of the Simple Way

The Book of the Simple Way is translation of the original text of the Tao-Teh-King published in 1904. Here are some lines from the discussions in the introduction: By acting while separating oneself from action, and by reaching the fruit of action without desiring it, man ceases to identify himself with good or evil in the world […]

Joyful Parents, Successful Children

 Joyful Parents, Successful Children by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche was published in 2015. It contains guidance for Buddhist parents on parenthood, but it does not only provides the Dharma context for how children should be brought up but also contains many helpful suggestions of how we can introduce simple Dharma practices to our children. Rinpoche explains exactly how parents should go […]

Studies in Japanese Buddhism

Studies in Japanese Buddhism. When Buddhism was introduced into Japan in the sixth century it had passed from India into the lands east of the Caspian Sea and then turned to the east, spreading through China and Korea, and all the time gathering up all that it found on its way. For example, its canonical writings by this time had assumed […]

The four books

The four books is a collection of confucian root texts. It has been established that none of them has been written by Confucious (K’ung-tzu, 551-479 B.C.E.) but rather compiled by his students after his dead. However, The four books, are considered the closest we come to the original teaching of Confucious. If you were to seek a position in […]

Samadhi in Buddhism

Samadhi in Buddhism is a free ebook on the concepts of Samadhi, the state of a steadfast mind. Samadhi becomes an important art to master for everyone who wishes to take meditation to a deeper level. Well developed Samadhi equals strong concentration which is an importent skill to have whena working on various forms of […]

The Clock of Vipassana has struck

The Clock of Vipassana has struck with the subtitle: The Teachings and Writting of Sayagyl U Ba Khin with Commentary by S.N. Goenka is collection of techings on Vipassana mediation. The book was first published in Italy in 1993 and it stresses among other things the importance of pariyatti, the understanding of Dhamma at a […]

In Simple Terms

In Simple Terms consists om 108 Dhamma similes by Ajahn Chah. He was a master in the art of using similes to explain points of Dhamma. Sometimes he would make an abstract point clear with a vivid and simple image; sometimes he would tease out the implications of an image in a way that suggested many layers […]

The Buddha Smiles

The Buddha Smiles is a book about humor used in the early Buddhist teachings in the Pali Canon. The Pali Canon has a reputation for being humorless. And it’s easy to see why. In some of its passages, the Buddha seems to regard humor in a bad light. For instance, in the Wailing Discourse (AN 3:107) he […]

Yin Chih Wen – The Tract of the Quiet Way

It is traditional wisdom of Zen and Chinese Buddhism, insisted upon by Lao Tze and the sages of his school, that the quiet ways of Heaven should be imitated by man. As Heaven lets its sun shine upon good and evil, without discrimination and also without expecting reward or advantages ; so man should do […]

Nalinika’s Story or: The Seduction of an Innocent

Nalinika’s story is a pre-canonical story of the Buddha’s former life. The story is an interesting, but highly improbable, fable: a sage lives alone in the Himalayas, there is semen in the urine he passes, and a deer who happens to eat the grass in that place gets pregnant from it. A human boy is […]

Seeing the Way VOL. I-II

Seeing the Way represents the teachings of the first generation of monks and nuns from the international Theravada ‘Forest Tradition’. The book begins with an introduction and dedication to Ajahn Chah and follows on with two sessions of instruction given to Western students. The remainder is a collection of transcribed talks, letters, and essays by 20 […]

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki is a book of instruction about how to practice Zen, about Zen life, and about the attitudes and understanding that make Zen practice possible. For any reader, the book will be an encouragement to realize his own nature, his own Zen mind. Zen mind is one of those […]

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