This site offers a multitude of downloads of audio Dhamma talks, talk collections and Buddhist chants, e-books of Dhamma talk transcriptions, essay collections, treatises, study guides, translations and essays. Thanissaro Bhikkhu of Metta Forest Monastery is the speaker, author, or translator in all cases unless otherwise noted.
All of the Dhamma offered here is offered freely: no price tag, no suggested or solicited donations, no required memebership, no strings attached in any way. This is distributing the Dhamma in line with the Dhamma, which is priceless and should never be sold. The best way to repay a teacher’s generosity is to earnestly put the teachings into practice ― to see for yourself, for your own benefit, and for the benefit of the world.
Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Taan Ajaan Geoff) is a senior monk in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism. To learn more about Metta Forest Monastery you can visit the website at watmetta.org. To learn more about Thanissaro Bhikkhu and the Thai Forest Tradition from accesstoinsight.org, click on these underlined links.
Recommendations for Newcomers
Talks: The Basics collection is a graduated series of 10-15 minute Dhamma talks addressing many areas of the practice. Any of the Dhamma talks can be played initially during meditation to provide guidance and ideas for experimentation. Alternatively, the Guided Meditations collection provides a few variations of a longer guided meditation providing more structure.
The best introductions to the Dhamma are Noble Strategy, a collection of essays about Buddhism by Thanissaro Bhikkhu; Awareness Itself, a collection of short teachings by Ajaan Fuang, Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s teacher; and Refuge, a compilation of essays and scriptures from the Pali Canon addressing basic elements of the Buddhist Path.
Last but not least, the essential guide to practicing the Buddhist Path, but which is not the best starting place for the beginner, is The Wings to Awakening.