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A systematic and clear presentation of the philosophy of critical Realism as expounded by Dignaga and his school. The work is divided into two parts arranged into 26 chapters. Part I discusses the Nature of Existence, Logical Diff...
by Satkari Mookerjee
152,013 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-06-30
The Lotus Sūtra (Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra) is one of the most popular and influential Mahāyāna sūtras, and is known for its extensive instruction on the concept and usage of skillful means (upāya), the seventh paramita...
translated by Tsugunari Kubo
92,709 words read / comments (0)
The Sūtra of the Great Vow of Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva (Kṣitigarbha Sūtra) is a story about the Buddha teaching to his mother in the Palace of Trāyastriṃśa Heaven about the merits of Kṣitigarbha. It was translated into ...
translated by Various authors
25,133 words read / comments (0)
The Mahāyāna Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra is one of the major sutras of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Its main teachings centre on the eternity of the Buddha, the reality of the True Self, and the presence of the Buddha-dhatu (Buddha Natur...
translated by Kosho Yamamoto
411,786 words read / comments (0)
The Larger Sutra on Amida Buddha is Shakyamuni Buddha's Discourse Revealing Amida Buddha as the Savior of All Beings through the Power of His Great Vows.
17,317 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-05-26
The Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra is a Mahāyāna sūtra that teaches the meaning of nonduality. It contains a report of a teaching addressed to both arhats and bodhisattvas by the layman Vimalakīrti, who expounds the doctrine of ...
translated by John R. McRae
44,185 words read / comments (0)
The Sutra of Queen Śrīmālā of the Lion’s Roar (Śrīmālādevī Siṃhanāda Sūtra) is a Mahayana text no longer extant in Sanskrit but preserved in both the Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist canons. It teaches the doctrines ...
translated by Diana Y. Paul
15,590 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-03-28
The Samaññaphala Sutta is the second discourse of all 34 Digha Nikaya discourses. The title means, "The Fruit of Contemplative Life Discourse." This discourse tells the story of King Ajatasattu, son and successor of...
translated by T. W. Rhys Davids
19,185 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-03-28
The Brahmajala Sutta is the first of 34 suttas in the Digha Nikaya. The sutta discusses three main topics: 1) the elaboration of the Ten Precepts (Cula-sila), 2) the Middle Precepts (Majjhima-sila), 3) and the Great Precep...
translated by T. W. Rhys Davids
21,080 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-02-13
The Way of the White Clouds as an eye-witness account and the description of a pilgrimage in Tibet during the last decenniums of its independence and unbroken cultural tradition, is the attempt to do justice to the above-mentioned...
by Anāgarika Lāma Govinda
123,888 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-02-05
The Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra or Bodhicaryāvatāra, sometimes translated into English as A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, is a famous Mahāyāna Buddhist text written c. 700 AD in Sanskrit verse by Shantideva (Śāntidev...
by Śāntideva; translated by Adam Pearcey
4,169 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-02-03
The Naladiyar is one of the few original works we have in Tamil. It contains altogether forty chapters, of ten stanzas each, on moral subjects.
18,838 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-01-31
The Pārāyanavagga (Pali, "Way to the Far Shore Chapter") is a small collections of suttas within the Pāli Canon of Theravada Buddhism. Speaking generally, the Aṭṭhakavagga and the Pārāyanavagga tend more str...
translated by Ānandajoti Bhikkhu
10,204 words read / comments (0)
The Flower Adornment Sutra (Avataṃsaka Sūtra) is one of the most influential Mahayana sutras of East Asian Buddhism. The Avataṃsaka Sūtra describes a cosmos of infinite realms upon realms, mutually containing one another. ...
translated by Shikshananda
42,486 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-01-31
Anagarika Dharmapala was a Ceylonese Buddhist revivalist and writer. He was one of the founding contributors of Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalism and Buddhism. * Copyright: BPS Online Edition © (2008); Visit source link or see th...
by Bhikkhu Sangharakshita
28,242 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-01-31
The first of the texts translated here, the Exhortation to Rāhula given at Ambalaṭṭhikā (Ambalaṭṭhikā-Rāhulovāda Sutta), was spoken by the Buddha when Rāhula was seven years old. The discourse has two main subjects, ...
translated by Nyanaponika Thera
10,006 words read / comments (0)
Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra is a Mahāyāna sūtra teaching about the bodhisattva Kṣitigarbha, and is one of the more popular sūtras in Chinese Buddhism. The sutra tells of how Kṣitigarbha became a bo...
translated by Shikshananda
152,633 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-01-31
Buddhacharita is an epic poem in the Sanskrit mahakavya style on the life of Gautama Buddha by Aśvaghoṣa, composed in the 1st century CE.
by Bodhisattva Aśvaghoṣa; translated by Charles Willemen
77,962 words read / comments (0)
The female deity Kurukullā, whose practice is the subjectmatter of this text, has a particular place and orientation amid the pantheon of meditational deities. This English translation was prepared on the basis of the readings...
translated by Dharmachakra Translation Committee
26,172 words read / comments (0)
added 2012-06-03
This book then is an attempt to give a sketch of Indian thought or Indian religion and of its history and influence in Asia.
by Sir Charles Norton Edgecumbe Eliot
182,406 words read / comments (0)
added 2012-04-12
This book then is an attempt to give a sketch of Indian thought or Indian religion and of its history and influence in Asia.
by Sir Charles Norton Edgecumbe Eliot
133,792 words read / comments (0)
added 2012-03-04
This book explains the bodhisattva concept and gives guidance to the Buddhist practitioner following the Mahāyāna path towards the attainment of enlightenment. The text was written in Sanskrit by Shantideva (Śāntideva), a B...
by Śāntideva; translated by Andreas Kretschmar
246,740 words read / comments (0)
Paticcasamuppada is Pali language, a combination of three words, i.e. Patticca means "because" and "dependent upon." Sam means "well", Uppada means "arising of effect through cause",...
by U Than Daing
18,306 words read / comments (0)
added 2011-12-29
This book then is an attempt to give a sketch of Indian thought or Indian religion and of its history and influence in Asia.
by Sir Charles Norton Edgecumbe Eliot
179,689 words read / comments (0)
Indispensable reference for art historians, scholars of Eastern philosophy and religion. Wealth of detailed scholarly information on names, attributes, symbolism, pictorial representations of virtually every major and minor divini...
by Alice Getty
98,662 words read / comments (0)
added 2011-02-20
*english translation* The first book of the Abhidhamma (Part 3 of the Tipitaka). The Dhammasangani enumerates all the paramattha dhamma (ultimate realities) to be found in the world. According to one such enumeration these a...
translated by C.A.F. Rhys Davids
124,932 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-12-21
This book includes many things that may not be easy to understand for the reader who is not familiar with the theory and practice of Theravada Buddhism. This book is a translation of the Dhutanga practices of Venerable Acharn Mun ...
by Acariya Maha Boowa Ñanasampanno; translated by Acariya Panyavaddho
256,801 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-10-18
This Book explains how the Deva's interacted with Buddha throughout his history. There are many stories where Buddha teaches the Deva's. Also contains details about the layers of existence (planes) and stories of the Deva's that l...
by Susan Elbaum Jootla
18,470 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-10-11
A study of its origin and development in relation to the Sutta and Vinaya Pitakas by Jotiya Dhirasekera, [Now Bhikkhu Dhammavihari]
by Jotiya Dhirasekera
113,985 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-10-08
This book tries to explains some of the practical uses of the Abhidhamma. The Abhidhamma is the third part of the Pali Canon (Tipitaka). The meaning of "Abhidhamma" is explained as "the higher teaching".
by N.K.G. Mendis
17,503 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-09-09
by Samdhong Rinpoche
29,256 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-09-06
Mahākāśyapa or Kāśyapa was from Magadha, who became one of the principal disciples of Śākyamuni Buddha and who convened and directed the first council. (from wiki)
by Hellmuth Hecker; translated by Nyanaponika Thera
10,694 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-06-14
Compilation of Buddha's Life from Birth till Death.
by Piyadassi Thera
16,655 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-06-13
The life of the Buddha is more than an account of one man's quest for and realisation of the truth; it is also about the people who encountered that man during his forty-five year career and how their encounter transformed them. ...
by Venerable S. Dhammika
28,513 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-06-09
An ancient anthology of protective (paritta) suttas translated into English: discourses of the Buddha commonly recited for protection against fear, illness, and misfortune. An introductory essay explains the value of paritta recit...
by Piyadassi Thera
27,655 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-04-06
by U Ko Lay
48,543 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-04-04
"According to the seed that's sown, So is the fruit ye reap therefrom. Doer of good will gather good, Doer of evil, evil reaps, Sown is the seed, and thou shalt taste The fruit thereof" Buddha - Samyutta Nikaya Sukhi H...
by Sayadaw U Thittila
4,604 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-03-29
Printed Edition 1926 Macmillan and Co., Limited St Martin's Street, London Web Edition 2000 Rhajiv Ratnatunga Pittsburgh. PA USA
by Humphry William Codrington
48,621 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-03-28
The work introduces itself as a treatise composed “for clansmen following the suttas who are zealously engaged in the practice of the vehicle to great enlightenment, in order to improve their skilfulness in accumulating the requ...
by Ācariya Dhammapāla; translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
23,066 words read / comments (0)
By The Editorial Committee - Translation Section Department for the Promotion and Propagation of the Sasana Ministry of Religious Affairs, Yangoon, Myanmar, 1995 supplied by http://www.nibbana.com This introduction in a way may b...
by U Ko Lay; translated by The Editorial Committee
7,776 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-03-21
Cingalese history is authenticated by the concurrence of every evidence that can contribute to verify the annals of any country – “Ceylon” Pearl of the East by Harry Williams
by Mahathera Mahanama; translated by George Turnour
95,939 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-02-28
Translated by Professor Ko Lay, Revised by Sayadaw U Silananda, International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, Yangon, 1999
by Ashin Janakabhivamsa
66,666 words read / comments (0)
Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-Hien of his Travels in India and Ceylon (A.D. 399-414) in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline. Translated and annotated with a Corean recension of the Chinese text by James Legge
by Fa-Hien
51,094 words read / comments (0)
Practical Advice for Meditators by Bhikkhu Khantipalo The Wheel Publication No. 116 Copyright © 1986 Buddhist Publication Society For free distribution only. You may print copies of this work for your personal use. You may re-...
by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
10,033 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-02-19
Compiled and translated from the Pali texts by Nyanaponika Thera The Wheel Publication No. 90/92 ISBN 955-24-0015-5 Copyright © 1987 Buddhist Publication Society For free distribution only. You may print copies of this work fo...
by Nyanaponika Thera
26,620 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-02-09
The Patthanuddesa Dipani The Buddhist Philosophy of Relations By Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw, Aggamahapandita, D.Litt. Translated into English by Sayadaw U Nyana, Patamagyaw of Masoeyein Monastery Mandalay. Edited by The English Edito...
by Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw
21,602 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-02-08
The Catusacca-Dipani The Manual of the Four Noble Truths By Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw, Aggamahapandita, D.Litt. Translated into English by Sayadaw U Nyana, Patamagyaw of Masoeyein Monastery Mandalay Edited by The English Editoria...
by Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw
11,997 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-02-01
The Vipassana-Dipani The Manual of Insight Or The Exposition Of Insight Honor to the Buddha By Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw, Aggamahapandita, D.Litt. Translated into English by Sayadaw U Nyana, Patamagyaw of Masoeyein Monastery Manda...
by Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw
21,831 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-01-31
Conditionality of Life in the Buddhist Teachings An outline of the 24 Conditions as taught in the Abhidhamma
by Nina van Gorkom
56,782 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-01-31
by Nina van Gorkom
122,172 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-01-27
In Asoka’s Footsteps Dhamma in India, October 1999 by Nina Van Gorkom
by Nina Van Gorkom
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by Nina van Gorkom
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by Nina van Gorkom
23,614 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-01-03
by Nina Van Gorkom
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added 2010-01-03
by Nina van Gorkom
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Rupas by Nina van Gorkom: An explanation about an absolute reality around and inside us.
by Nina van Gorkom
24,604 words read / comments (0)
A Survey of Paramattha Dhammas is a guide to the development of the Buddha's path of wisdom, covering all aspects of human life and human behaviour, good and bad. This study explains that right understanding is indispensable for m...
by Sujin Boriharnwanaket
129,875 words read / comments (0)
English Translation By P. H. Wei Update: 01-09-2003
by Wang Chi Biu
22,992 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-08-23
The Wheel Publication No. 397/398 ISBN 955-24-0125-9 Copyright © 1994 Buddhist Publication Society Buddhist Publication Society P.O. Box 61 54, Sangharaja Mawatha Kandy, Sri Lanka For free distribution only You ...
by Robert Bogoda
13,161 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-08-23
by Carlton Carr
9,239 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-08-22
by Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda
12,516 words read / comments (0)
By Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo (Phra Suddhidhammaransi Gambhiramedhacariya) Translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu Copyright © 1995 Mettá Forest Monastery For free distribution only You may reprint this w...
by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo
4,517 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-08-22
by Dr. Yutang Lin
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Translated by U Aye Maung Published by U Min Swe Buddhasasana Nuggaha Organization Rangoon, Burma.
by Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw
62,614 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-08-17
by Dr. Yutang Lin
18,562 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-08-17
From Stephen L. Klick: "There is no safety in the threefold world; it is like a burning house, replete with a multitude of sufferings, truly to be feared…"
by Stephen L. Klick
20,465 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-06-07
This ebook is about Patthana Dhamma, the 7th text of abhidhamma pitaka of tipitaka or the teachings of The Buddha, the Exalted One, Fully Enlightened One, Tathagata, Well Gone One; 623 BC. The materials are from a small bookle...
by Htoo Naing
57,704 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-05-24
The Theravadin Buddhist Monk's Rules compiled and explained by: Bhikkhu Ariyesako Discipline is for the sake of restraint, restraint for the sake of freedom from remorse, freedom from remorse for the sake of joy, joy f...
by Bhikkhu Ariyesako
50,970 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-05-24
Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma-Sambuddhassa
by Narada Mahathera
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added 2009-05-23
Aggamaha Saddhamma Jotika Dhaja Dean, Faculty of Patipatti, I T B M U, Yangon 1998
by Sayadaw U Pannadipa
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added 2009-05-23
A.T.M.,B.A.,B.C.S. (1), F.R.E.S. Author of Ashin Anuraddha's Abhidhammathasangaha in Pali & Burmese
by U Po Sa
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FERVENT WISHES May this Gift of Dhamma help us in deepening our understanding of the Good Dhamma and our practice of meditation. May we grow in love, kindness and wisdom. May our heart dwell in the spirit of the Dhamma. Ma...
by Dhammasami
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A Collection of Talks on Mindfulness Meditation
by Dhammasami
11,593 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-05-17
VIPASSANA MEDITATION Lectures on Insight Meditation BY VENERABLE CHANMYAY SAYADAW U JANAKABHIVAMSA
by Chanmyay Sayadaw
22,042 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-05-17
by Chanmyay Sayadaw
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added 2009-05-17
The Pali word mettā is a multi significant term meaning loving kindness, friendliness, goodwill, benevolence, fellowship, amity, concord, inoffensiveness and non violence. The present booklet aims at exploring various facets ...
by Ācariya Buddharakkhita
10,466 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-05-16
Dedication: May all beings live happily, free from fear, and may all share in the blessings springing from the good that has been done.
by Sucitto Bhikkhu
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added 2009-05-16
The View From the Center Ajahn Amaro July 18, 2008
by Ajahn Amaro
8,611 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-05-16
A collection of talks dealing with understanding and practicing the Four Noble Truths
by Ajahn Sumedho
22,385 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-05-16
A short book of four chapters dealing with the Triple Gem, Anapanasati, Happiness and Unhappiness, and Nibbana
by Ajahn Sumedho
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by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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added 2009-05-10
Anapana sati, the meditation on in and out breathing, is the first subject of meditation expounded by the Buddha in the Maha satipatthana Sutta, the Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness. Homage to the Blessed One,...
by Ven. Mahathera Nauyane Ariyadhamma
4,323 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-05-10
An outline of the history and development of the sangha, the Buddhist order of monks and nuns, with many interesting stories and examples, from their beginnings in the Buddha's time to the present day.
by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
47,683 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-05-10
An introduction to the Jhanas (a set of meditative attainments). Jhanas are states of deep mental unification which result from the centring of the mind upon a single object with such power of attention that a total immersion ...
by Henepola Gunaratana Mahāthera
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by Acharn Thawee Baladhammo
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added 2009-05-03
In the Abhidhammattha Sangaha there is a brief exposition of the Law of Dependent Origination, followed by a descriptive account of the Causal Relations that finds no parallel in any other philosophy. Edited in the original Pa...
by Nārada Thera
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Vipassana means 'insight' or 'perception'. This book helps prepare your mind for meditation. It conists of a series of lectures and is meant for people new to Vipassana Meditation.
by Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw; translated by Maung Tha Noe
24,609 words read / comments (0)
Abhidhamma is the 3rd and last part of the Buddhist Pāli Canon. This book is meant as an introduction to the various concepts presented in the seven books of the Abhidhamma.
by Kyaw Min, U
43,258 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-05-02
This book discusses the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path and finally how to reach Nirvana.
by Nyanatiloka Mahathera
16,409 words read / comments (0)
added 2009-04-26
The "Gospel of Buddha" is a 19th century compilation from a variety of Buddhist texts by Paul Carus. It is modelled on the New Testament as was very widely read. It was even recommended by Ceylonese Buddhist leaders as a...
by Paul Carus
69,856 words read / comments (0)