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'2500 Years of Buddhism' - Editor: Prof. T.V. Bapat
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'The Way of Zen in Vietnam' - Nguyen Giac
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'Let the Light Shine' - Reflections from Theravāda Bhikkhunīs
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'The Buddha and His Teachings'
by Ven. Narada / Free Download / Click Here

'The White Lotus Ascetic'
Chan Khoon San / Free Download / Click Here

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The Autobiography & Maxims of Chan Master Han Shan
Translated by Upasaka Richard Cheung / Free Download / Click Here

Visuddhimagga / The Path of Purification
Translation by Bhikkhu Nanamoli / Free Download / Click Here

Vimuttimagga / The Path of Freedom
Arahant Upatissa / Free Download / Click Here

The Buddha's Teaching in His Own Words
Bhikkhu Nanamoli / Free Download / Click Here

"Selves & Not-Self"
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu / Free Download / Click Here

Mindfulness of Breathing
by Bhikkhu Nanamoli / Free Download / Click Here

The Anguttara Nikaya / Abridged Translation
by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi / Free Download / Click Here

Beginnings: The Pali Suttas
by S. Bodhesako / Free Download / Click Here

Birth, Life and Death of the Ego
by Carlo Gragnani / Free Download / Click Here

The Sigalovada Sutta in Pictures
by Ven. Kandarapanjuwe Dhammasiri / Art by K.W. Janaranjana
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How Will the Sangha Fare in North American Buddhism?
by Bhikkhu Bodhi / Free Download / Click Here

Music in the Dharma///Dharma in the Music
Rev. Heng Sure, Betsy Rose and Alan Senauke

Recorded Live - The joys and teachings of dharma flow through every human activity. The creation of sound and rhythm in the midst of space and silence has always helped people wake up to life. Music flourished in specific ways in every culture around the world, and it has the ability to cut through our perceived differences. Insight Meditation Center brought together three Western practitioners of Buddhism and of music. Their folk-rooted acoustic music combines tradition and innovation much as our practice here in California does the same. Free Download - MP3 Files)

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Audio Dharma talks by Ven. Bhikku Bodhi

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi’s - popular 10-lecture series an "Introduction to Buddhism" has been distributed on cassette tapes for over 20 years. The program contains detailed lectures on the core, original teachings of the Buddha. In 1981 while residing at the Washington Buddhist Vihara, Bhante Gunaratana, then the President of the Buddhist Vihara Society, suggested he record the lectures so that the Vihara could distribute them as a set of cassette tapes. Today, the lectures are considered "public domain" for anyone to copy and distribute freely. We recommend that you first listen to them in their proper sequence. 1) The Buddha 2) The Four Noble Truths 3) The Nature of Existence 4) Dependent Origination 5) Rebirth and Kamma 6) Nibbana 7) Eightfold Path 8) Meditation 9) Social Teachings of Buddha 10) The Sangha... Talks are MP3 files - Free Download.

Audio Dharma Talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu of Wat Metta

This site contains Dhamma talks in the Kammatthana (Thai Forest) traditions of Theravada Buddhism, in which Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is a senior monk known for his skill in meditation and teaching... Visitors may be interested in our page of suggested links, the edited transcriptions of many of the Dhamma talks included here, located in the books Meditations, Meditations2, and Meditations3. The essay books Purity of Heart, Noble Strategy, and The Karma of Questions by the same author are also available. All of these books are provided here in PDF... Talks are MP3 files - Free Download.

Audio Dharma Talks by Kusala Bhikshu

Dharma talks with Kusala Bhikshu - an American born Buddhist monk and web master of Urban Dharma. Kusala shares his understanding of Buddhism in a simple, non-technical way through stories, humor and personal insights. Topics include: Questions & Answers - 43 min... A Spiritual Journey - 31 min... Enlightenment vs Nirvana - 30 min... Meditation; How and Why - 51 min... Beyond Pain and Suffering - 33 min... And more... Free Download - (MP3 Files)

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Audio Dharma Talks - Insight Meditation Center

Insight Meditation Center - in Redwood City, California offers a wide range of Dharma, all for free download. Topics include: Shaila Catherine - Equanimity: Our Greatest Friend - 42:44, Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia - Working With Difficult States of Mind - 55:37, Berget Jelane - Interdependence - 44:42, Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia - The Threefold Bliss - 41:55, Andrea Fella - Patience - 58:40, Richard Shankman - Breath Meditation: Integration of Concentration and Mindfulness - 1:02:25, Gil Fronsdal - Three Characteristics: Not Self - 42:29, Gil Fronsdal - Karma and Western Misunderstanding, Followup - 50:25, Thanissaro Bhikkhu - Emptiness - 25:58... And many more... Free Download - (MP3 Files)

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Audio Dharma Talks
- Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery

The Four Noble Truths - The Buddha's first teaching, Ajahn Pasanno - Turning the Mind Around - A Dhamma talk offered at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, Ajahn Sucitto - Awaken to the Natural Flow - Opening to the here and now, Ajahn Sumedho - A Foundation of Respect - A Dhamma talk given at Abhayagiri on June 14, 2005, Ajahn Pasanno - Turning to the Formal Practice - A talk given at Abhayagiri on January 4th, 2005, Ajahn Pasanno - Stillness - A talk given at Abhayagiri on May 28, 2005, Ajahn Pasanno - Kamma - A Dhamma talk given on April 9, 2005, Ajahn Pasanno - Loving Kindness as Your Foundation - The importance of wholesome power in the heart, Ajahn Pasanno - Inside and Out - A Dhamma talk given at Abhayagiri, Ajahn Jayasaro - Precepts, the World, and the Water Buffalo - A talk given at Abhayagiri on April 16, 2005, Ajahn Pasanno - The Power of Loving Kindness - A basis for concentration, Ajahn Pasanno... And many more... Free Download - (MP3 Files) - Metta Chant - Chant on Loving Kindness (In English) - The Sangha Abhayagiri - January 6, 2005 - MP3 - (2.8 MB)

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The Five Hindrances - Kusala Bhikshu / 24:48

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Daily Readings -- Buddha's Words of Wisdom
284 Pages - (1.8 MB) - Free

Daily Readings -- Buddha's Words of Wisdom — by Ven. S. Dhammika.

For over two thousand years the discourses of the Buddha have nourished the spiritual lives of countless millions of people. This ebook contains extracts of the early Buddhist discourses from the Pali Tipitaka, and also from some post-canonical writings. Presented so that one reading can be reflected upon each day of the year. This ebook is an indispensable companion for anyone trying to apply the Buddha's gentle message to their daily life.

“An Introductory Course in Early Buddhism”

“An Introductory Course in Early Buddhism" (Buddhism Course) - by Bro. Chan Khoon San

Over the last few years, several readers have indicated to me that the articles in the Introductory Course in Buddhism were too brief and should be expanded to provide more details. This new book entitled “Buddhism Course” is a carefully researched and updated version. It contains 17 chapters dealing with most of the relevant topics on Buddhism, such as: Life of the Buddha, Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Noble Path, Dependent Origin, Law of Kamma, Death and Rebirth, Five Destinations, World Cycles when Buddhas Appear, Ten Bases of Meritorious Action, Buddhist Vipassana Meditation, Recollection of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and the Three Baskets (Tipitaka) in Buddhism.

Guide to the Early Buddhist Cannon

156 Pages - (637 KB) - Free

Guide to Tipitaka — Compiled by U Ko Lay.

The Guide to the Tipitaka is an outline of the Pali Buddhist Canonical Scriptures of Theravada Buddhism from Burma. This is a unique work, as it is probably the only material that deals in outline with the whole of the Pali Buddhist Tipitaka. The Tipitaka includes all the teachings of the Buddha, grouped into three divisions: the Suttanta Pitaka, or general discourses; the Vinaya Pitaka, or moral code for monks and nuns; and the Abhidhamma Pitaka, or philosophical teachings. An excellent reference work which gives an overview of the Pali Buddhist texts.

An Early (Pali) Buddhist Dictionary
402 Pages - (1.5 MB) - Free

Pali Buddhist Dictionary [4th Edition] — Ven. Nyanatiloka [Pali Studies]

This is an authentic dictionary of Buddhist doctrinal terms, used in the Pali Canon and its Commentaries. It provides the reader not with a mere enumeration of Pali terms and their English equivalents, but offers precise and authentic definitions and explanations of canonical and post-canonical terms and doctrines, based on the Suttas, Abhidhamma and the Commentaries.

A Dictionary / Encyclopedia of Buddhism
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The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism: A Dictionary / Encyclopedia of Buddhism - Sutra Translation Committee of USA/Canada

This is a revised and expanded edition of 'The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism.' The text is a compendium of excerpts and quotations from some 350 works by monks, nuns, professors, scholars and other laypersons from nine different countries, in their own words or in translation.

How to use the Glossary: This book can be used in threeways: to find the definition of unfamiliar terms; to gain a broader understanding of specific Buddhist concepts; and also as an introduction to Buddhism. In the last instance, we suggest that readers begin with the entry on Parables, then move on to Practice, Obstacles to Cultivation and Ten Non-Seeking Practices. Other entries of a more contemporary interest can be read with benefit by all. These include: Birth Control, Organ Transplants, Vegetarianism, Universe, Immortality.

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The Wings to Awakening / An Anthology from the Pali Canon
446 Pages - (1.7 MB) - Free

The Wings to Awakening / An Anthology from the Pali Canon - Translated and Explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Many anthologies of the Buddha's teachings have appeared in English, but this is the first to be organized around the set of teachings that the Buddha himself said formed the heart of his message: the Wings to Awakening (bodhi-pakkhiya-dhamma). The material is arranged in three parts, preceded by a long Introduction. The Introduction tries to define the concept of Awakening so as to give a clear sense of where the Wings to Awakening are headed. It does this by discussing the Buddha's accounts of his own Awakening, with special focus on the way in which the principle of skillful kamma (in Sanskrit, karma) formed both the "how" and the "what" of that Awakening: The Buddha was able to reach Awakening only by developing skillful kamma — this is the "how"; his understanding of the process of developing skillful kamma is what sparked the insights that constituted Awakening — this is the "what."

Learn Pali - The Canonical Language of Early Buddhism.

An Elementary Pali Course

Ven. Narada, Thera - 234 Pages - (820 KB) - Free

From the Preface: The word Pali means "the Text", though it has now come to be the name of a language. Magadhi was the original name for Pali. It was the language current in the land of Magadha during the time of the Buddha. The elements of Pali can be mastered in a few months, Pali opens one's ears to the Dhamma and the music of the Buddha's speech. This little book on Pali is intended to be an elementary guide for beginners.

A Practical Grammar Book of the Pali Language

Charles Duroiselle - 182 Pages - (502 KB) - Free

From the Preface to the Third Edition: Most introductory Pali grammar books consist of lessons that teach the elements of the language in stages, but because of that they are also very difficult to use as a reference when you need to look up a noun's declension, or a verb's conjugation. This book because of it's practical and comprehensive coverage of the elements of the Pali language in complete chapters is a very useful reference. This book was also not written for linguistics experts, but for students with little experience studying Pali grammar.

A Pali Word a Day
A selection of Pali words for daily reflection - 39 Pages - (402 KB) - Free

From the introduction: This booklet aims to assist new Buddhist Students who are unfamiliar with some of the Pali words often used in the study of Buddhism. As the title of the booklet suggests, we encourage the learning and use of Pali words by learning one word each day. The booklet can serve as both a dictionary and a glossary of terms for your reference.

Bhavana Vandana: Book of Devotion
Compiled by Ven. H. Gunaratana - 194 Pages - (1.44 MB) - Free

From the introduction: The purpose of this book is manifold. One is to teach the users of this book of devotion how to pronounce Pali words correctly. The most effective way of doing so is to repeat the same thing over and over again. This book of devotion is made for daily recitation in English or Pali. We also intend to teach Dhamma through this devotional service, as the Pali language is used primarily to teach the Dhamma.

A Photo Essay of the Four Places of Buddhist Pilgrimage in India
57 Pages - (5.97 MB) - Free

A Photo Essay of the Four Places of Buddhist Pilgrimage in India — Bro. Chan Khoon San

The aim of this photo essay is to share my experience and knowledge with fellow Buddhists about the benefits of undertaking a pilgrimage to the Four Great Places with the correct mental attitude... The idea of a pilgrimage came from the Buddha himself. Before He passed into Mahaparinibbana, the Buddha advised pious disciples to visit four places that may be for their inspiration after He was gone. They are Lumbini, where He was born; Buddhagaya, where He attained Supreme Enlightenment; Deer Park in Sarnath, where He preached the First Sermon; and Kusinara, where He passed into Mahaparinibbana. The pious disciple should visit these places and look upon them with feelings of reverence, reflecting on the particular event of the Buddha's life connected with each place. Since the Mahaparinibbana of the Buddha, these four shrines of Buddhism have become the focal points for pious disciples to rally around and seek inspiration.

Buddhist Pilgrimage (Third Edition)

Buddhist Pilgrimage (Third Edition) - Bro. Chan Khoon San

This is the third edition of ‘‘Buddhist Pilgrimage’ since it was first published in 2002. It comes with a new cover design and contains many new topics and fresh information on several Buddhist sites. An error concerning the religious history of the Matha Kuar shrine in Kushinagar has been rectified. Since 2002, the author has re-visited the Buddhist circuit seven times and travelled to many new Buddhist heritage sites, notably the Ananda Stupa in Hajipur; Pava near Kusinara; Lauriya Nandangarh in northern Bihar; Kosambi in Allahabad; Ramagama and Devadaha in Nepal; Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh; the Ajanta Caves in Ajanta; and Diksha Bhumi in Nagpur, Maharashtra. A chance remark he heard about the Buddha’s alms bowl still existing in Afghanistan prompted the author to carry out a research of its whereabouts after the Buddha had donated it to the Licchavis before his Parinibbana. The result is a new article entitled ‘The Journey of the Buddha’s Alms Bowl’ in PART III, 5, page 153. Among the colour plates, I have included some rare Buddhist sites in Northern Pakistan. Although the light of Dhamma no longer shines in that country, yet it possesses some of the most beautiful Buddhist relics from its glorious past. Sadly, many of them were destroyed by the Talibans who overran the Swat Valley in 2007 e.g. Jehanabad Buddha carved on rock and Gandharan sculptures in Swat Museum.

Fa-Hien - Journey to India
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Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms — Fa-Hien.

Fa-Hien was a Chinese monk of the Eastern dynasty (4th-5th Century). In 399 he left China for India, finally arriving there after six years of hard travel. After studying Sanskrit and obtaining many Sanskrit texts of the Tripitaka (Buddhist canon), he returned to China by sea in 414. This text is an Account by 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 Korean recension of the Chinese text by James Legge.

Long-Term Meditators Self-Induce high-Amplitude Gamma Synchrony

'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' study.
5 pages - (430 KB) - Free

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Long-Term Meditators Self-Induce high-Amplitude Gamma Synchrony During Mental Practice -- Antoine Lutz, Lawrence L. Greischar, Nancy B. Rawlings, Matthieu Ricard, and Richard J. Davidson - www.pnas.org - cgi - doi - 10.1073 - pnas.0407401101 PNAS - November 16, 2004 - vol. 101 - no. 46 - 16369–16373 - NEUROSCIENCE

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Scans of Monks' Brains Show Meditation Alters Structure and Functioning. -- They compared brain activity in volunteers who were novice meditators to that of Buddhist monks who had spent more than 10,000 hours in meditation. The task was to practice "Loving-Kindness" meditation, generating a feeling of compassion toward all beings.

The novice meditators "showed a slight increase in gamma activity, but most monks showed extremely large increases of a sort that has never been reported before in the neuroscience literature," says Prof. Davidson, suggesting that mental training can bring the brain to a greater level of consciousness.

Scientists have begun to wonder whether the brain can change in response to purely internal, mental signals. This study opens up the tantalizing possibility that the brain, like the rest of the body, can be altered intentionally. Just as aerobics sculpt the muscles, so mental training sculpts the gray matter in ways scientists are only beginning to fathom. -- By Sharon Begley -- From the Wall Street Journal Online. --- Full Story

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Loving-Kindness Meditation
99 Pages - (211 KB) - Free

Loving-kindness Meditation — Ven. Sujiva

Loving-kindness Meditation or Metta Bhavana and other Sublime States by Ven. Sujiva is a clear and comprehensive step-by-step explanation of the systematic practice. It is based on the Visuddhimagga or The Path of Purification by Buddhagosha. The texts describe metta as characterised by promoting the aspect of welfare. Amity, goodwill, friendliness and loving-kindness are some words used to describe this mental state. There is no better way to know it than to study it as it occurs in one's own and others' minds. It is a totally unselfish and pure state of mind that brings profit to oneself and others now and hereafter.

Loving-Kindness and Mindfulness Meditation
58 Pages - (2.77 MB) - Free

Hello - With Love & Other Meditations — Ven. Visuddhacara.

The three most important things in life are love, kindness and wisdom. If we have made these three values the priorities of our life, then our life will have been well-lived. When we die we can only have happiness when we look back and not regrets. Wealth, fame, power, status, worldly success and pleasures — these are insignificant compared to love, kindness and wisdom. Cultivate the latter. If we spend our life cultivating this trio, our birth and life will have been worthwhile; it will not have been in vain. In this booklet, Ven. Visuddhàcàra shares his understanding of this practice of mindfulness and lovingkindness with a view to encourage all of us to walk the path.

Anapanasati - Mindfulness of Breathing
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Anapanasati - Mindfulness of Breathing — Ven. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

For the first time in the English language a comprehensive manual of Buddhist meditation known as ânàpànasati (the development of mindfulness of breathing ) is available. Although this manual is primarily intended for the benefit of monks, it will greatly assist laymen, too, who wish to undertake a course of meditation but who do not have the guidance of a teacher.

Originally published in Thai, this manual is one of the major works of the Ven. Buddhadàsa Bhikkhu and delivered in 1959 in the form of a series of lectures to monks of Suanmokkha Monastery, Chaiya, Thailand. Ven. Buddhadàsa Bhikkhu, a major voice in the Buddhist world, is an accepted master of Buddhist meditation. In constructive positive language, the manual guides the meditator through the 16 steps of ânàpànasati.

Breath Meditation & Lessons in Samadhi
104 Pages - (1.23 MB) - Free

Keeping the Breath in Mind & Lessons in Samadhi — Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo.

This is a 'how to' book. It teaches the liberation of the mind, not as a mind-boggling theory, but as a very basic skill that starts with keeping the breath in mind. The teachings here are drawn from the works of Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo (1906-61), one of Thailand's most renowned teachers of Buddhist meditation practices. Ajaan Lee was a forest monk - one who prefers to live in the seclusion of the forest and makes his meditation the central theme of his practice - so his teachings grow out of personal, practical experience, although he also makes a point of relating them to standard Buddhist doctrine.

Analysis of the Jhãnas in Theravãda Buddhist Meditation
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Analysis of the Jhãnas in Theravãda Buddhist Meditation - Ven. H. Gunaratana

This work, by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana, provides an analytical study of the Jhãnas, as they are an important set of meditative attainments in the contemplative discipline of Theravãda Buddhism. Despite their frequent appearance in the texts, the exact role of the Jhãnas in the Buddhist path has not been settled with unanimity by Theravãda scholars, who are still divided over the question as to whether they are necessary for attaining Nibbana. The primary purpose of this dissertation is to determine the precise role of the Jhãnas in the Theravãda Buddhist presentation of the way to liberation.

For source material the work relies upon the three principal classes of authoritative Theravãda texts: the Pali Tipitaka, its commentaries, and its sub-commentaries. To traditional canonical investigations modern methods of philosophical and psychological analysis are applied in order to clarify the meanings implicit in the original sources. The examination covers two major areas: first the dynamics of Jhãna attainment, and second, the function of the Jhãnas in realizing the ultimate goal of Buddhism, Nibbana or final liberation from suffering.

Zen/Ch'an Meditation and Wisdom
92 Pages - (1.55 MB) - Free

The Sweet Dews of Ch'an — by Reverend Cheng Kuan.

Ch’an or Zen is the outcome of meditation. There are two “right” or “highest” purposes of Ch’an. The first purpose is to achieve “Dhyana.” Dhyana is a combination of relaxation, concentration and calmness or tranquility. The second purpose is, using your very composed and tranquil mind, to observe clearly all the dharmas or phenomena externally and internally. As an outcome of Dhyana, you will be able to observe these phenomena very clearly because your “mental mirror” is very clear, for there are no more disturbances to veil it. Out of these observations will come Transcendental Wisdom, which in Sanskrit is called “Prajna.”

The Relation Between Tranquility and Insight Meditation
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Cultivation of Moral Concern in Theravada Buddhism: Toward a Theory of the Relation Between Tranquility and Insight — Ethan Mills

There are two main branches of Buddhist meditation techniques: insight meditation and tranquility meditation. Insight meditation is aimed at cultivating wisdom; tranquility meditation is aimed at cultivating calmness. Tradition generally considers the first to have been a new form of meditation invented by the historical Buddha and the second to have been highly developed by Indian practitioners by the time of the Buddha's life. The most common story is that the Buddha learned all that his meditation teachers had to offer and, still unsatisfied, developed his own type of meditation: vipassana. After he developed this insight meditation, he achieved nirvana and transcended suffering (dukkha). I find it useful to categorize scholars who have written on the relationship between vipassana and samatha into two groups: one group that considers vipassana to be essential and samatha to be inessential in the pursuit of nirvana, and a second group that views both samatha and vipassana to be essential.

Life of Buddha
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Life of Buddha — by A. Ferdinand Herold

This is a biography of Buddha retold in a simple and engaging style. It strings together a coherent narrative arc from several classic Buddhist texts, particularly the Buddhacharita of Asvaghosa, the Lalita-Vistara, and the Jataka. It is thankfully free of technical Buddhist terminology. This book dimensionalizes the story of Siddhartha, born into luxury, who seeks and find enlightenment, the sometimes painful growth of the Buddhist community, and his eventual departure for Nirvana. It is short and very readable, and can be recommended for young adults.

The Buddha, His Life and Teachings
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The Buddha, His Life and Teachings — By Ven. Piyadassi

The author, Venerable Mahathera Piyadassi is one of the world's most eminent Buddhist monks, a highly revered teacher of great renown, a indefatigable worker for the Buddha Dhamma. The ages roll by and the Buddha seems not so far away after all; his voice whispers in our ears and tells us not to run away from the struggle but, calm-eyed, to face it, and to see in life ever greater opportunities for growth and advancement.

The Buddha and his Disciples
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The Buddha and His Disciples — Ven. S. Dhammika.

Taking a different perspective from the usual biographies of the Buddha, the author retells the great man's story using the society of the time as the backdrop and the Buddha's interactions with his contemporaries as the main theme. We discover what the Buddha was like as a person, how he taught and how he changed the lives of all who were blessed enough to come into contact with him.

The Nobel Eightfold Path
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The Noble Eightfold Path — by Bhikkhu Bodhi

"One of the best explanations of the Eightfold path in print today!" The present book aims at contributing towards a proper understanding of the Noble Eightfold Path by investigating its eight factors and their components to determine exactly what they involve. Bhikkhu Bodhi is concise, using as the framework for his exposition the Buddha's own words in explanation of the path factors, as found in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon.

Word of the Buddha
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Word of the Buddha — by Ven. Nyanatiloka - A Classic from the Buddhist Publication Society.

The Word of the Buddha, was the first strictly systematic exposition of all the main tenets of the Buddha's Teachings presented in the Buddha's own words as found in the Sutta-Pitaka of the Buddhist Pali Canon. While it may well serve as a first introduction for the beginner, its chief aim is to give the reader who is already more or less acquainted with the fundamental ideas of Buddhism, a clear, concise, and authentic summary of its various doctrines, within the framework of the allembracing 'Four Noble Truths.'

The Four Noble Truths
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The Four Noble Truths — Ven. Ajahn Sumedho.

The Four Noble Truths are the central Teaching of the Buddha. This booklet was compiled and edited from talks given by Venerable Ajahn Sumedho on the teaching of the Buddha: that the unhappiness of humanity can be overcome through spiritual means. The teaching is conveyed through the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths, first expounded in 528 BC in the Deer Park at Sarnath near Varanasi and kept alive in the Buddhist world ever since.

Transcendental Dependent Arising - The Upanisa Sutta
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Transcendental Dependent Arising - A Translation And Exposition of the Upanisa Sutta -- by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Tucked away in the Samyutta Nikaya among the “connected sayings on causality” (Nidanasamyutta) is a short formalized text entitled the Upanisa Sutta, the “Discourse on Supporting Conditions.” The Upanisa sutta reveals the entire course of man’s faring in the world as well as his treading of the path to its transcendence. This exposition sets out to explore the, “transcendental” application of dependent arising, drawing freely from other parts of the Canon and the commentaries to fill out the meaning.

The Dhammapada
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The Dhammapada — Ven. Acharya Buddharakkita.

Translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita and with an introduction by Bhikkhu Bodhi. The Dhammapada is the best known and most widely esteemed text in the Pali Tipitaka, the sacred scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. The work is included in the Khuddaka Nikaya ("Minor Collection") of the Sutta Pitaka, but its popularity has raised it far above the single niche it occupies in the scriptures to the ranks of a world religious classic. Composed in the ancient Pali language, this slim anthology of verses constitutes a perfect compendium of the Buddha's teaching, comprising between its covers all the essential principles elaborated at length in the forty-odd volumes of the Pali Canon.

Treasury of Truth (Text Only) - The 'Dhammapada' with Commentary
1250 Pages - (3.8 MB) - Free

Treasury of Truth - 'Dhammapada' with Commentary - (Text Only)— Ven. W. Sarada Maha Thero.

"This is an amazing version of the Dhammapada!"
This (text only) edition lends itself readily to an in-depth study of the Dhammapada. It has Pali verse with an English word for word translation, and a commentary for each verse which sheds light on the true nature of the Buddha's teachings. This is the text version of the Illustrated Dhammapada by Ven. Sarada Maha Thero. It will be of use to anyone new to Buddhism, or seeking a deeper understanding of Early Buddhism. This version of the Dhammapada is a large file size, if you use a phone modem it may take a few minutes to download, but it's worth the wait.

Treasury of Truth (Illustrated Version) - The 'Dhammapada' with Commentary
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Treasury of Truth - 'Dhammapada' with Commentary - (Illustrated Version)— Ven. W. Sarada Maha Thero.

This edition is the same as above except for the illustrations, one per verse. The illustrations add a special something to the reading experience of the Dhammapada, but they come with a price... "A huge file size, 26.1 MB." If you use a phone modem, the 'text only' version is the way to go.

The Aggañña Sutta
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Aggañña Sutta - is the 27th Sutta of Digha Nikaya collections.

The sutta describes a discourse imparted from the Buddha to two Brahmins, Bharadvaja and Vasettha, who left their family and caste to become monks. He explains about the beginning of the Earth, and the birth of social order and its structure, including the castes. The Buddha emphasizes the message of universality in Dhamma and how Dhamma is the best of all things.

King Asoka and Buddhism
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King Asoka and Buddhism
Anuradha Seneviratna.

King Asoka, the third monarch of the Mauryan dynasty in the third century B.C., was the first ruler of a unified India and one of the greatest political figures of all time. After he embraced the teachings of the Buddha, he transformed his polity from one of military conquest to one of Dharmavijaya — victory by righteousness and truth. By providing royal patronage for the propagation of Buddhism both within and beyond his empire, he helped promote the metamorphosis of Buddhism into a world religion that spread peacefully across the face of Asia. This collection of essays by leading Indological scholars draws upon both the inscriptions and the literary traditions to explore the relationship between King Asoka and the religion he embraced. In highlighting the ways in which Asoka tapped the ethical and spiritual potentials of rulership.

The Buddha Dharma for College Students
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The Buddha Dharma for College Students - by Buddhadasa, Bhikkhu

The format to "Buddha Dhamma for Students" is to answers questions a non-Buddhist is likely to ask about the fundamentals of Buddhism. It is the results of two talks given by Ajahn Buddhadasa to students at Thammasat University, Bangkok. He goes back to the original principles pointed out by the Buddha, explaining these simply and directly. The form of the Dharma talk's are designed to prepare students for those occasions when they will be asked questions by people from other religions.

The Eightfold Path for Householders
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The Eightfold Path for the Householder — Jack Kornfeld.

This text is a transcript of teachings given by Jack Kornfeld on the Eightfold Path. These teachings are aimed at the householder. Each part of the Eightfold Path is explained in a separate chapter. The tone of the teaching is contemporary and non-technical. The universality and relevance of the Buddha's teaching are illustrated by numerous quotations from more recent luminaries. There are also some useful exercises which enable the reader to experience the truth of these teachings.

Handbook for Mankind
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Handbook For Mankind — Buddhadasa, Bhikkhu.

The Principles of Buddhism explained by Buddhadasa, Bhikkhu. As a guide for newcomers to the Buddha Dhamma (the Truth which the Buddha awakened to and subsequently taught), this book is an invaluable guide. In it are contained the essential teachings of Buddhism. The Handbook is especially useful for those who approach the Buddha's teaching not as a subject for scholarly study but as a means to understand and ennoble their lives. It includes chapters on 'Looking at Buddhism' and the 'True Nature of Things'.

Intuitive Awareness
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Intuitive Awareness
— Ajahn Sumedho

This book is compiled from talks given mostly in 2001 by Ajahn Sumedho; they convey an intuitive understanding of the Buddha’s teaching which has arisen from over 35 years of practice as an American born Buddhist monk. He is the senior Western disciple of Ajahn Chah.

This approach starts with accepting ourselves as we are, not as some ideal of whom we think we should be. By doing this a relaxation can take place that creates space for insight to arise. For some people this space arises as the sound of silence, or simply a quiet or empty mind. However it manifests, this points to the unconditioned; beyond body and mind objects. From this place of spaciousness, social and personal conditioning can be investigated or reflected upon, thus freeing the heart from the delusion of identifying with the personality. This is not a process of rejecting ourselves or of considering certain thoughts and feelings as wrong, but of learning to be a silent witness to all that arises without attaching to that experience or rejecting it.

Women in Buddhism - Question & Answers
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Women in Buddhism - Question & Answers — Ven. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh Ph.D.

Ven. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh provides answers to questions often asked about women and the ordination issue and related topics. She responds to such questions as: In the Buddha's time what role did women play in Buddhism? Why cannot women become buddhas? What is the Buddhist attitude towards prostitution? What is an attitude of a Buddhist towards abortion? What is the unique characteristic in American Buddhism which might interest a feminist?

Facing the Future
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Four Essays - Facing the Future — Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi uses the Buddha's teaching as a lens through which to examine some of the confusions about social values that have engulfed us at the dawn of the new century.

The opening essay, "A Buddhist Social Ethic for the New Century," sets the pace by drawing a contrast between the social system fostered by global capitalism and the type of social organization that might follow from a practical application of Buddhist principles.

"A Buddhist Model for Economic and Social Development" continues the argument by highlighting the economic, social, and ecological costs of industrial-growth society, sketching a more "people-friendly" alternative based on Buddhist values.

"The changing face of Buddhism" opens with the question why, in traditional Buddhist countries, Buddhism today is losing its appeal to the young, on its way to becoming little more than a fossilized expression of ethnic culture; in attempting to answer this question he proposes some new lines of emphasis that might help to reverse this trend.

In "Sangha at the Crossroads" he explores the problems that young monks face in finding a meaningful role in today's rapidly changing world.

From Vulnerability to Virtuosity
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From Vulnerability to Virtuosity: Buddhist Reflections on Responding to Terrorism and Tragedy — Peter D. Hershock

My intention is not to analyze the complex geopolitics of the "war on terror." Neither is it to critically assess either specific policy decisions or their effects on the quality of daily life and civil liberties. Instead, I want to offer some general observations about terrorism and tragedy and then, from a Buddhist perspective, to begin reflecting on our broad strategies for responding to them and to the realization of our individual and collective vulnerability.

Can Killing a Living Being Ever Be an Act of Compassion?
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Can Killing a Living Being Ever Be an Act of Compassion? The analysis of the act of killing in the Abhidhamma and Pali Commentaries -- Rupert Gethin

In the Early Buddhist exegetical tradition, the notion that intentionally killing a living being is wrong involves a claim that certain mental states are present in the mind. The idea that killing a living being might be a solution to the problem of suffering runs counter to the Buddhist emphasis on dukkha as a reality. The cultivation of friendliness in the face of suffering is seen as something that can bring beneficial effects for self and others in a situation where it might seem that compassion should lead one to kill.

Dhammapada Stories - For the Younger Reader
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Dhammapada Stories for the Younger Reader — Gambhiro Bhikkhu (Illustrated)

Selected verses from the Dhammapada, all depicted with thirty-two beautiful illustrations. This collection is a great introduction to the Dhammapada and has been carefully compiled and edited for the younger reader by Gambhiro Bhikkhu.

The Jataka Tales - For the Yonger Reader - Vol 1
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The Jataka Tales Vol 1 — Ven. Kurunegoda Piyatissa and Todd Anderson

Fifty stories from the Jataka Tales - Prince Goodspeaker. Interpreted by Ven. Kurunegoda Piyatissa, Maha Thera and told by Todd Anderson. These stories are not scholarly word-for-word translations as have been done by others. Rather these tales have been rewritten in modern English understandable by western readers. By reading these stories, children and adults can develop their knowledge and learn how to face the difficulties of modern life. The Buddha himself used Jataka stories to explain concepts like karma and rebirth and to emphasize the importance of moral values.

The Jataka Tales - For the Yonger Reader - Vol 2
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The Jataka Tales Vol 2 — Ven. Kurunegoda Piyatissa and Todd Anderson

This is the second volume of fifty stories from the Jataka Tales - Buddhist Tales for Young and Old, interpreted by Ven. Kurunegoda Piyatissa, Maha Thera and told by Todd Anderson.

The One Who Saw - A Tale for Children and the Young at Heart
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The One-Who-Saw — Gambhiro Bhikkhu (Illustrated)

"There once was a happy land where the inhabitants lived a happy and harmonious life. They were kind to one another and their ways were simple. Their wants were few..." An illustrated Buddhist story about the "One Who Saw" combines Buddhist themes of greed and hatred into a children's book. This little eBook allows the young to find their heart and the old to know their heart.

In the Dead of Night - A Tale for Children and the Young at Heart
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In the Dead of Night — Gambhiro Bhikkhu (Illustrated)

"I had been driving all day on a long, lonely, dusty road. Night had already fallen when I decided to rest. I still had a long way to go and I felt very tired." This book deals with people's fear and emotions with some scary, but humorous illustrations.

Loving-Kindness Meditation for Children
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Seeding the Heart — Gregory Kramer.

Loving-kindness Meditation with Children. The practice of loving-kindness, or metta, can be done in one of two ways: either in intensive prolonged meditation to develop deep states of concentration, or in daily life at any time one meets with people and animals or thinks about them. To learn about the radiating of metta to all beings with children, we have to tap into the store of knowledge accumulated by lay people and parents. It must be knowledge which has grown out of years of living and loving with children and young adults. Gregory Kramer, father of three boys, shows us here with what subtle but precise adjustments in the standard practice of loving-kindness he was able to anchor in the lives of his children.

The Light of Asia
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The Light of Asia— Sir Edwin Arnold

A classic in Buddhist literature, "The Light of Asia", by Sir Edwin Arnold (1879), is without any doubt, a unique work. It is primarily because, this is the only original poem written in English on the Buddha, throughout the long history of Buddhism. Sir Edwin Arnold, the Author of this epic poem, was initially persuaded to compose this sacred work, as a result of his deep and abiding desire to aid in the better and mutual understanding between East and West.

Letter From Mara
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Letter From Mara — A story by Punnadhammo Bhikkhu - Arrow River Forest Hermitage

Author's Note: Apologies are extended to the late C.S. Lewis, author of 'The Screwtape Letters', for using his clever idea. Written in the style of a 1950's Science Fiction story - Letter from Mara tells of the Matrix like existence we live as humans and what challenges lie ahead for those who want to wake up... A fun and insightful story. Mara in Buddhism symbolizes the passions that overwhelm human beings as well as everything that hinders the arising of the wholesome roots and progress on the path of enlightenment.

The Wisdom of Nagarjuna
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The Wisdom of Nagarjuna — Dr Peter Della Santina

Nagarjuna holds an almost unequaled place among the ranks of those Buddhist saints who expounded the teaching of the Buddha Sakyamuni for the benefit of the world. Nagarjuna revolutionized the interpretation of the doctrine of the Enlightened One which was current at his time and lent it a vitality and dynamism which has continued to sustain it even to our day among the votaries of the Mahayana. The revolution which Nagarjuna accomplished within the fold of Buddhism was not a radical departure from the original doctrine of the Buddha Sakyamuni. On the contrary, the adherents of the Madhyamaka school are undoubtedly justified in asserting that their interpretation represents the true import of the doctrine of the Buddha and the essence of Buddhism.

Mind Seal of the Buddhas
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Mind-Seal of the Buddhas — Patriarch Ou-i's... Commentary on the Amitabha Sutra.

Of all the forms of Buddhism currently practiced in Asia, Pure Land has been the most widespread for the past thousand years. At the core of this school is a text of great beauty and poetry, the Amitabha Sutra, intoned every evening in countless temples and homes throughout the Mahayana world. This important text shares with the Avatamsaka and Brahma Net sutras the distinction of being among the few key scriptures preached spontaneously by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, without the customary request from the assembly. Although several translations of the sutra itself are available no major commentary appears to have been published in English. The Van Hien Study Group is therefore privileged to be associated with J.C.Cleary’s present rendering of The Essentials of the Amitabha Sutra — a seminal Chinese commentary by the T’ien-t’ai Master Ou-i (1599- 1655), later recognized as the ninth Patriarch of the Pure Land school.

The Heart Sutra
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The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra (2nd Edition) — Tr. by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Tsang.

The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra Translated from Sanskrit into Chinese by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Tsang Commentary by Grand Master T'an Hsu Translated into English by Ven. Dharma Master Lok To. The Prajna Paramita Hrydaya Sutra is the core of the Maha Prajna Paramita in six hundred scrolls. This book is based on a nine-day teaching in which Grand Master T'an Hsu went through the sutra line by line, giving a clear and extensive commentary on each one, using many carefully chosen examples along the way to make his discourse more relevant in terms of everyday life. [French Sutra Translation Committee of the United States and Canada New York - San Francisco - Toronto 2000 First published 1995 Second Edition 2000 Sutra Translation Committee of the United States and Canada.

The Shobogenzo
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The Shobogenzo Zen Master Eihei Dōgen

A new translation of a Zen classic... The Shōbōgenzō is the recognized spiritual masterpiece by the thirteenth century Japanese Sōtō Zen Master Eihei Dōgen. It is comprised of discourses that he gave to his disciples, in person or in writing, at various times between 1231 and his death twenty-two years later at age fifty-three. These discourses cover a wide range of topics pertinent to those in monastic life though often also relevant to those training in lay life. He discusses matters of daily behavior and religious ceremonial as well as issues involving the Master-disciple relationship. He also explores the deeper meaning that informs the so-called Zen kōan stories, which often puzzle readers by their seeming illogicality and contrary nature.

Sutra of the Medicine Buddha
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Sutra of the Medicine Buddha — Dharma Master Hsuan Jung.

In the Mahayana tradition of East Asia, particularly China, Japan, Vietnam and Tibet. The Medicine Buddha occupies a special place in the hearts of Mahayana Buddhists. Specialising in curing diseases, both physical and mental - of which delusion is the root cause. His healing acts are but the prelude to Supreme Enlightenment for those seekers who have the good fortune to learn of his vows or merely to hear his name!

The Sutra on the Eight Realizations
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The Sutra on the Eight Realizations — Translation by Thich Nhat Hanh

"The content of The Sutra on the Eight Realizations is grounded in both Mahayana and Theravada viewpoints. Please treasure this Sutra. When I was seventeen, and in my first year of novice studies at a Buddhist Monastery, I had to study and memorize it. This enabled me to easily combine the meaning of the Sutra with meditation of breath counting. From this period until now, 44 years have passed and this Sutra is still an invaluable torch lighting my path. Today I have the opportunity to present it to you. I am grateful to this deep and miraculous Sutra. I join my hands and respectfully recite, "Homage to the precious Sutra on the Eight Realizations." - Thich Nhat Hanh

Guide to a Buddhist Funeral

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A Guide to a Proper Buddhist Funeral — Koperasi Buddhisme Malaysia Berhad.

This is a hand book on Buddhist Funerals, with sections on practical advice as to what is to be done when a family member is critically ill; the final moments; when death takes place; preparing for the funeral; paying last respects; the final rites; verses for contemplation; the burial / cremation ceremony and the memorial service.

A Theravadin Buddhist Funeral
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A Theravadin Buddhist Funeral — Ven. Suvanno.  

Generally, a Chinese funeral is a mixture of Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist rites. How then should a Theravadin Buddhist funeral be conducted? Venerable Suvanno, a respected and senior Theravadin Buddhist monk of Chinese descent explains how a Theravadin Buddhist funeral may be conducted.

Dying to Live
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Dying to Live - The Role of Karma in Dying and Rebirth
— Aggacitta Bhikkhu

The purpose of this work is to present a comprehensive picture of kamma and the often unpredictable role it plays in the process of dying and rebirth according to orthodox Theravada doctrine.

With the aid of colour diagrams, basic concepts of Abhidhamma are first introduced in order to facilitate a thorough understanding of what happens, on a microscopic level, to the body and mind of a person dying to live again. Since kamma is inextricably linked with Abhidhamma principles, and our main subject of discussion is one of its specific roles, the whole of Chapter 2 is devoted to an exposition of the nature of kamma and its various aspects, classified according to four different ways of analysis.

Chapter 3 begins by surveying the causes of death and the possible manifestations of the kamma that is about to produce rebirth in the dying person, and concludes by presenting a microscopic description, accompanied by a colour diagram, of the actual process of dying and rebirth, based on the basic principles of Abhidhamma introduced in Chapter 1.

In Chapter 4, the order in which specific types of kamma generate rebirth is discussed with the help of many interesting storie's mostly extracted from the commentaries, but including a few modern one's and accompanied by pencil drawings.

Finally, Chapter 5 summarises and concludes this booklet with some proposals for skilful dying, and a dramatic personal account of a young monk's own observations and masterly manipulation of the changing visions experienced by a dying Buddhist devotee.

Preparing for Death & Helping the Dying
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Preparing for Death & Helping the Dying Sangye Khadro.

This booklet is based on material used during a seminar that Sangye Khadro taught in Singapore and elsewhere, entitled “Preparing for Death and Helping the Dying.” This seminar answers a genuine need in today’s world, as expressed by one participant: “I am interested to know more about death and how to help dying people, but it’s very difficult to find anyone willing to talk about these things.” The material for the seminar is taken mainly from two sources: traditional Buddhist teachings, and contemporary writings in the field of caring for the dying. This booklet is meant as a brief introduction to the subject rather than a detailed explanation.

The Many Faces of Death
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The Many Faces of Death — Jacqui James

Imagine a life partner, a family member or a close friend of yours is dying. How might she or he be feeling? Facing death, being in pain maybe. What are her or his intimate needs and wishes? What happens to us when staying with a dying person? How can we deal with the sorrow, the confusing thoughts and the trying situation? How should we communicate with her or him and with the family members and friends? When a beloved person is dying we are touched to our deepest core. Difficult, painful emotions may rush up, stirring in our hearts. Dying and death becomes a great challenger, breaking into our lives – which we try so hard to keep smooth and under control.

"Benedict's Dharma 2"...
Forty Episcopalian men and women from around the country gathered for this very special "Benedictine Experience" inspired by the book, "Benedict's Dharma," in historic New Harmony, Indiana. Sister Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, executive director of MID (Monastic Inter-religious Dialogue), Rev. Kusala Bhikshu an American Buddhist monk, and Mr. Karl Peterson a specialist in early Christian music guided participants through a week-long Buddhist/Christian dialogue on the Rule of St. Benedict.

The Varieties of Religious Experience
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The Varieties of Religious Experience — William James

"The most influential book written on religion in the twentieth century." Paving the way for all modern spiritual thought, The Varieties of Religious Experience was revolutionary in its view of religious life as centered not within the Church, but solely within the person. James, a vivid, subtle stylist writing for the skeptical, nonspecialist reader, was the first to define spirituality as "the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude."

One hundred years after its publication James's work remains even more vital than before. Beyond its influence on the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, beyond its influence on launching the American pastoral counseling movement, and beyond its role in spawning the psychology of religion, it remains a book that empowers individuals and inspires readers with erudition, insight, and kindness.

Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration
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Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration
- Parliament of the World's Religions

Drafted initially by Dr. Hans Kung, in cooperation with CPWR staff and Trustees and experts drawing on many of the world's religious and spiritual traditions, Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration identifies four essential affirmations as shared priniciples essential to a global ethic.

Affirming respect for all life, economic justice and solidarity, tolerance and truthfulness, and equal rights and partnership between men and women, the document elaborated eloquently on the significance of each value for our modern world. Endorsed at the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago, USA, Towards a Global Ethic urges all men and women of good will to join in the commitment to these vital shared principles.

Used throughout the world by universities, religious and spiritual communities and interfaith organizations, Towards a Global Ethic has emerged as one of the most significant building blocks in the continuing process of creating global ethical understanding and consensus.

Urban Dharma Newsletter eBook - February 2004 to May 2004
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The Classic Urban Dharma Newsletter eBook... This first Newsletter eBook is from February 2004 to May 2004. Seventeen newsletters in all, a total of 236 pages... With topics ranging from- Morality Without God, Buddhist Weddings, Ultimate Reality, and Zen Guitar, just to name a few.


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