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    meditations7_thumbnail Meditations 7. Transcribed Dhamma talks on breath meditation and various aspects of the Buddhist Path given by Thanissaro Bhikkhu during the evening meditation sessions at Metta Forest Monastery from 2012-2015.

    Sutta Nipata thumbnail Sutta Nipata: The Discourse Group, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. This is a translation of the entire collection of 72 suttas, which includes some of the longer and more famous poems in the Pali Canon, such as the Discourse on Goodwill (Karaniya-Metta Sutta), the Discourse on Treasures (Ratana Sutta), and the Discourse on Protection (Mangala Sutta). It also contains two sets of poems considered to be deep expressions of advanced points of doctrine: the Atthaka Vagga, on the theme of non-clinging, and the Parayana Vagga, in which the Buddha answers questions posed by adepts in concentration practice. The collection also contains three suttas with rare biographical information of the Buddha’s early life.

    The Buddha’s Teachings thumbnail The Buddha’s Teachings: An Introduction, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. A short introduction to the basic concepts and values underlying Buddhist practice, with special attention to clearing up common misinterpretations about what the Buddha taught.

    Noble and True thumbnail Noble & True, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Feb. 29, 2016) The sixth collection of essays. Includes: Danger Is Normal, What’s Noble about the Noble Truths?, Truths with Consequences, We Are Not One, Under Your Skin, Silence Isn’t Mandatory, The Not-self Strategy, and The Buddha’s Last Word.


    Pali Canon

    Handful of Leaves thumbnail Handful of Leaves: an Anthology from the Sutta Pitaka, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Jan. 21, 2016) This revised edition includes many small substantive revisions to the translations and one significant addition: the inclusion of the anthology of the Theragatha & Therigatha. Also many typographical errors and broken links have been fixed, and the formatting and typography, polished. It is recommended that you replace your current copy of the Sutta collection with this revised edition. The individual Sutta collections (the Digha, Majjhima, Samyutta, and Anguttara Nikayas) have also been updated.

    This all-in-one eBook bundles all of the sutta collections on this page: the Digha, Majjhima, Samyutta, and Anguttara Nikayas, as well as six books from the Khuddaka Nikaya—the Khuddakapatha, Dhammapada, Udana, Itivuttaka, and Theragatha & Therigatha. The purpose of combining these collections into one volume is to hyper-link the extensive cross-referencing within and across the collections. The sutta collections on this page provide the most current and complete collection of Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s translations now that the accesstoinsight.org website is frozen. With the hyper-linking, these eBooks are a superior on- or off-line alternative to the .html pages of accesstoinsight.org until dhammatalks.org relaunches.

    Note re the .pdf version: The .pdf is over 2,000 pages long and may not scroll well depending on your reading device.


    Digha Nikaya thumbnail Handful of Leaves, Volume I: an Anthology from the Digha Nikaya, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Jan. 17, 2016) This volume is the first in a four-volume anthology of suttas (discourses) drawn from the Sutta Pitaka (Discourse Basket or Repository) of the Pali Canon. This volume contains suttas drawn from the first of the ive collections comprising the Sutta Pitaka: the Digha Nikaya—or Long Collection—named after the length not of the collection, but of its individual suttas. There are 34 in all, many of them among the most polished literary compositions in the Pali Canon. This anthology contains complete translations of eight suttas, and partial translations of two.

    Majjhima Nikaya thumbnail Handful of Leaves, Volume II: an Anthology from the Majjhima Nikaya, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Dec. 31, 2015) The Majjhima Nikaya—the Middle Collection—is the second collection in the Sutta Pitaka. It takes its name from the length of the discourses it contains: shorter than those in the Long Collection, longer than those in the Connected and Numerical Collections. There are 152 suttas in all. This anthology offers complete translations of 76 of these suttas, and excerpts from five.

    The suttas in the Majjhima Nikāya are among the most interesting and informative of the Canon. However, when they were collected they were organized for ease of memorization, not for ease of study. So, as an introduction to the collection, here is a list of suttas organized by topic, from the more fundamental to the more advanced.


    Samyutta Nikaya thumbnail Handful of Leaves, Volume III: an Anthology from the Samyutta Nikaya, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Dec. 31, 2015) The Samyutta Nikaya, a collection of short to medium-length discourses, takes its name from the way the discourses are organized into groups connected (samyutta) by a particular theme. In some cases, the theme is a topic. In others it may be the name of an interlocutor, a place, a group of people, or—as in the Simile-Connected discourses—a formal attribute of the discourses themselves. The complete collection, counting all its formulaic expansions, contains more than 2,900 discourses, of which 370 are translated here.

    Anguttara Nikaya thumbnail Handful of Leaves, Volume IV: an Anthology from the Anguttara Nikaya, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Jan. 19, 2016) The Anguttara Nikaya, a collection of short to medium-length discourses, takes its name from the way the discourses are grouped by the number of their parts (anga), with the number growing progressively higher (uttara) with each group. No single English term can convey the full meaning of this name, although the translation Numerical Collection gives a workable idea of the principle behind it. The complete collection, counting all its formulaic expansions, contains more than 9,500 discourses. When these expansions are not counted, the total comes to approximately 2,300 discourses, of which 333 are translated here.

    Itivuttaka thumbnail Itivuttaka: This was said by the Buddha, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Jan. 21, 2015) The Itivuttaka is a newly updated translation of a collection of 112 short Suttas, each one a prose passage followed by a verse. This collection is shaped less by literary considerations than the Dhammapada or Udana and is more straightforwardly didactic. The itivuttakas cover the full range of Buddhist practice. On the basic levels, they focus on skillful and unskillful behavior, and on the advanced, they cover some topics found nowhere else in the Canon.

    udana_thumb Udana: Exclamations, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Jan. 21, 2015) A complete translation of the book of the Udana from the Khuddaka Nikaya collection of the Pali Canon. The role of the Udana within the context of the Pali Canon is to focus on the values and principles—“meaning” in the larger sense of the term—that underlie the Buddha’s teachings.

    dhammapada_thumb Dhammapada: A Translation, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Dec. 10, 2014; pdf revised Dec 16, 2015) An anthology of verses attributed to the Buddha long recognized as one of the masterpieces of early Buddhist literature. This edition has the full Introduction, Historical Notes, and extensive Endnotes, which are hyper-linked in the epub & mobi versions.

    The Poems of the Elders thumbnail Poems of the Elders: An Anthology from the Theragatha & Therigatha, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Jan. 19, 2016) This is an anthology consisting of 88 poems from the Theragatha (Poems of the Elder Monks) and 32 from the Therigatha (Poems of the Elder Nuns). These texts are, respectively, the eighth and ninth texts in the Khuddaka Nikaya, or Collection of Short Pieces, the last collection of the Sutta Pitaka in the Pali Canon.

    Buddhist Monastic Code thumbnail Buddhist Monastic Code 2 thumbnail The Buddhist Monastic Code, Volumes I & II, translated and explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Jan. 10, 2014) Both volumes are newly revised. These new eBooks combine both volumes into one and take advantage of the cross-referencing, search, and nested Table of Contents features of the eBook formats. The the pdf is one very large, continuous file, and will render very poorly compared to the other eBook formats.

    This two-volume set attempts to give an organized, detailed account of the Vinaya training rules and the traditions that have grown up around them. The Patimokkha training rules as explained in the Sutta Vibhanga are the topic of the first volume; the rules found in the Khandhakas, the topic of the second. The book as a whole is aimed primarily at those whose lives are affected by the rules—bhikkhus who live by them, and other people who have dealings with the bhikkhus — so that they will be able to find gathered in one location as much essential information as possible on just what the rules do and do not entail. Students of Early Buddhism, Theravadin history, or contemporary Theravadin issues should also find this book interesting, as should anyone who is serious about the practice of the Dhamma and wants to see how the Buddha worked out the ramifications of Dhamma practice in daily life.



    Thai Forest Ajaans

    A Heart Released thumbnail A Heart Released: The Teachings of Phra Ajaan Mun, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Much has been written about the life of Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Thera (1870-1949), the founder of the Thai Forest Tradition, but very little was recorded of his teachings during his lifetime. (Most of his teachings he left in the form of people: the students whose lives were profoundly shaped by the experience of living and practicing meditation under his guidance.) The first piece translated here, A Heart Released (Muttodaya), is a record of passages from his sermons, made during the years 1944-45 by two monks who were staying under his guidance. The second, The Ever-present Truth, is drawn from notes of Ajaan Mun’s sermons taken by two of his students during the last two years of his life, covering a wide range of topics, including some standard accounts of the Buddha’s life. And the third, the poem The Ballad of Liberation from the Khandhas, was found after his death among the few papers he left behind.

    The Heightened Mind thumbnail The Heightened Mind: Dhamma Talks of Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. In previous collections of Ajaan Lee’s talks, the main focus has been on technique. Here the focus is more on attitudes to bring to the practice of concentration. As he once said, the three trainings are like posts supporting a bridge over a river. The posts on the near shore and far—virtue and discernment—are not that hard to set in place, for they lie in shallow water away from the main current of the river. The posts in the middle of the river—concentration—are the ones requiring special effort, and so they need to be treated in depth.

    Autobiography thumbnail The Autobiography of Phra Ajaan Lee, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Dec. 12, 2014) Phra Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo was one of the foremost teachers in the Thai forest ascetic tradition of meditation founded at the turn of the twentieth century by Phra Ajaan Sao Kantasilo and Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatto. His life was short but eventful. Known for his skill as a teacher and his mastery of supranatural powers, he was the first to bring the ascetic tradition out of the forests of the Mekhong basin and into the mainstream of Thai society in central Thailand.

    Skill of Release thumbnail The Skill of Release: Teachings of Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. A selection of Ajaan Lee’s teachings, including a few full talks, some short passages, and sometimes even half-thoughts, if they seemed provocative enough. Although the passages presented here have been arranged so that the book will stand on its own, they are also meant to fill in some of the gaps left by Ajaan Lee’s other writings.

    Basic Themes thumbnail Basic Themes: Four Treatises on Buddhist Practice, by Phra Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo. Uniquely among the ajaans in the Thai Wilderness tradition Ajaan Lee composed systematic treatises on the practice. These are valuable documents, giving a wilderness perspective on basic Dhamma topics.

    Fistful of Sand thumbnail Fistful of Sand & The Light of Discernment: Teachings of Phra Ajaan Suwat Suvaco, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. In 1989 Ajaan Suwat, the founder of Metta Forest Monastery, guided a meditation retreat for Westerners at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. Fistful of Sand contains the translations of the Dhamma talks and question and answer sessions from that retreat. The Light of Discernment is a collection of translations of Dhamma talks by Luang Pu Suwat given at Metta Forest Monastery.

    keeping_the_breath_in_mind_thumb Keeping the Breath in Mind & Lessons in Samadhi, by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo. A fundamental guidebook for breath meditation and practicing the jhanas.

    food_for_thought_thumb Food for Thought: Eighteen Talks on the Training of the Heart, by Phra Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo. The title of this collection reflects how it invites the reader to fill in the spaces suggested by the talks to reflect on how the images and teachings they contain relate to one another and to one’s own situation in life.

    inner_strength_thumb Inner Strength & Parting Gifts: Talks by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. A collection of 20 Dhamma Talks by Ajaan Lee, from the basics of breath meditation to longer talks with extended metaphors on consciousnesses, knowledge and the defilements.

    Starting Out Small thumbnail Starting Out Small: A Collection of Talks for Beginning Meditators, by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo. (revised July 30, 2016) In this collection of talks Ajaan Lee covers the sorts of questions that occur to people new to meditation—Why meditate? How should I meditate? And why in that particular way?—and in his own style he provided not only straightforward answers to these questions but also vivid analogies.

    This expanded edition contains translations of two new talks that have never been published before—“Merit” and “On Target”—along with complete translations of the talks “The Art of Letting Go” and “At the Tip of Your Nose,” both of which were excerpted in Lessons in Samadhi.


    Frames of Reference_thumb Frames of Reference, by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo. A practical explanation for meditators of the four frames of reference from the Satipatthana Sutta.

    awarenessitself_thumb Awareness Itself, by Ajaan Fuang Jotiko. A collection of teachings spanning the whole range of practice by Ajaan Lee’s principal student and Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s teacher.

    Gifts He Left Behind thumbnail Gifts He Left Behind: The Dhamma Legacy of Phra Ajaan Dune Atulo, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. This book is a compilation of Ajaan Dune’s short teachings—pure truths at the highest level, lessons and admonishments he gave his students, answers to questions, and passages from the Buddha’s words in the Canon that he always liked to quote. Also included are the events, locations, and people who were involved, to help make the passages easier to understand and more inviting to read. Translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

    Still Flowing Water thumbnail Still Flowing Water: Eight Dhamma Talks, by Venerable Ajahn Chah, and translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. A collection of eight new or significantly revised translations of Ajahn Chah’s Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Two of them have never been translated before into English, and four of them are based on entirely new Thai transcriptions of the best and most complete source recordings available.

    It It’s Like This: 108 Dhamma Similes, by Venerable Ajahn Chah, and translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Ajahn Chah was a master at using the apt and unusual simile to explain points of Dhamma. He was especially talented at exploiting the open-ended nature of the simile - using a particular image to make one point in one context, and a very different point in another. This book is a companion to In Simple Terms.

    In Simple Terms thumbnail In Simple Terms: 108 Dhamma Similes, by Venerable Ajahn Chah, and translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Ajahn Chah was a master at using the apt and unusual simile to explain points of Dhamma. The translations of these similes have been polished as little as possible, for their unpolished nature is precisely what reveals unexpected layers of meaning. This book is a companion to It’s Like This.

    other teachings of Thai Ajaans_thumb Other Teachings by Thai Ajaans. A number of translations by Thanissaro Bhikkhu in .pdf format of teachings by well-respected Ajaans of the Thai Forest Tradition: Chao Khun Nararatana, Phra Ajaan Thate, Phra Ajaan Khamdee, Phra Ajaan Phut, and Phra Ajaan Fuang.


    Dhamma Talks

    The Karma of Mindfulness thumbnail The Karma of Mindfulness: The Buddha’s Teachings on Sati and Kamma, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Dec. 8, 2015) A series of talks on the relationship between the two central Buddhist concepts of kamma (karma) and mindfulness (sati). The talks show how the Buddha’s teachings on kamma—far from being irrelevant to the practice of mindfulness—actually provide the essential ground for understanding how mindfulness best functions in developing the mind for the purpose of putting an end to suffering and stress. The series of talks was given on an eight-day retreat at Le Refuge, a Buddhist group located in Auriol, near Marseilles, France.

    The Noble Eightfold Path thumbnail The Noble Eightfold Path: 13 Meditation Talks, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Sept. 17, 2015) The Noble Eightfold Path forms the framework for all the Buddha’s teachings. It was the first topic he mentioned in his first sermon, and the last topic he mentioned in his last. These edited transcripts correspond to the 13 Noble Eightfold Path mp3s available on the Talk Collections page.

    meditations6_thumb Meditations 6. Transcribed Dhamma talks on breath meditation and various aspects of the Buddhist Path given by Thanissaro Bhikkhu during the evening meditation sessions at Metta Forest Monastery from 2009-2011.

    meditations5_thumb Meditations 5. (revised April 2, 2014) Transcribed Dhamma talks on breath meditation and various aspects of the Buddhist Path given by Thanissaro Bhikkhu during the evening meditation sessions at Metta Forest Monastery from 2006-2009.

    meditations4_thumb Meditations 4. Transcribed Dhamma talks on breath meditation and various aspects of the Buddhist Path given by Thanissaro Bhikkhu during the evening meditation sessions at Metta Forest Monastery from 2004-2008.

    meditations3_thumb Meditations 3. Transcribed Dhamma talks on breath meditation and various aspects of the Buddhist Path given by Thanissaro Bhikkhu during the evening meditation sessions at Metta Forest Monastery from 2001-2005.

    meditations2_thumb Meditations 2. Transcribed Dhamma talks on breath meditation and various aspects of the Buddhist Path given by Thanissaro Bhikkhu during the evening meditation sessions at Metta Forest Monastery from 2000-2005.

    meditations1_thumb Meditations 1. Transcribed Dhamma talks on breath meditation and various aspects of the Buddhist Path given by Thanissaro Bhikkhu during the evening meditation sessions at Metta Forest Monastery from 1996-2003.

    eDtalks3_thumb epublished Dhamma Talks, vol. III. (revised Dec. 20, 2014) Transcribed Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu from 2003-2011 similar to those in the Meditations series, but which were never published as a book.

    eDtalks2_thumb epublished Dhamma Talks, vol. II. Transcribed Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu from 2002-2008 similar to those in the Meditations series, but which were never published as a book.

    eDtalks1_thumb epublished Dhamma Talks, vol. I. Transcribed Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu from 1995-2004 similar to those in the Meditations series, but which were never published as a book.

    to the evening talk download page Individual Talk Transcriptions. Dhamma talk transcriptions are also available from the mp3 audio download page where links to pdf files appear next to their respective mp3 source files. You also might want to use the new search function on the site (‘more > search’ on the navigation menu). This uses the Duck Duck Go search engine to search dhammatalks.org and allows you to search the content of all the pdf transcriptions for particular topics of interest.


    Essays

    Beyond All Directions thumbnail Beyond All Directions. The fifth collection of essays by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Includes: Beyond All Directions, Lost in Quotation, An All-around Eye, Metta Means Goodwill, On Denying Defilement, Virtue Without Attachment, The Limits of the Unlimited Attitudes, The Essence of the Dhamma, The Middles of the Middle Way, and The Arrows of Thinking.

    head&heart_thumb Head & Heart Together, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised July 11, 2016) This is a revised edition to the fourth collection of essays. Significant changes were made to the essay ‘Mindfulness Defined,’ and Pali diacritics were added throughout. The essays included are: The Lessons of Gratitude, No Strings Attached, The Power of Judgment, Think like a Thief, Strength Training for the Mind, Mindfulness Defined, The Joy of Effort, Head & Heart Together, The Wisdom of the Ego, Ignorance, Food for Awakening, The Buddha via the Bible, and Freedom from Buddha Nature.

    purity_thumb Purity of Heart. The third collection of essays by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Includes: Purity of Heart, Faith in Awakening, Untangling the Present, Pushing the Limits, All About Change, The Roots of Buddhist Romanticism, Right & Wrong Reconciliation, Getting the Message, Educating Compassion, Jhana Not by the Numbers, The Integrity of Emptiness, A Verb for Nirvana, The Practice in a Word.

    karmaofquestions_thumb The Karma of Questions, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised July 13, 2016) This is a revised edition to the second collection of essays. Significant changes were made to the essay ‘Perennial Issues,’ and Pali diacritics were added throughout. The essays included are: Life Isn't Just Suffering, Opening the Door to the Dhamma, Questions of Skill, Freedom from Fear, Samsara, Samsara Divided by Zero, The Agendas of Mindfulness, De-perception, The Weight of Mountains, Five Piles of Bricks, Perennial Issues, and When You Know for Yourselves.

    noblestrategy_thumb Noble Strategy. (revised Oct. 25, 2015) This first collection of essays by Thanissaro Bhikkhu is recommended for new practitioners. Includes: Affirming the Truths of the Heart, Karma, The Road to Nirvana Is Paved with Skillful Intentions, The Healing Power of the Precepts, Right Speech, Trading Candy for Gold, A Guided Meditation, The Path of Concentration & Mindfulness, One Tool Among Many, What Is Emptiness?, No-self or Not-self?, and The Image of Nirvana.

    miscellaneous essays_thumb Other Essays. Essays by Thanissaro Bhikkhu that have appeared in various Buddhist publications, but which have not yet been included in a collection.


    Study Guides

    The Buddha Smiles thumbnail The Buddha Smiles: Humor in the Pali Canon, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Oct. 17, 2015) An anyalysis of the style and function of humor in the Pali Canon along with translated passages from the Canon.

    Brahmaviharas thumbnail The Sublime Attitudes: A Study Guide on the Brahmaviharas, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. 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 path itself.

    Ten Perfections thumbnail Ten Perfections: A Study Guide, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. For people in the modern world facing the issue of how to practice the Dhamma in daily life, the ten perfections provide a useful framework for how to do it. When you view life as an opportunity to develop these ten qualities—generosity, virtue, renunciation, discernment, persistence, endurance, truth, determination, good will, and equanimity—you develop a fruitful attitude toward your daily activities so that any skillful activity or relationship, undertaken wisely and in a balanced way, becomes part of the practice.

    Discernment Study Guide thumbnail Discernment: The Buddha’s Strategies for Happiness II, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. This study guide is an introduction to the Buddha’s teachings on how to use discernment to find an unending happiness. The book consists of passages from the Pali Canon and a substantial introduction by Thanissaro Bhikkhu providing context. This book is a companion to Merit.

    Merit Study Guide thumbnail Merit: The Buddha’s Strategies for Happiness I, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. This study guide is an introduction to the Buddha’s teachings on merit. The practice of merit (puñña) is often discounted by western Buddhists, yet the Buddha warns that higher levels cannot be practiced safely without merit as the foundation. This book is a companion to Discernment.

    Recognizing the Dhamma thumbnail Recognizing the Dhamma: A Study Guide, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The Buddha taught eight principles for recognizing what qualifies as Dhamma and Vinaya, and what does not. They form the standards against which the validity of any interpretation of the Dhamma or Vinaya must be judged. They are an indispensible guide in solitary practice and illustrate the application of his teachings in the well-known Kalama Sutta.

    mindful_of_the_body_thumbnail Mindful of the Body: A Study Guide, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised March 22, 2016) This study guide focuses on the primary sutta in the Pali Canon dealing with the contemplation of the body: The Discourse on Mindfulness Immersed in the Body (Majjhima Nikaya 119). Early Buddhism teaches that the body can be used to develop mindfulness and concentration, which in turn can be used to free the mind of its attachments to the body. Then the mind and body can live in peace.

    beyond_coping_thumb Beyond Coping: A Study Guide on Aging, Illness, Death, & Separation, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Passages from the Pali Canon arranged in five sections: the Buddha as physician; diagnoses of the conditions of aging, etc.; the conditions as motivations for heedfulness and diligence; specific remedies; and examples set by the Buddha and his disciples.

    IntoTheStream_thumbnail_image Into the Stream: A Study Guide on the First Stage of Awakening, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. For your practice to lead to Awakening, you must develop reliable standards for judging — which practices lead to stream entry, what indicates a true experience of it, and what its necessary results are.

    meditatorstools_thumb A Meditator’s Tools: A Study Guide on the Ten Recollections, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The ten recollections are a set of meditation themes that highlight the positive role that memory and thought play in training the mind.

    burdenoffthemind_thumb A Burden Off the Mind: A Study Guide on the Five Aggregates, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. An explanation of the Buddha's teaching of the five khandhas and its proper place on the path of practice.


    Treatises

    Buddhist Romanticism thumbnail Buddhist Romanticism, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Dec. 31, 2015) An in-depth study of the pervasive influence of early Romantic thought in shaping the way Buddhism is taught in the West, and of the practical consequences of following the Romantics rather than the Buddha in approaching the problem of suffering and stress.

    Each and Every Breath thumbnail With Each & Every Breath: A Guide to Meditation, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (pdf revised Feb. 21, 2016) A new breath meditation manual by Thanissaro Bhikkhu drawing on two sources: the Buddha’s own set of instructions on how to use the breath in training the mind, and Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo’s method of breath meditation — which builds on the Buddha’s instructions, explaining in detail many of the points that the Buddha left in condensed form. A page has been added to this site with download links to all of the .mp3 dhammatalks referenced in this manual: With Each & Every Breath audio files.

    Right Mindfulness thumbnail Right Mindfulness: Memory & Ardency on the Buddhist Path, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. For the past several decades, a growing flood of books, articles, and teachings has advanced theories about the practice of mindfulness which are highly questionable and—for anyone hoping to realize the end of suffering—seriously misleading. The main aim of this book is to show that the practice of mindfulness is most fruitful when informed by the Buddha’s own definition of right mindfulness and his explanations of its role on the path.

    Rebirth_thumb The Truth of Rebirth: And Why It Matters for Buddhist Practice, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. A short treatise explaining that the Buddha did not teach the doctrine of rebirth because he was blindly following the cultural norms of his time. Instead, our resistance to this teaching is pointing to cultural biases of our own that impede progress on the Path.

    Selves_thumb Selves & Not-self: The Buddhist Teaching on Anatta, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.. A series of eight talks on anatta, or not-self, given at a ten-day retreat in Provence, France. Also there are relevant selections from the Pali Canon at end of the book.

    shapeofsuffering_thumb The Shape of Suffering: A Study of Dependent Co-arising, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. An explanation of dependent co-arising through the analogy of feeding and pulling from the vocabulary of complex, non-linear systems.

    paradox_thumb The Paradox of Becoming, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Although “becoming” is one of the most important concepts in the Buddha’s teachings, there is no full-scale treatment of it in English. This book attempts to fill that lack.

    wings_thumb The Wings to Awakening: An Anthology from the Pali Canon, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The 37 Wings to Awakening were the Buddha’s own summary of his teachings. This book contains Sutta translations organized by topic and with relevant discussion by the author. The internal cross-references are hyper-linked in the epub & mobi versions.

    mindlikefire_thumb The Mind Like Fire Unbound: An Image in the Early Buddhist Discourses, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Western Buddhists have usually understood the Buddha’s metaphor of nibbana (Sanskrit, nirvana) as “extinguishing” or “extinction”. This book, which includes an essay and readings from the Pali Canon, examines ancient Indian theories on the mechanics of fire in order to understand the Buddha’s metaphor in its original context.

    skillinquestions_thumb Skill in Questions: How the Buddha Taught, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (revised Jan. 9, 2014) The content of this treatise has not changed, but all three eBook versions have been recreated from scratch to look and function better as well as provide Pali diacriticals and hyper-linking. If you already have the previous substandard eBook versions in your library, you will want to replace them with these.

    This is a treatise about discernment in action, centered on the Buddha’s strategic use of discernment in framing and responding to questions.


    refuge_thumb Refuge: An Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, & Sangha, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. A short introduction to the basic principles of Buddhism. Included are readings drawn from the earliest Buddhist texts and essays explaining aspects of the Triple Refuge that often provoke questions in those who are new to the Buddha’s teachings.


    Chanting

    Chanting Guide thumbnail A Chanting Guide: Pali Passages with English Translations, by The Dhammayut Order in the United States of America. This guide also includes a pronunciation guide. Audio (.mp3) tracks of many of the chants are available on the chanting page of this site.

    Tone Guide thumbnail Tone Rules: for Pali Chanting in the Thai Tradition. The tone rules for Pali Chanting in the Thai Tradition reflect the tones of the Thai language when reading Pali written in Thai script. This short guide supplements the Pali pronunciation rules at the beginning of the Chanting Guide.


    Audio Books

    frames of reference_thumb Frames of Reference, by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. A practical explanation for meditators of the four frames of reference from the Satipatthana Sutta. This is a 66 MB .zip archive containing eight .mp3 audio files.The ebook and pdf versions are available above.

    unentangled_knowing_thumb An Unentangled Knowing, by Upasika Kee Nanayon, and translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Dhamma talks from the foremost woman Dhamma teacher in modern Thailand. This is a 336 MB .zip archive containing twenty-nine .mp3 audio files. Transcriptions are available from accesstoinsight.org.


    Printed Book Requests

    book list logo Printed Book Requests. The booklist has instructions for requesting printed copies of Dhamma books as well as a list of titles currently in stock. Please review the list carefully and only request books that are available. You may wish to print out the booklist and circle your requests on it.