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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 […]

Meditations VOL I-V by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Meditations VOL I-V by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) in an impressive collection of dhamma talks held at the Metta Forest Monastery over years on a range of topics. The talks are very readable for both the experienced monk and the layman. As the foreword to the fifth volume states: the Buddha himself taught the Dhamma in very simple terms. […]

With each and every breath – A guide to meditation

With each and every breath –  A guide to meditation by Thanissaro Bhikku. The meditation techniques taught in this book are skills aimed at solving the mind’s most basic problem: the stress and suffering it brings on itself through its own thoughts and actions. Even though the mind wants happiness, it still manages to weigh itself down with mental […]

The Buddhist Monastic Code

The Buddhist Monastic Code I and II is an impressive work both in virtue  and extent. On nearly 2.000 pages the rules of monks in the Theravada traditions are outlined. This book is written both for the ones seeking monastic life and the bhikkus who have devoted their life to it. It will also benefit other people who have […]

The Long Discourse about the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness

The Long Discourse about the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness is a translation directly from the Pali Canon undertaken Anandajoti Bhikku in 2005. I has been revised in 2011 and will be re-revised again in 2055. This is a very important text to Buddhists since it is here he, in the 22nd Discourse in the Long Collection […]

Mindfulness while Breathing

Mindfulness while Breathing is here presented in a new translation from 2008 by Anandajo Bhikkhu. The original title in the Pali Canon is The Anapanasati Sutta (we have several other translations here on the site) and it is the sutta where The Buddha teaches how awareness on breathing can be used as a primer for meditation. […]

The Discourse concerning Malunkyaputta

The Discourse concerning Malunkyaputta is from the Connected Discourse Collection (Samyutta Nikaya) of the Pali Canon and it is one the few that deals directly with meditation practice. It describes how the Buddha leads the monk Malunkyaputta through a series of questions and answers meant to bring him to a more complete understanding of reality. The […]

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