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Fundamentals of Buddhism – Peter Santina

Fundamentals of Buddhism – Peter Santina

At the request of the Srilankaramaya Buddhist Temple Dr. Santina gave a series of lectures in which the foundation of Buddhism was given. These lectures have been made into a book with the hope that they can contribute to an understanding of the actual teaching of the Buddha.

The Practice Which Leads to Nibbana – Pa Auk Sayadaw

The Practice Which Leads to Nibbana – Pa Auk Sayadaw

As you can read in the introduction, this book is not intended for the beginning meditation practitioner. It is based on the meditation methods found in the Commentary on the Visuddhimagga. This includes a detailed analysis of mental processes and matter according to the categories of the Abhidhamma. It is therefore advised to first learn […]

On Meditation – Ajahn Chah

On Meditation – Ajahn Chah

In this short work there are some Dhamma talks by Ajahn Chah about meditation. Ajahn Chah talks about buddho, samādhi (concentration) and wisdom. It’s a good start to get a feeling for his way of teaching, which is close to Ahba’s teachings. The book should not be confused with the more extensive work Meditation published […]

Abhidhamma in Daily Life – Nina van Gorkum

Abhidhamma in Daily Life – Nina van Gorkum

This book is a beautiful study book for anyone who wants to delve further into the Abhidhamma. It really is a study book, complete with questions at the end of each chapter to check if you have understood its contents. Still, it is not a dry textbook, but a beautifully written work that tries to […]

Clarity of Insight – Ajahn Chah

Clarity of Insight – Ajahn Chah

Two lessons on meditation given by Ajahn Chah. The first lesson is about meditating on ‘buddho’, the meditation method that Ajahn Chah frequently taught. Ajah Chah teaches how to make the mind pure and clear through meditation on “buddho” and the development of  samādhi (concentration). By training the mind with samatha meditation, clear insight (vipassanā) […]

Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah

A biography about Ajahn Chah, one of the greatest meditation teachers within Theravāda Buddhism of the last century. Ajahn Chah steadily practiced the path of morality, concentration and wisdom to the highest point, the complete liberation, Nibbāna (Nirvana). His teachings on meditation and Buddhist philosophy are simple, full of humour but at the same time […]

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization – Bhikkhu Analayo

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization – Bhikkhu Analayo

This book is perhaps the best starting point for anyone wishing to learn more about the practice of sati, often translated as mindfulness. Bhikkhu Analayo combines his own doctoral research and experience with mindfulness meditation and places it in the context of Theravāda Buddhism. It is a very detailed account of a difficult subject. The […]

Mind Overcoming its Cankers – Acharya Buddharakkhita

Mind Overcoming its Cankers – Acharya Buddharakkhita

Mind Overcoming its Cankers by Acharya Buddharakkhita is one of our most recommended books. It is a profound exposition of the āsavas, the mental pollutions that maintain samsāra, the endless wandering around, and thus the endless unsatisfactoriness. Acharya Buddharakkhita does this by means of the Sabbasava Sutta, the second sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya (the […]

Venerable Acariya Mun Buridatta Thera

Venerable Acariya Mun Buridatta Thera

Tan Ajahn Mun is one of the most respected and well-known meditation masters of the Thai forest tradition of the last century. This biography, written by the also highly esteemed Ajahn Maha Boowa, gives a valuable glimpse into his life and practice. It is a fierce work that shows how much effort is needed to […]

Walking Meditation – Ajahn Nyanadhammo

Walking Meditation – Ajahn Nyanadhammo

Walking meditation is often used in vipassanā meditation, especially during retreats. In this book Ajahn Nyanadhammo explains various techniques of walking meditation. If you practice samatha meditation on ‘buddho’, walking meditation is not directly part of the meditationsystem itself. Ahba teaches that it is extremely difficult to achieve very high concentration while walking and having […]

The Vision of Dhamma – Nyanaponika Thera

The Vision of Dhamma – Nyanaponika Thera

This book is a collection of long and short essays by Nyanaponika Thera. Nyanaponika Thera has been president of the Buddhist Publishing Society in Sri Lanka for many years and has practiced meditation intensively himself. His best-known work is ‘The Heart of Buddhist Meditation’ in which he combines his experience with his extensive knowledge of […]

The Life of the Buddha – Bhikkhu Nanamoli

The Life of the Buddha – Bhikkhu Nanamoli

This book on the life of the Buddha, written by Bhikkhu Nanamoli, is perhaps the best ‘biography’ within Theravāda Buddhism. Bhikkhu Nanamoli relies almost exclusively on the Pali Canon (the ancient Buddhist scriptures). The result is refreshing and undistorted. Here you will not find the legend you hear so often, or sweet and sappy stories […]

The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Read a story out of this book every now and then and think about it. It will benefit your well-being and happiness! Ajahn Chah knows how to convey the Dhamma from personal experience with simple but direct examples, be it on moral behavior, meditation or wisdom. The way Ajahn Chah speaks always reminds us of […]

The Noble Eightfold Path – Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Noble Eightfold Path – Bhikkhu Bodhi

Bhikkhu Bodhi is one of our favorite Theravāda buddhist writers. His work is always reliable, his knowledge and overview of the Pali Canon (the ancient Buddhist scriptures) admirable. This work on the eightfold path, the path leading to liberation from suffering, is no exception. Bhikkhu Bodhi discusses each of the eight path factors extensively, with […]

Abhidhamma studies – Nyanaponika Thera

Abhidhamma studies – Nyanaponika Thera

Abhidhamma studies is one of those books that you can reread every few years and find new depth. In this work Nyanaponika Thera displays great insight into the many layers  of knowledge that can be found within the first beneficial citta mentioned in the Abhidhamma Piṭaka. And if you don’t want to read the whole […]

The Requisits of Enlightenment – Ledi Sayadaw

The Requisits of Enlightenment – Ledi Sayadaw

Ledi Sayadaw is one of the great Theravāda-buddhist monks of the last century, praised for his knowledge of the Abhidhamma but also for his emphasis on the practice of meditation. He got his name from the intensive meditation he practiced in the Ledi forest where he later also taught meditation. Ledi Sayadaw is seen as […]

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma – Bhikkhu Bodhi

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma – Bhikkhu Bodhi

The venerable Anuruddha’s Abdhidhammattha Sangaha is a masterpiece. It is one of the most important and influential works within Theravāda Buddhism and together with the Visuddhimagga, written by the venerable Buddhagosa, it is one of the standard works for anyone who wants to delve into the ancient Buddhist teachings. In nine short chapters the complete […]

Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification)

Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification)

The Visuddhimagga – translated as Path to Purity – is one of the crown jewels of Theravāda Buddhism. It is a summary of the entire Buddhist teaching, a detailed exposition of the path to liberation in three parts: morality (sīla), concentration (samādhi) and wisdom (paññā), written in the fifth century by the venerable Buddhagosa. In […]