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The Art of Living

The Art of Living – Vipassana means “insight” in the ancient Pali language of India. It is the essence of the teaching of the Buddha, the actual experience of the truths of which he spoke. The Buddha himself attained that experience by the practice of meditation, and therefore meditation is what he primarily taught. His […]

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma – The Philosophical Psychology of Buddhism edited by Bhikkhu Bodi. At the heart of the Abhidhamma philosophy is the Abhidhamma Pitaka one of the divisions of the Pali Canon recognized by Theravada Buddhism as the authoritative recension of the Buddha’s teachings. This canon was compiled at the three great Buddhist […]

Journey into Burmese Silence by Marie B. Byles

Journey into Burmese Silence is the personal account of the search for a retreat in which to learn the art of meditation. The quest brings Marie B. Byles to Burma in 1957, where she begins to practice Vipassana or insight meditation at the Theravada monastery Maha Bohdi. Journey into Burmese Silence also include a translation of […]

A Chanting Guide – Pali Passages with English Translations

Pali is an extinct language, but the original language of the Theravadin Buddhist scriptures and the closest we have to the dialect spoken by the Buddha himself. It has no written script of its own, so every country that has adopted Theravada Buddhism has used its own script to transcribe it. This book is a free guide to the […]

Mindfulness Precepts & Crashing in the Same Car by Ajahn Jayasaro

Mindfulness Precepts & Crashing in the Same Car by Ajahn Jayasaro was published in 2008. The title is taken from the David Bowie song “Always crashing in the same car” from the album Low from 1977. The title refers to certain phases of Buddhist meditations as practised in the thai Theravada tradition where the meditator seems […]

Cittanupassana and Vedananupassana – Mogok Sayadaw’s way by Than Daing

Cittanupassana and Vedananupassana with the subtitle Mogok Sayadaw‘s Way is a compilation of detailed instructions on the two meditation forms Meditation of Feeling (Vedanannupassana) and Meditation on Mind “Cittanupassana” as taught by Mogok Sayadaw. Than Daing places the practices in the larger system of Burmese Buddhist meditation, he explains he diferent stages and uses several pages […]

The Earliest Recorded Discourses of the Buddha

The Earliest Recorded Discourses of the Buddha are based on translations done by Anandajoti Bhikku, who published this work in 2010. The earliest recorded discourses of the Buddha centers around the period not long after the Awakening. We have three records of this period, they are the Lalitavistara, which originally seems to have belonged to the […]

Books by Luang Ta Maha Boowa

Here are a list of shorter texts by Luang Ta Maha Boowa recently translated to English by Steven Towler, who suggested that I post them here.  Luang Ta Maha Boowa, known as Ajahn Maha Bua in Thai, is one of the best known Thai Buddhist monks of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He was widely regarded […]

Language, Thought, and Logical Paradoxes

Language, Thought, and Logical Paradoxes by Douglas M. Burns is an approach to the problem of paradoxes from within the reference of Theravada Buddhism. In 1970 Dr. Burns spent nine months in meditation practice. For over seven months of this period he was a monk and a disciple of the Venerable Ajahn Chah, one of Thailand’s most well respected […]

Maha Satipatthana Sutta

Maha Satipatthana Sutta has been translated into The Greater Discourse on Steadfast Mindfulness or The Great Discourse on the Establishing Awareness. It is acknowledged as the most important Sutta that the Buddha taught in the Burmese Theravada Buddhism and it provides a means for practicing mindfulness in a variety of contexts. Famously, the Buddha declares at the beginning of […]

Things as they are by Ajaan Maha Boowa Nanasampanno

Things as the are are talks originally given  to the monks at Acariya Maha Boowa’s monastery, Wat Pa Baan Taad, in Udorn Thani Province, Thailand. As might be expected, they deal in part with issues particular to the life of Buddhist monks, but they also contain much that is of more general interest. Since the monks who had assembled to listen […]

Snow in the Summer by Sayadaw U Jotika

Snow in the Summer is a compilation of extracts from letters written by Sayadaw U Jotika, a Burmese Buddhist monk living in the forest, to his Western students. Sayadaw U Jotika writes in this book on several topics such as mindfulnes, meditation, solitude, relationships etc. The book is written to be picked and read from any […]

Forest Desanas by Ajaan Maha Boowa Nanasampanno

Forest Desanas by Ajaan Maha Boowa Nanasampanno is a compilation of detailed instructions from the Thai Forest tradition. Ajaan Maha Boowa is widely recognized as living Buddhist saint and a master in the Thai Forest tradition.  In 1955 he established the Wat Pa Baan Taad monastery and this book outlines his teachings. The fundamental problem that besets human beings, according […]

Introduction to Insight Meditation

Introduction to Insight Meditation is a basic and straightforward introduction to the practice of Insight Meditation as taught within the tradition of Theravada Buddhism. This book was written at and published by the Amaravati Monastary in England. The purpose of Insight Meditation is not to create a system of beliefs, but rather to give guidance on how to see clearly […]

Into the Stream

Into the Stream - A Study Guide on the First Stage of Awakening by. The Pali Canon, the scripture of the Theravada Buddhist Tradition written 29 BCE,  recognizes four levels of Awakening. The first of which is called stream entry. The name indicates a stream that will inevitably lead to enlightenment. This study guide on stream entry is divided […]

Art of Attention

Art of Attention is written by Pannyavaro, who founded Buddhanet.net back in 1993 – one of the oldest and most comprehensive Buddhist websites. This book was written to be published on the site.  The author states in the foreword that the art of attention is the common thread underpinning all schools of Buddhist meditation: Mahamudra in the Tibetan […]

Rugged Interdependency – A Monk’s Reflections on the American Buddhist Landscape by Amaro Bhikku

Rugged Interdependency with the subtitle A Monk’s Reflections on the American Buddhist Landscape was written by Amaro Bhikku and published by the Abhayagiri Manostic Foundation. In the early 1980s Ajahn Sumedho began to make regular visits to northern California. He was the senior Western disciple of Ajahn Chah, one of the most highly respected Buddhist masters […]

The Four Noble Truths by Mogok Sayadaw

The Four Noble Truths by Mogok Sayadaw is the transcribed and translated notes taken during a series of meetings in Yangoon 1962. Mogok Sayadaw was an extrodinary monk in the Burmese Theravada tradition. He spend most of his life meditating in the mountains, partly taking shelter from the Japanese during the war. After the war […]

The Sacred Books of the East – all 50 volumes

The Sacred Books of the East is an enormous  project undertaken by Max Müller and various authors from 1879 and 1910. The groups work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. It is not possible to buy the complete set of these works, but Google […]

Unravelling the Mysteries of Mind and Body Through Abhidhamma

Unravelling the Mysteries of Mind and Body Through Abhidhamma by Sayalay Susil. Abhidhamma is a Pali word , the language in which the Theravadin records of the teachings of the Buddha have been recorded. The word is composed of the two parts, ‘abhi’ meaning ‘higher’ or ‘greater’ and ‘dhamma’ which means ‘reality’ or ‘truth’ (it […]

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