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Interpreting the Upanishads by Ananda Wood

Interpreting the Upanishads by Ananda Wood translates the Upanishads and explains the content in modern terms. The original statements of the Upanishads have been interpreted and explained in many different ways, through many different schools of thought. Some schools have emphasized a religious approach to truth, through devotion to a worshipped God. Some schools have emphasized a mystical approach, through exercises of meditation that […]

Ishadarshanam – The Philosophy of God

Ishadarshanam – The Philosophy of God has been written by Dr. Baldev Raj Sharma. He teaches Advaita and Vedanta Philosophy at the University of Delhi in India and hes done so for several decades along with meditation and research. He has published a number Public domain books in readable form for the benefit of all. Some […]

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 […]

Straight From the Heart

Straight From the Heart is based on transcriptions of 84 talks by Ajaan Maha Boowa Nanasampanno which he gave to a dying woman staying at the Wat Pa Baan Taad monestary in  Thailand during 1975 and 1976. The total of the talks have been printed in Thai in a two-volume set totaling more than 1.000 pages. This […]

An Introduction to Mahamudra Meditation by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa

An Introduction to Mahamudra Meditation by The Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa is an important guide to the technique. During the flourishing of the Mahamudra teachings in India  in the 8th to 12th centuries there were innumerable people who practiced Mahamudra and who then attained realization through this practice. Literally Mahamudra means  ”great seal” or “great symbol.” It is […]

Seeking Buddho by Ajahn Anan Akincano

Seeking Buddho by Ajahn Anan Akincano is an introduction to the Thai Buddhist Forest teachings of Ajahn Anan Akiñcano. These teachings provide both a guide to the fundamentals of meditation practice and also an overview of the entire Noble Path from beginning to end. Both these aspects stress not only the development of samādhi and wisdom, but also the cultivation of […]

The Shape of Suffering – A Study of Dependent Co-arising

The Shape of Suffering – A Study of Dependent Co-arising by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Dependent co-arising—paticca samuppada—is the Buddha’s most complete analysis of the conditions leading to suffering, together with the conditions leading to suffering’s end. A passage in the Canon states that this was the topic he contemplated on emerging from his first week of […]

Daily Purification – A Short Vajrasattva Practice

Daily Purification – A Short Vajrasattva Practice  is an instruction fra Lama Zopa Rinpoche on a short Vajrasatta meditation called Purification with the Four Opponent Powers. The practice is based upon the merits of Buddhist teacher Atiśa Dipankara Shrijnana born in 980 in Bangladesh – a major figure in the establishment of the Sarma lineages […]

The Science of Pranayama by Sri Swami Sivananda

The Science of Pranayama by Sri Swami Sivananda was first published in 1935 and it has since become a classic on breathing exercises and the benefits of controlled breathing on health and spiritual paths. The book also gives a brief introduction to chakras, meditation poses and some vedic hygienic  routines. Download the book here: ¨ The Science of Pranayama […]

For the Stilling of Volcanoes by Sujiva

For the Stilling of Volcanoes is written byVen. Sujiva, the founder of Santisukharama, is a Malaysian Theravadin Buddhist monk. He is a well known and respected Vipassana meditation teacher who has dedicated his life to the teaching and propagation of Vipassana meditation. For the Stilling of Volcanoes is brief guide to various meditation forms, including some very […]

An Analysis of the Abhidhammatthasaogaha

An Analysis of the Abhidhammatthasaogaha is a transcription of a series of lectures given by an unknown author in a monastary in Burma. The transcription was found in the library of Chanmay Meditation Centre in Burma by the German Manfred Wierich who digitalized them. What is presented here only covers the first chapter of the […]

The Venerable Phra Acharn Mun Bhuridatta Thera Meditation Master

The Venerable Phra Acharn Mun Bhuridatta Thera Meditation Master is the biography of the late Venerable Meditation Master Phra Acharn Mun Bhuridatto. It is the result of compiling of information supplied by a number of his contemporary disciples who had been under his guidance at different times. This is a detailed biography of a dedicated Buddhist monk i […]

Simple Teachings on Higher Truths by Ajahn Anan

Simple Teachings on Higher Truths by Ajahn Anan, the current abbot at the Wat Marp Jan monastary in Thailand . From the intro: “The mind has been spinning all morning, trying to work everything out. We would like to get on with our meditation, but need to resolve this first. It’s about the practice. Meditating […]

Meditation – A Way of Awakening by Ajahn Sucitto

Meditation – A Way of Awakening by Ajahn Sucitto – is a compilation of guidelines on meditation that are in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha from some 2,500 years ago. The timeless quality of these teachings is such that they encourage us to look into states of discontent and stress in order to […]

Everything is Teaching us – A Collection of Teachings by Venerable Ajahn Chah

Everything is Teaching us – A Collection of Teachings by Venerable Ajahn Chah. A great thing about the Theravada tradition is that all books are given away for free. As they say: “The gift of Dhamma surpasses all other gifts.” This also goes for this work “Everything is Teaching us – A Collection of Teachings by […]

Contemplation of the Mind – Practising Cittanupassana

Contemplation of the Mind – Practising Cittanupassana by Bhikku Khemavamsa is ‘hands on’ manual for those yogis who are interested in adding a new level to their Vipassana meditation work. Cittanupassana means the ‘Contemplation of the Consciousness’ as mentioned in the Mahasatipatthana Sutta. Often Cittanupassana is simply translated as ‘the watching of the mind.’ Download […]

Rock & Holy Rollers – The Spiritual Beliefs of Chart-Topping Rock Stars in their Lives and Lyrics

Rock & Holy Rollers by Geoffrey D. Falk is a very entertaining look at the correlation between popular music and the musicians spiritual beliefs and practices. From the introduction: “One may or may not take seriously ideas such as meditation, yoga, astral travel, paganism, or the magick of Aleister Crowley. Nevertheless, a detailed understanding of […]

Fundamentals of Vipassana Meditation

Fundamentals of Vipassana Meditation by Mahasi Sayadaw was published in 1991. Vipassana meditation also called insight meditation is a basic approach used by diverse traditions. Mahasi Sayadaw, died in 1982, was a Burmese Theravada Buddhist monk and meditation master who had a significant impact on the teaching of Vipassana meditation in the West and throughout Asia. […]

Silavanta Sutta

This book “Silavanta Sutta” is a discourse on the Silavantasutta given by Venerable U Silananda during a nine-day Special Retreat at Tathagata Meditation Center in 2001. The Sutta is about a conversation between Sariputta and Mahakothika, two of the greatest disciples of the Buddha, regarding the objects of mindfulness meditation. This is, therefore, one of the Suttas directly related to the practice of […]

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad With commentary of Sri Sankaracharya

The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is one of the oldest Upanishads and one of the largest and important ones. It was written by Ajnavalkya in the mid-first millennium BCE. Brhadaranyaka Upanishad means the “great forest-book” – meaning that is should be read in solitude – and it consists of three part called kandas: the Madhu kanda, the Yajnavalkya or the Muni […]

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