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Buddhism is a religion and philosophy encompassing a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices, largely based on teachings attributed to the Buddha. The Buddha lived and taught in the northeastern Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. He shared his insights to help sentient beings end suffering, achieve nirvana, and escape what is seen as a cycle of suffering and rebirth. Two major branches of Buddhism are recognized: Theravada ("The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ("The Great Vehicle").

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This is the English translation of the Maha-prajnaparamita-sastra (“the treatise on the great virtue of wisdom”) by Nagarjuna (c. 2nd ce...
940,961 words | author: Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön |
The Jataka is a massive collection of Buddhist folklore about previous incarnations of the Buddha, both in human and animal form. Originally...
877,505 words | author: Robert Chalmers |
The English translation of the Mahavastu (“great story”): one of the important and monumental canonical works of the Mahasanghika school...
502,133 words | author: J. J. Jones |
The Mahāyāna Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra is one of the major sutras of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Its main teachings centre on the eternity of th...
411,786 words | translator: Kosho Yamamoto |
The English translation of the Khandhaka: the second book of the Pali Vinaya Pitaka, one of the three major ‘baskets’ of Therevada canon...
386,194 words | author: I. B. Horner |
The English translation of the Bhikkhu-vibhanga: the first part of the Suttavibhanga, which itself is the first book of the Pali Vinaya Pita...
345,334 words | author: I. B. Horner |
A Commentary on Great Perfection: The Nature of Mind, Easer of Weariness In Sanskrit the title is ‘Mahāsandhi-cittā-visranta-vṛtti-...
268,580 words | author: Longchenpa |
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 Therava...
256,801 words | author: Acariya Maha Boowa Ñanasampanno | translator: Acariya Panyavaddho |
The English translation of the Bodhisattvacharyavatara (“entering the conduct of the bodhisattvas”), a Sanskrit text with Tibetan commen...
246,740 words | author: Andreas Kretschmar |
This is the English translation of the commentary on the Apadana (Atthakatha), also known as the Visuddhajana-Vilasini. The Buddhist stories...
216,848 words | author: U Lu Pe Win |
Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra is a Mahāyāna sūtra teaching about the bodhisattva Kṣitigarbha, and is one of the ...
152,633 words | translator: Shikshananda |
A systematic and clear presentation of the philosophy of critical Realism as expounded by Dignaga and his school. The work is divided into t...
152,014 words | author: Satkari Mookerjee |
The English translation of the Khandhaka: the second book of the Pali Vinaya Pitaka, one of the three major ‘baskets’ of Therevada canon...
150,781 words | author: I. B. Horner |
This book is an attempt to present the life and teachings of the Buddha , made by a member of the Order of the Sangha. The first part of ...
145,972 words | author: Narada Thera |
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 be...
129,875 words | author: Sujin Boriharnwanaket |
*english translation* The first book of the Abhidhamma (Part 3 of the Tipitaka). The Dhammasangani enumerates all the paramattha dhamm...
124,932 words | translator: C.A.F. Rhys Davids |
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 indepen...
123,888 words | author: Anāgarika Lāma Govinda |
122,172 words | author: Nina van Gorkom |
A study of Buddhist monastic code: its origin and development in relation to the Sutta and Vinaya Pitakas. The Vinaya forms a part of a Budd...
113,985 words | author: Jotiya Dhirasekera |
The Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra recounts a teaching primarily between the Buddha and a bodhisattva named Mahāmati ("Great Wisdom"). ...
108,282 words | translator: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki |
Indispensable reference for art historians, scholars of Eastern philosophy and religion. Wealth of detailed scholarly information on names, ...
98,662 words | author: Alice Getty |
Sinhalese history is authenticated by the concurrence of every evidence that can contribute to verify the annals of any country – “Ceylo...
95,939 words | author: Wilhelm Geiger |
The Lotus Sūtra (Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra) is one of the most popular and influential Mahāyāna sūtras, and is known for its exten...
92,709 words | translator: Tsugunari Kubo |
In the Abhidhammattha Sangaha there is a brief exposition of the Law of Dependent Origination, followed by a descriptive account of the Caus...
80,494 words | author: Nārada Thera |
Buddhacharita (of Bodhisattva Aśvaghoṣa) is an epic poem in the Sanskrit mahakavya style on the life of Gautama Buddha by Aśvaghoṣa, c...
77,962 words | author: Charles Willemen |
70,623 words | author: Nina Van Gorkom |
English translation of "Abhidhamma in Daily Life" by Professor Ko Lay. Revised by Sayadaw U Silananda, International Theravada...
66,666 words | author: Ashin Janakabhivamsa |
The English translation of the Bhikkhuni-vibhanga: the second part of the Suttavibhanga, which itself is the first book of the Pali Vinaya P...
66,469 words | author: I. B. Horner |
The Paticcasamuppada refers to “The Doctrine of Dependent Origination”. This is the English translation done by U Aye Maung Published...
62,614 words | author: Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw |
This ebook is about Patthana Dhamma, the 7th text of abhidhamma pitaka or tipitaka, reffering to the teachings of The Buddha, also known as:...
57,704 words | author: Htoo Naing |
Conditionality of Life in the Buddhist Teachings An outline of the 24 Conditions as taught in the Abhidhamma
56,782 words | author: Nina van Gorkom |
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...
51,094 words | author: Fa-Hien |
The Theravadin Buddhist Monk's Rules compiled and explained by: Bhikkhu Ariyesako Discipline is for the sake of restraint, restraint fo...
50,970 words | author: Bhikkhu Ariyesako |
Printed Edition 1926 Macmillan and Co., Limited St Martin's Street, London Web Edition 2000 Rhajiv Ratnatunga Pittsburgh. PA USA
48,606 words | author: Humphry William Codrington |
48,543 words | author: U Ko Lay |
The Mūlamadhyamakakārikā ("Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way") is a key text of the Madhyamaka-school, written by Nagarjuna,...
44,903 words | author: Nāgārjuna |
The Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra is a Mahāyāna sūtra that teaches the meaning of nonduality. It contains a report of a teaching addressed...
44,185 words | author: Vimalakirti | translator: John R. McRae |
Translated by Burton Watson in 1997 from the Chinese version by Kumarajiva (T.475)
43,710 words | author: Vimalakirti | translator: Burton Watson |
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 ...
43,258 words | author: Kyaw Min, U |
The Flower Adornment Sutra (Avataṃsaka Sūtra) is one of the most influential Mahayana sutras of East Asian Buddhism. The Avataṃsaka Sū...
42,486 words | translator: Shikshananda |
The Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra teaches, among other subjects, the meaning of nonduality. It contains a report of a teaching addressed to b...
37,346 words | author: Vimalakirti | translator: Robert A. F. Thurman |
Abhidharmakośa, the famous fundamental treatise of 5th century by Vasubandhu, explaining the fundaments of system of knowledge according to...
33,119 words | author: Vasubandhu | translator: Leo M. Pruden |
(Also known as:) The Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra The Sutra of the 6th Patriarch, Whai-Nung (The full name is:) The 6th Patriarch great...
32,968 words | translator: A. F. Price |
Translated and edited from the Chinese (Kumarajiva ed. T.475) by Charles Luk (Lu K'uan Yi) in 1972.
32,509 words | author: Vimalakirti | translator: Charles Luk |
31,190 words | author: Nina van Gorkom |
28,857 words | author: Chanmyay Sayadaw |
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 encounte...
28,513 words | author: Venerable S. Dhammika |
Ashoka (or Aśoka, asoka) was an Indian emporeor reigning the Maurya dynasty from 268 to 232 BCE. In Asoka’s Footsteps; Dhamma in India...
27,079 words | author: Nina Van Gorkom |
Compiled and translated from the Pali texts by Nyanaponika Thera The Wheel Publication No. 90/92 ISBN 955-24-0015-5 Copyright © 1987 Budd...
26,620 words | author: Nyanaponika Thera |
The Sūtra of the Great Vow of Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva (Kṣitigarbha Sūtra) is a story about the Buddha teaching to his mother in the Pa...
25,133 words | translator: Various authors |
Vipassana means 'insight' or 'perception'. This book helps prepare your mind for meditation. It conists of a series of lectures and is meant...
24,609 words | author: Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw | translator: Maung Tha Noe |
Rupas by Nina van Gorkom: An explanation about an absolute reality around and inside us.
24,604 words | author: Nina van Gorkom |
23,614 words | author: Nina van Gorkom |
The work introduces itself as a treatise composed “for clansmen following the suttas who are zealously engaged in the practice of the vehi...
23,066 words | author: Ācariya Dhammapāla | translator: Bhikkhu Bodhi |
A collection of talks dealing with understanding and practicing the Four Noble Truths. The Four Noble Truths refer to a basic concept wit...
22,385 words | author: Ajahn Sumedho |
Vipassana Meditation: English lectures on Insight Meditation By venerable Chanmyay Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa.
22,042 words | author: Chanmyay Sayadaw |
The Vipassana-Dipani The Manual of Insight Or The Exposition Of Insight Honor to the Buddha By Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw, Aggamahapandit...
21,831 words | author: Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw |
The story of Ksitigarbha occurs in the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Purvapranidhana Sutra which is a popular Mahayana Sutra. This sutra is said t...
21,827 words | author: Johnny Yu |
The Patthanuddesa Dipani The Buddhist Philosophy of Relations By Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw, Aggamahapandita, D.Litt. Translated into Engli...
21,602 words | author: Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw |
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...
21,080 words | translator: T. W. Rhys Davids |
Ksitigarbha (Di Zang Pu-sa) is a great bodhisattva who vowed to not become a buddha until everyone was released from hell. His birthday is o...
19,954 words |
This book deals with Paticcasamuppada (‘dependent origination’): a Pali compound consisting of three words: 1) Patticca, which means ...
18,306 words | author: U Than Daing |
The Larger Sutra on Amida Buddha is Shakyamuni Buddha's Discourse Revealing Amida Buddha as the Savior of All Beings through the Power of Hi...
17,317 words |
Aggamaha Saddhamma Jotika Dhaja Dean, Faculty of Patipatti, I T B M U, Yangon 1998
17,153 words | author: Sayadaw U Pannadipa |
The Sutra of Queen Śrīmālā of the Lion’s Roar (Śrīmālādevī Siṃhanāda Sūtra) is a Mahayana text no longer extant in Sanskrit b...
15,590 words | translator: Diana Y. Paul |
Prajnaparamita Ratnagunasamcayagatha Translated by Edward Conze (Taisho Tripitaka 0229)
14,137 words | translator: Edward Conze |
A short book of four chapters dealing with the Triple Gem, Anapanasati, Happiness and Unhappiness, and Nibbana
13,181 words | author: Ajahn Sumedho |
The Catusacca-Dipani The Manual of the Four Noble Truths By Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw, Aggamahapandita, D.Litt. Translated into Englis...
11,997 words | author: Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw |
Practical Advice for Meditators by Bhikkhu Khantipalo The Wheel Publication No. 116 Copyright © 1986 Buddhist Publication Society For fr...
10,033 words | author: Bhikkhu Khantipalo |
By The Editorial Committee - Translation Section Department for the Promotion and Propagation of the Sasana Ministry of Religious Affairs,...
7,776 words | author: U Ko Lay | translator: The Editorial Committee |
5,974 words | author: Nina van Gorkom |
This book presents a comprehensive collection of Buddhist iconography including extracts of the English translationthe of the Sadhanamala. T...
0 words | author: Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya |
This is the English translation of the Tattvasangraha of Shantarakshita including Kamalashila’s commentary known as Panjika. Both the Tatt...
0 words | author: Ganganatha Jha |