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 Aggression, War and Conflict Buddhist Publication Society

Bhikkhu Khantipalo's three short essays consider the Buddha's words on peace and its origins, and how only through conquering conflict in the mind can external peace exist.
A Manual of Insight- Wheels 31- 32
 Ven. Ledi Sayadaw, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 96 pages

This classic treatise on Vipassana, '…written for the Buddhists of Europe…,' describes in detail many factors of the practice of Vipassana. It ends with a short description of 'The Practice of Insight Meditation' and a brief life sketch of the author.
 Achieving Transcendence: Dependent Origination, Part 2, Wheel # 455
Ron Wijewanthe, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 2003, 106 pages.

This Wheel is a continuation of the presentation on Dependent Origination (Paṭiccasamuppāda) in the Road to Liberation. Here it is discussed in the context of the Four Noble Truths and the Four Foundations of mindfulness. There is also a discussion of vipassana meditation and the suttas in the context of transcendence. This discussion continues in part 3, Attaining Nibbana.
 All of Us-Beset by Birth,Decay and DeathVen. Ayya Khema. Buddhist Pub. Soc. 2008, 94 pages

This booklet transcribes twelve talks by the renowned Buddhist nun Ayya Khema, and is for all people everywhere who seek liberation from suffering and desire true happiness.

The Buddha taught: “there’s only one thing I teach: suffering and its end.” When we have realized that all the avenues we have tried to end suffering have failed, then it's time to turn to Buddha’s teachings and see for ourselves whether his promise of an end to suffering can be experienced within ourselves and whether true fulfillment is possible.

An Analysis of the Pali Canon

Ed. by Russell Webb, Buddhist Publication Society, 2001,102 pgs, softcover.

The vastness of the Pali Canon, about ten times the size of the Bible, can be daunting to its novice students. This is an unsurpassed albeit brief overview of these labyrinthine teachings, our oldest source of the original teachings of the historic Buddha. This guide provides a single sentence description of the content of each sutta.

 Anguttara Nikaya AnthologyTranslated by: Vens. Nyanaponika Thera, and Bhikkhu Bodhi
Buddhist Pub. Soc., 2007, 260 pages

154 selected discourses from this part of the Pali Canon. Originally translated by Nyanaponika Thera and revised here by Bhikkhu Bodhi including his notes. Contains some of the most important and inspiring discouses of the Buddha such as the Kalama Sutta, and much practical advice for lay people.
An Unentangled Knowing: Lessons in Training the Mind 

Upasaka Kee Nanayon, aka Acharn Kor Khao-suan-luang, Buddhist Publication Society, 1996, 164 pgs, softcover.

As one of the foremost woman teachers of Dhamma in modern Thailand, the author draws on her own poetry and talks to deal with a wide range of issues in the training of the mind. Covers techniques of meditation, mindfulness of breathing, contemplation of the body, and habits of the meditator's heart: the earnest determination and penetrating honesty that are the only things capable of seeing through inner deception to true knowledge and freedom.

Anagarika Dhamapala, A Biographical Sketch 

Bhikshu Sangharakshita, Wheel No. 70/72, Buddhist Publication Society, 1983, 98 pgs, softcover.

Reviews the life and times of the great Sri Lankan patriot and Buddhist reviver, 1864 - 1933.

Analysis of Perfections Ven. R.C. Mahathera, BPS, 2003, 119 pg. 12.95
Anatta and Nibbana: Egolessness and Deliverance Thera Nyanaponika, BPS, 1986, 27 pg.

This 27 page booklet draws from the Buddha's words to show that happiness is possible in the present, through the annihilation of craving and aversion.

Anguttara Nikaya, An Anthology,
Part I 

Translated by Ven. Nyanaponika Thera, Wheel No. 155-158, Buddhist Publication Society, 1981, 132 pgs, softcover.

Discourses of the Buddha in numerical order. Contains a wonderful selection of the suttas from books one through four.

Anguttara Nikaya, An Anthology,
Part III 

Translated by Ven. Nyanaponika Thera, Wheel No. 238/240, Buddhist Publication Society, 1976, 86 pgs, softcover.

Selected texts from books eight to eleven, with a listing of all the included discourses.

Apannaka Sutta, Culamalunkya Sutta and Upali Sutta 

Translated by Narada & Nahinda Thera, Wheel No. 98/99, Buddhist Publication Society, 1985, 69 pgs, softcover

Three Discourses from the Majjhima Nikaya, including the Buddha's earliest known affirmation that, "Indeed there is a world beyond; another world exists, that there is none, is to speak falsely and deny the word of those worthy ones who know there is another world." Notes provided.

Approaching the Dhamma BPS Pariyatti Editions, 2003, 269 pg. 25.25
Aspects of Buddhism in Indian History Buddhist Publication Society

The author reflects upon aspects of Buddhism in Indian history, and places India on the Buddhist map with important observations. Joshi reveals the India respected as "the holy land of the Dharma by devout Buddhists the world over," the India in need of developing more organized Buddhist community on a countrywide scale, the India from which came some of the best Buddhist sculpture, paintings, and rock-cut architecture, and more.
Aspects of Reality as Taught by Theravada Buddhism 

Dr. G.P. Malalasekera, Wheel No. 127, Buddhist Publication Society, 1982, 29 pgs, softcover.

This essay provides a clear description of Buddhist thought from the Theravada perspective. The author takes us on a fascinating analytical jaunt through historical perspectives of reality, thus creating a practical matrix for understanding the Buddha's "middle way."

 Attaining Nibbana- Dependent Origination, Part 3, Wheel # 458 Ron Wijewanthe, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 2004, 127 pages.

In this final Wheel of the series, the author discusses discussion of Paṭiccasamuppāda (Dependent Origination).vipassana meditation within the context of dependent origination. Part 1 is entitled Road to Liberation. Part 2 is entitled Achieving Transcendence, both also in stock here.
 Banner of the Arahants Ven. Bhikkhu Khantipalo, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 2008, 260 pages

Outlines, with  interesting stories & examples, the history of the Sangha, the order of monks and nuns from the Buddha's time to the present day. The information is gleaned from many different works or the author's own experience as a Buddhist monk in India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Contains some unique information not available elsewhere, showing how this living tradition of enlightened teachers comes down to the present day. Also includes translations of some of the inspiring verses of the enlightened disciples of the Buddha.
 Beginnings Collected Essays of S. Bodhesako 

 Bohesako, S., Buddhis Publication Society, 2008, 232 pgs. softcover

All the known published and unpublished works of S. Bodhesako, an American Buddhist monk who lived in India, Thailand and Sri Lanka. With an introduction by Ajahn Veradhammo.
Book of Protection, The 

Thera Piyadassi, Buddhist Publication Society, 1995, 122 pgs. softcover

An ancient anthology of 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 recitation for physical and mental health.

 Buddha & Christ as Religious Teachers, The
Edited by: Lily de Silva
Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society 

In this 32-page booklet, Dr. Lily de Silva, Professor of Pāli and Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, examines the Buddha and Christ in their roles as religious teachers. She compares them in respect to their wisdom, their compassion, the purpose and scope of their teachings, their relations to their disciples, and the methods they employed to communicate their messages to humanity.
Buddha and his Dhamma, The Bhikkhu Bodhi, BPS, 1999, 45 pg.

Two Lectures on Buddhism.

Buddha and His Disciples Venerable Dhammika, BPS, 2005, 108 pgs.

What was the Buddha really like? This biography is especially suitable for both young people and those new to the teachings or Theravada Buddhism, and describes his interactions within the context of ancient Indian society.

 Buddha and His Message. The
 Buddhist Publication Society

This booklet contains a lecture given by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi at the United Nations on Vesak Day, 2001. Ven. Bodhi gives an overview of the life of the Buddha and his message of truth and peace, which is valid and applicable for all of humanity. Included are chapters on the birth of the Buddha, the quest for enlightenment, the aim of the Buddha's teaching, the methodology of the teaching, and the parinibbana and afterwards.
Buddha and His Teachings, The

Ven. Narada Thera, BPS, 1991, 412 pg. softcover

One of the clearest yet most detailed introductions to the fundamental teachings of Theravadan Buddhism. Includes the life of the Buddha, the Buddha's teachings, and their relevance to the problems of modern life.

 Buddha, My Refuge Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society   14.95
Buddha's Ancient Path Piyadassi Thera, BPS, 1996, 239 pg. 16.50
Buddha's Path to Deliverance, The Thera Nyanatiloka, BPS Pariyatti Editions, 2002, 215 pages

A classic anthology from the Pali Canon charting the entire course of spiritual development following the threefold training in virtue, concentration, and wisdom, and the seven stages of purification.

 Buddha's Words on Kamma, The
Translated by: Ven. Nanamoli Thera
Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

Four suttas from the Majjhima Nikāya
Buddhism: A Living Message Piyadassi Thera, BPS, 108 pg. 3.00
Buddhism and Christianity- a positive approach - with some notes on Judaism  

M. O'C.Walshe, Wheel No. 275/276, Buddhist Publication Society, 1986, 45 pgs, softcover.

Dedicated "To my Christian and Jewish friends," this booklet, in the words of the author, ". . . simply reflects my personal attempt to find, as a Buddhist, some honest answers to certain problems and questions."

Buddhism & Social Action  Buddhist Publication Society   3.95
Buddhism in Myanmar Roger Bischoff, BPS, 1971, 80 pg.

A short history from its origins until the late 19th c, during which time several major systems of Vipassana meditation developed. Addresses how the Theravada Buddhist teachings became a major influence in Burmese life.

Buddhism in a NutshellBuddhist Publication Society

An excellent introductory overview of the fundamental principles of Buddhist doctrine. Topics covered include: the life of the Buddha, the Dhamma (Is it a philosophy? A religion? An ethical system?), the Four Noble Truths, the Law of Kamma, Rebirth, Dependent Origination, Anatta, and Nibbana. Recommended for beginners.
Buddhist Dictionary Nyanatiloka, BPS, 1997, 258 pg. 18.75
Buddhist Doctrine of Nibbana, The F. & P. Story and Vajiranana, BPS, 1984, 49 pg.

While the Buddha refused to describe or define Nibbana... 2 essays analyzing this central doctrine.

Buddhist Layman, The Buddhist Publication Society

A collection of four essays on living life as a layman following the Buddha's teaching. Three authors cover differnet aspects of the lay Buddhist life, based on two passages from the Pāli Canon that act as an introduction to the book.
Buddhist Meditation BL15 Buddhist Publication Society
Buddhist Meditation and Depth Psychology Douglas M. Burns, BPS 6.00
Buddhist Nuns: The Birth and Development of a Women's Monastic Order Mohan Wijayaratna, Buddhist Publication Society

The Community of Buddhist Nuns is one of the oldest women’s organizations in human history. In this book Dr. Wijayaratna explains how this community was started by the Buddha in the 5th century BCE, and how it developed gradually. To show the motivation and the way of life of these ordained women, the author uses the oldest texts of the Pali canon. Several chapters of this book discuss the position of Buddhist nuns in the field of the three famous monastic themes: poverty, chastity and obedience. This book describes in detail the structure of the organization of their Community, their day-to-day practices, and the virtues and mental discipline through which they strove to attain the sublime goal, Nibbana.
Buddhist Outlook Francis Story, BPS, 2000, 221 pg. 13.00 hc
Buddhist Perspectives on the Ecocrisis Klas Sandell, BPS, 1987, 80 pg.

Essays by Buddhist thinkers, including the Dalai Lama, on nature, environmental protection, eco-development, -politics, -ethics and -philosophies.

Buddhist Philosophy of Relations

Ledi Sayadaw, Wheel No. 331/333, Buddhist Publication Society, 1986, 82 pgs. softcover

The Patthanuddesa Dipani treats of one of the most difficult and complex subjects of Theravada Buddhist thought -- the philosophy of 24 conditional relations from the Patthana, & explains the essential principles underlying this vast system concisely but comprehensively, with lucid illustrations.

Buddhist Reflections on Death 

V.F. Gunaratne, Wheel No. 102/103, Buddhist Publication Society, 2001, 38 pgs. softcover.

Addresses the importance of contemplating death.Uses explanations and examples from the Pali Canon, to show the direct relation between an understanding of death and development in wisdom and knowledge of ultimate truths.

 Buddhist Therapy BL18 Buddhist Publication Society

Is Buddhism closely related to psychology? "To some extent, yes - but with one tremendous difference: While psychology helps you to understand yourself intellectually and, at best emotionally, Buddhism helps you to get beyond the intellect to the actual experience of life itself. That's why applied Buddhism goes so much deeper than any school of psychology can ever claim to do…"
Buddhist View of Abortion, A
(out of stock)
Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano, BPS, 1989, 29 pg. 3.00
Buddhist Women at the Time of the Buddha (Wheel 292/293)
Hellmuth Hecker, BPS, 1972, 72 pg.

Lives of some of the Female Disciples.

 Brahmanism, Buddhism, & Hindui Buddhist Publication Society

This 65 page booklet is a religious history that reviews the origins of Buddhism and its relation both to Brahmanism and medieval Hinduism in India.
Collected Wheel Publications-   Volumes I - VIII (each vol sold separately)
These books each contain around 15 of the renowned Wheel Publications, dealing with many aspects of the Buddha's teaching. Contact us for a list of the Wheels in each volume. 

Buddhist Publication Society, 200, from 380 - 440 pages each

These books each contain around 15 of the renowned Wheel Publications, dealing with many aspects of the Buddha's teaching. Contact us for a list of the Wheels in each volume. 

 15.95 each
 Coming Buddha-Ariya Metteyya, The- Wheel # 381-383 U Chit Tin, Buddhist Publication Society, 1986, 72 pages

This 65-page booklet surveys the information concerning the coming Buddha (Ariya Metteyya) from Theravada texts. Describes the career of the future Buddha, largely based on the Pāli Poem, the AnagatavamsaThe Chronicle of the Future Buddha), translated here for the first time. The author and his wife assisted Sayagyi U Ba Khin at the International Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar, for many years.
Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, A Bhikkhu Bodhi, BPS Pariyatti Editions, 1999, 400 pg. 28.95
Concept and Reality in Early Buddhist Thought

Bhikku Nanananda, Buddhist Publication Society, 1997, 158 pgs. softcover

By studying two controversial terms in the Buddha's discourses, papanca and papancasanna-sankha, the mind's conceptual proliferation and its tendency to create a screen of concepts by which it misinterprets the basic data of experience, the author hopes we will become more prepared to gain understanding of the central tenet of Anatta, or no-self. Our false ideas of soul arise in part from clinging to limiting worldly concepts.

Curbing Anger, Spreading Love Bhikkhu Visuddhacara. BPS, 1997, 102 pg.

As we know all too well, anger causes unhappiness to ourselves and to others. If we could only live with less anger and more love, we feel, we would be able to spread much cheer and happiness, and to experience greater happiness within. This book, based on principles of Buddhist mental training, is intended to show that it lies within our own power to curb anger and to spread love. In simple and clear language the author explains how, by methodical mental training, we can evict the demon of anger from our minds and hearts, and become a loving friend, a source of joy and comfort, to all those who come within the circle of our life. These instructions wil be found valid and effective by anyone of any religion, or of no religion at all, for they require nothing more than a willingness to gain greater mastery over one's own mind. In an easy, conversational style, the author discusses sixteen ways to control and overcome anger, and offers instructions on how to practice the meditation on universal love. Illustrated with attractive line drawings, this volume is suitable for readers young and old. (Recommended for 12yrs>)

Dana, the Practice of Giving Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ed. BPS, 1990, 71 pg. 5.25
Dependent Origination 
Piyadassi Thera, BPS, 1998, 40 pg. 3.50
Dhamma Theory, The: Philosophical Cornerstone of the Abhidhamma Y. Karunadasa, BPS, softcover

This Sri Lankan expert traces the development and philosophical implications of the "dhamma theory" (the premise that all phenomena of experience can be explained on the basis of elementary constitutents called the "dhammas"). This theory formed the base for the entire system of the Abhidhamma, a comprehensive and precise systemization of the teachings of the Enlightened One, developed during the first two centuries following his parinibbana.

Dhammapada: Buddha's Path of Wisdom, The Acharya Buddharakkhita, BPS, 1990, 176 pg. Softcover.

423 verses spoken by the Buddha, presents his teachings for study and contemplation. This popular edition transmits the spirit, content and style of the original, with clarity, vigour of expression and careful fidelity to the meaning. Includes original Pali text and a long introduction by Bhikkhu Bodhi describing the structure of this work and how it embodies the essential teachings of the Buddha.

Dimensions of Buddhist Thought Francis Story, BPS, 1985, 454 pg. 6.25
Directing to Self Penetration (Wheel 326-8) T.A.K. Khao Suan Luang, BPS, 1985, 70 pg.

6 dhamma talks about centering the mind in non-attachment.

 Discourse Collection: Selections Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society
Discourse on the All-Embracing Net of Views (hardcover) Bhikkhu Bodhi, BPS, 1992, 345 pg. 23.50
Edicts of King Asoka Ven. S. Dhammika, BPS, 1993, 33 pg. 4.50
Ending of Things, The Ajahn Brahmavamso, BPS, 2001, 29 pg.

A Discourse on Non-Self.

Essential Advice from the Kadampa Masters

Tr. Geshe Wangyal, BPS, Bodhi Leaf, 1988, 29 pg.

A compilation from Atisha, the Indian master who founded this Tibetan school in 982, his chief disciple, Geshe Drom, & others. Noted for straighforward reminders about the possible self-deceptions on our paths , and the mindfulness required about our inner motives, commitments and our death.

Essential Practice, Part 1 Discourses of Webu Sayadaw, BPS, 1991, 46 pg. 5.50
Essential Practice, Part 2 Discourses of Webu Sayadaw, BPS, 1992, 45 pg. 5.50
Facing the Future Bhikkhu Bodhi, BPS, 2000, 69 pg.

Four Essays on Buddhism.

Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest Thera Nyanaponika, BPS, 1981, 35 pg.

Selected texts, from the Pali Canon and its commentaries, on the five obstacles to progress on the spiritual path, including a chapter from the Discourse on the Fruits of Recluseship.

Forest MeditationsAuthor: Ven. Bhikkhu Khantipalo
Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society 
 Four Noble Truths, The Buddhist Publication Society, Paperback 3.95
Four Planes of Existence in Theravada Buddhism Sunthorn Na-Rangsi, BPS, 2006, 85 pg.

A general introduction to Buddhist cosmology, specifically to the thirty-one realms of existence in which rebirth takes place. Useful for both average readers and scholars alike, as this complicated subject is made clear and accessible.

Four Sublime States & The Practice of Loving Kindness (Metta), The 

Nyanaponika Thera & Nanamoli Thera (aka Bhikku Nanamoli), respectively, Wheel No. 6/7, Buddhist Publication Society, 1998, 60 pgs. softcover

The "four sublime states",are the lofty states of love, compassion, sympathetic joy & equanimity. The first essay gives a brief description and a section of contemplation exercises for each & a section on the inter-relationship of all. The second essay focuses on metta, translating in lucid style the key Pali Canon passages in which the Buddha taught this practice.

Gemstones of the Good Dhamma: An Anthology of Verses from the Pali Scriptures- Wheels 342- 344 Ven. S. Dhammika, Buddhist Pub. Soc.,
Pali and English, 1995, 82 pages.

Inspired verses (Pali with the English facing) from parts of the Sutta Pitaka; arranged in groupings similar to the more well known Dhammapada: insight, silence, happiness, love, oneself and others, mindfulness, effort, etc. presented  "in such a way that they may enrich the faith and understand of those who read them."
Girimananda Sutta, The-Ten Contemplations with Commentary

Introduced and translated by Bhikku Nanmoli, Wheel No. 177, Buddhist Publication Society, 1984, 43 pgs, softcover.

The 60th discourse in the "Tens" of the Anaguttara Nikaya, popular as a recited 'protection' discourse. The Commentary is from the "Sarattha samuccaya," Collection of Essential Meanings.
Globalization from the Buddhist Perspective Pracha Hutanuwatr & Jane Rasbash, BPS, 1998

Insight into the rapidity of global commercial changes in the light of the Buddha's teaching of tahnha, or craving. The ideal Buddhist society ... with wholesome qualities ... is the opposite of the present global trends ...

Gods & the Universe A. Ottama, BPS, 1998, 86 pg. 3.50
 Golden Goose and other Jataka Stories, The Ven. S. Dhammika, Buddhist Pub. Soc.,  Pali and English, 2005, 28 pages.

This large-format children's comic book contains five illustrated Jataka tales: Suvannahansa Jataka, Mahasara Jataka, Babbu Jataka, Munika Jataka, and Vanarinda Jataka.
Good Dose of Dhamma T.A.K. Khao-Suan-Luang, BPS, 1995, 30 pg.

Meditation during illness.

Good, the Beautiful & the True, The 

Bhikkhu Bodhi, Buddhist Publication Society, Bodhi Leaf #154, 2001, 29 pgs.

In our quest for true happiness, we must combine three qualities: Goodness--moral values in an active life; a contemplation of Beauty, conferring a sense of the sublime; and the realization of Truth, completing our intellectual lives.

Great Discourse On Causation, The Bhikku Bodhi, BPS, 1994, 160 pg.

The Mahanidana Sutta & Its Commentaries: the longest, most detailed discourse on dependent arising which the Buddha described as deep, subtle, and difficult to see, the special domain of noble wisdom. An appendix explores the Abhidhamma system of conditional relations.

Greater Discourse On Voidness, The Bhikkhu Nanamoli , BPS, 1995, 34 pg., softcover 3.00
Guide Through the Abhidhamma Pitaka: A Synopsis of the Philosophical Collection of the Theravada Buddhist Canon, 4th Ed. Nyanatiloka Thera, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 2008, 262 pages

An outline of the 7 books of the advanced analytical collection of the Pali Canon, the Abhidhamma Pitaka, with each book introduced by the renowned German scholar-monk Nyanatiloka Mahathera. Designed to clarify the structure of the Abhidhamma works, which are large & complex, and thus aid their study. Indipensable for students who wish to get an  overview of the Abhidhamma Pitaka
 Healing of the Bull, The  Buddhist Publication Society  Paperback 2.95
Heart of Buddhist Meditation - A handbook of mental training based on the Buddha's way of mindfulness Nyanaponika Thera, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 1992, 250 pages.

In print for 30 yrs in 10 languages, this book is a modern classic. Combining deep personal insight and clear exposition, the reader is guided into the essential principles of the Buddha's Way of Mindfulness.A lucid account of the basic practices of insight meditation, it also offers a complete translation of the Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, the Buddha's own instructions on the practice.
How to Teach Buddhism to Children Helmuth Klar, BPS, 1961, 22 pg. 3.00
Inspiration from Enlightened Nuns (Wheel 349/350) Susan Elbaum Jootla, BPS, 1984, 56 pg.

Essay based on poems from the Therigatha.

Itivattaka, The: The Bhudda's Sayings John D. Ireland, BPS, 1999, 130 pg.

112 short suttas collected by the servant woman Khujjuttara.

Jataka Tales of the Buddha: Part 1 K. & V. Kawasaki, BPS, 1995, 30 pg. 3.00
Jataka Tales of the Buddha: Part 2 K. & V. Kawasaki, BPS, 1995, 30 pg. 3.00
Jataka Tales of the Buddha - 3 Volume Set An Anthology Buddhist Publication Society

Whereas Western intellectuals seek the essence of Buddhism in its doctrines and meditation practices, the traditional Buddhists of Asia absorb the ideas and values of their spiritual heritage through its rich narrative literature about the Buddha and his disciples. The most popular collection of Buddhist stories is, without doubt, the Játakas. These are the stories of the Buddha's past births, relating his experiences as he passed from life to life on the way to becoming a Buddha. At times he takes the form of a bird, at times he is born as a hare, a monkey, a prince, a merchant, or an ascetic, but in each case he uses the challenges he meets to grow in generosity, virtue, patience, wisdom, and compassion. This anthology of Jatakas, ably told by Ken and Visakha Kawasaki, remains faithful to the original yet presents the stories in clear and simple language. It thereby makes the Jatakas accessible even to young readers and to those for whom English is not their first language.
Joy Hidden in Sorrow, The Ayya Medhanandi, BPS, 2000, 30 pg.

Two talks on death and dying.

 Just Seeing: Insight Meditation and Sense-Perception Cynthia Thatcher, Buddhist Pub. Soc.,2008, 146 pages 

Explores, in eloquent language and depth, the Buddha's significant teaching, “When seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear,” as it applies to the practice of insight meditation as taught by Mahasi Sayadaw. It touches on the two kinds of reality—ultimate and conventional—expounded in the Abhidhamma and explains these two realities through the example of a pointillist painting of Seurat that can be viewed in two ways. Also gives meditation instructions for beginners, an appendix on the perceptual process as described in Buddhist metaphysics, and a crossword puzzle of Pali terms.
Kamma, Rebirth, Samsara: The Message in the Teachings of: A Gateway to Deeper Understanding A. Ottama, BPS, 1998, 66 pg. 5.25
King Asoka and Buddhism A. Seneviratna, BPS, 1987, 176 pg. 15.75
Kutadanta Sutta- On True Sacrifice


Introduced and translated by Prof. T.W. Rhys Davids, Wheel No. 120, Buddhist Publication Society, 1984, 37 pgs, softcover.

A Discourse from the Digha Nikaya, (The Wrong Sacrifice and the Right) based on a legend used by the Buddha to answer a question he receives.
Larger Rationalism, A  Buddhist Publication Society
Last Days of the Buddha
The Maha Parinibbana Sutta
Translated from the Pali sutta by Sister Vajira and Francis Story, BPS, 1998, 98 pg.

Classic telling of the stirring final journey of the Buddha.

 Lay Buddhist Practice Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society
Life of the Buddha Colouring Book Martha Aitchison, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 2009, 32 pages

A simple telling of the story of the Buddha's life in words and drawings for children to color. Includes six pages of notes for parents and teachers to elaborate upon the brief captions under each drawing. This book is basd on A Young Person's Life of the Buddha, by Bhikkhu Silacara.
Life of the Buddha, The Bhikkhu anamoli, BPS Pariyatti Editions, 2001, 400 pg. 25.25
Lifes Highest Blessings 
Dr. R.L. Soni, BPS, 1987, 93 pg. 4.50
Lions Roar, The: Sihanada Suttas Bhikkhu Nanamoli , BPS, 1997, 48 pg.

The Buddha 's proclamation of the Dhamma was his "lion's roar," supreme, fearless, and unchallengable. The 1st discourse deals with the delicate question of whether different spiritual paths all lead to the same ultimate goal. The 2nd discloses the loftiness of his spiritual endowments. A rebuttal to a renegade disciple, in ancient times it was called "The Hair-Raising Discourse," due to its great scope and powerful impact.

Living Buddhist Masters Jack Kornfield, BPS, 1977, 319 pg. 23.50
Living Message of the Dhammapada Bhikkhu Bodhi, BPS, 1993, 26 pg. 3.00
Looking Inward- Obervations on the Art of Meditation Tan Acharn Kor Khao-suan-luang, BPS, 54 pg.

Excerpts from thirteen talks of one of Thailand's foremost modern woman teachers of Dhamma on the practice in brief; a basic order in life; every inbreath and outbreath; the details of pain; the deceits of knowing; and reading the heart.

Magic of the Mind Bhikkhu Nanananda, BPS, 1996, 106 pg.

Studies the illusory nature of consciousness, dependent arising, arahatship, and nibbana.

 Manual of Insight, A- Wheels 31- 32
 Ven. Ledi Sayadaw, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 96 pages

This classic treatise on Vipassana, '…written for the Buddhists of Europe…,' describes in detail many factors of the practice of Vipassana. It ends with a short description of 'The Practice of Insight Meditation' and a brief life sketch of the author.
Manual of Light, The and Manual of the Path to Higher Knowledge, The


Ledi Sayadaw, Buddhist Publication Society, 2007, 183 pgs, softcover.

This book contains two advanced expositions on the development of higher insight knowledge by the renowned Burmese scholar monk and meditation master Ledi Sayadaw.

Message of Saints, The Mahathera Henepola Gunaratana, Buddhist Publication Society, 1984, softcover, 32 pg.

From the Khuddaka Nikaya of the Sutta Pitaka, this inspiring selection of Thera-Theri-Gathas are exquisite poems by saints who were followers of the Buddha.

Metta: Philosophy & Practice of Universal Love Acariya Buddharakkhita, BPS, 1999, 56 pg. 4.50
Mind Overcoming Its Cankers Acharya Buddharakkhita, BPS, 2004, 220 pg.

An in-depth study of mental effluents in the Buddhist perspective.

Ministering to the Sick and Terminally Ill Lily de Silva, BPS 3.00
Middle Land, Middle Way Venerable S. Dhammika, BPS, 1991, 208 pg.

Guide book for the Bhuddist pilgrim in India, with maps and photos.

Mindfulness of Breathing Bhikkhu Nanamoli, BPS, 1980, 146 pg. 8.00
Mudita-Unselfish Joy- Wheel # 170 Translated by: Ven. Nyanaponika Thera, Buddhist Pub. Society, 1987, 30 pages

Several short essays by the editor and three lay practitioners on one of the lesser known and too-little practiced sublime states of mind.
New Age?, A: Relating Religions Bhikkhu Khantipalo, BPS, 1979, 27 pg. 3.00
Nibbana As Living Experience/ The Buddha and the Arahant Lily de Silva, BPS, 1996, softcover, 48 pg.

The first essay addresses "What does the attainment of Nibbana mean in terms of living experience?", and the second compares the attainments of the Buddha with those of the arahants: while both are said to share the same realization of liberation, the Buddha is distinguished by the cosmic dimensions and breadth of his enlightenment.

Nirvana, Nihilism, & Satori Douglas M. Burns, BPS, 1983, softcover, 95 pg.

Presents early Theravadan interpretation of the Buddha's teachings on Nirvana, and also discussions on the arahants, Zen satori experience, and other psychological phenomena.

Noble Eightfold Path and its Factors Explained

Ven. Ledi Sayadaw, BPS, 1998, softcover, 82 pg.

In this booklet, the Buddha's own definition of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold Path are quoted and explained in depth.

Noble Eightfold Path, The Bhikkhu Bodhi, BPS Pariyatti Editions, 2000, 134 pg. 11.95
Nyanaponika a farewell tribute Ed. by Bhikku Bodhi, Buddhist Publication Society, 1995, 70 pgs. softcover

      A life sketch, bibliography, appreciation, and selected writings from the Ven. Nyanaponika Mahathera (1901-1994), one of our era's shining guides to the Buddha Dhamma, including, among other contributions, the co-founding of the Buddhist Publication Society.

Nyanatiloka Centenary Volume
Ed. by Nyanaponika Thera, Buddhist Publication Society, 1978, 69 pgs. softcover

Pays homage to one of the great Western explorers  & exponents of Theravada Buddhism, the late Ven. Nyanatiloka Mahathera (1878-1957,) the first European monk, whose writing and translations are distinguished by reliable scholarship, a deep understanding of the Buddha's teachings,  and his clear conviction that those teachings are of as vital, world wide
significance as ever.
 Of Gods & Men Buddhist Publication Society 1967

Francis Story's first submission to the BPS, a small Bodhi Leaf pamphlet discussing the role of "gods" and unseen beings in the Buddha's teaching and in popular Buddhist belief.
Of Mindsets & Monkeypots P-K Ontl, BPS, 1993, 24 pg. 3.00
Parents and Children Ven. Medagama Vajiragnana Nayaka Thera, BPS, 2000, 27 pg.

Transmitting the Buddhist heritage across generations.

Path to Purity M.B. Werapitiya, BPS, 1979, 22 pg. 3.00
Peace in the Buddha's Discourses- A Compilation and DiscussionDennis Candy, Buddhist Pub. Soc, 2008, 142 pages.

The Buddha often referred to the value of santi, or peace, at both the personal and social levels. The most significant of these references are offered here to detail the full range and depth of what the Buddha taught about this important subject.
Practical Advice for Meditators Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

Reading this small book, it is as if you were sitting at the feet of an old and wise Buddhist monk, drinking from his knowledge, experience, and personal advice. There is food for thought and practice in every paragraph. Bhikkhu Khantipalo’s advice is for both streams of Buddhist meditation, the path of insight and the path of tranquility.
Practical Insight Meditation: Basic and Progressive Stages

 The Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, Buddhist Publication Society, 2006, 84 pgs. softcover

Vol 2 of a treatise on Satipatthana insight or vipassana meditation. The first section provides instructions for exercises and mental preparation for newcomers, and the second part sketches the progressive stages of insight that unfold with advancing practice. The first volume of his explanatory work is  Progress of Insight, another Buddhist Publication Society book.
Prisoners of Karma: A StoryBuddhist Publication Society  2.95
Progress of Insight Mahasi Sayadaw, BPS, 1994, 50 pg.

The seven stages of purification leading to the crest of achievement, Arahantship.

Questions of King Milinda N.K.G. Mendis, BPS, 1997, 208 pg.

A spirited dialog between the Greek King Milinda and the Bhuddist sage Nagasena.

 Reading the Mind-Advice for Meditators 

Tan Acharn Kor Khao-suan-luang, Wheel No. 388/389, Buddhist Publication Society, 1993, 43 pgs, softcover.

How the mind deceives itself and latches onto the notion of 'self' which infiltrates into the deepest levels before our very eyes. Meditation and determination and honesty can be used to see through. By one of the foremost dhamma teachers in modern Thailand, who died in 1978.
Real Facts of Life, The Sumano Tong, BPS, 2000, 36 pg.

Practical reflections on the three marks of existence.

Rebirth as Doctrine & Experience Francis Story, BPS, 2000, 221 pg. 15.50
Rebirth Explained V.F. Gunaratna, BPS, 1992, 96 pg. 4.50
Rebirth of Katsugoro, The

Lafcadio Hearn, Bodhi Leaf B.94, Buddhist Publication Society, 1983, 28 pgs. softcover

This translation of a series of documents from 1823 - 1835 called "Collection of Uncommon Stories" retells the case of a 9-year-old boy's recall of details from a previous life which were then substantiated by follow-up by his current family members. Also provides interesting glimpses of village life in feudal Japan.

Road to Liberation R. Wijewantha, BPS, 2002, 120 pg.

Discusses the doctrine of Dependent Origination, and its underlying message.

 Roots of Good and Evil, The


Nyanaponika Thera, Wheel No. 251/253, Buddhist Publication Society, 1986, 111 pgs. softcover.

Greed, hatred, and delusion— the 3 bad roots, cause suffering and trouble. The good roots of non-greed (i.e generosity), non-hatred (loving-kindness), and non-delusion (wisdom) create joy. Understanding all these roots help make an end of suffering and attain true peace and happiness. This book explains in a penetrative way the nature of these six roots. It contains discourses of the Buddha on the subject together with traditional commentary.
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Safeguard Recitals

Anandajoti Bhikkhu, BPS, 2004, 279 pg. Softcover

The Catubhanavarapali in Pali with a line-by-line translation. The Four Recitals are the best known Buddhist texts in Sri Lanka. Every monastery & temple holds a recital after the Autumnal Rains Retreat.


Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw, BPS, 1990, 56 pg.

Detailed introduction to this eminent teacher's system of insight meditation.

Scale of Good Deeds, The Susan Elbaum Jootla , BPS, 34 pg.

This commentary on the Velama Sutta gives the Buddha's vivid outline of the degrees of merit acquired by performing different kinds of good actions. The scale begins with the practice of generosity and culminates in the practice of insight into the truth of impermanence. The author's foundation is in Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Sayayi U Ba Khin.

Seven Contemplations of Insight, The:  A Treatise on Insight Meditation  Based on the discourses of Ven. Matara S.N. Mahathera, by M. Wettimuny,tr. by A. Kariyawasam,  Buddhist Publication Society, 1997, 163 pgs. softcover

An in-depth study of the first seven insights, which form a distinct and self-sufficent system known as "the seven contemplations" (satta anupassana), this book is theoretically rigorous yet pragmatic and precise. It weaves together extensive material from the Buddha's discourses and the commentaries with concrete guidelines to mental training.
Seven Stages of Purification N.S.M. Nanarama, BPS, 1993, 82 pg.

One of Sri Lanka's modern meditation masters (1901 - 1992) provides great erudition on the higher stages of purification and insight arising from deep meditative experience.

Simile of Cloth, The: The Discourse on Effacement, Vatthupama & Sallekha Sutras Wheels 61 & 62 Ven. Nyanaponika Thera, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 1994, 64 pages 

Two important suttas on purification of mind.
Similes of the Buddha Hellmuth Hecker, Buddhist Publication Society

This book is an introductory guide to the rich, wonderful, and profound world of Buddhist similes. The Buddha often used similes as a skilful means to facilitate the understanding of teachings that otherwise could appear abstruse and dry to his listeners. This book offers the reader through the use of these similes an opportunity to widen and deepen one's understanding of the Teaching of the Buddha.
Struggle of Letting Go S. Karunaratna, BPS, 1999, 26 pg. 3.00
Supreme Conqueror, The
Bodhi Leaf # 39
 Francis Story, Buddhist Pub. Soc. 2.95
Tales from Kosambi Paul Pothecary, Buddhist Publication Society

This book is especially suitable to newcomers to Buddhism, those who like tales and stories, and young people. School teachers will find the tales useful for teaching students about Buddhism.
Teacher of the Devas: The Buddha's Relationship with the Gods - Wheels 414 -416 Susan Elbaum Jootla, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 62 pages

Based on the Pali canon, this booklet explores in detail the Buddha's role as "teacher of the devas" ("a vast multitude of gods who are transient beings caught within the cycle of repeated birth and death"). It examines the many instances in which the devas approached the Buddha for spiritual instruction and help. The author treats these texts as living transmissions of truth which can help human beings here on earth practice the Dhamma under the trying conditions of modern life.
Thinker's Notebook-Posthumous Papers of a Buddhist Monk Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Nyanaponika Thera, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 2008, 256 pages.

The papers of the English monk-scholar Ñaṇamoli,  the gifted translator of Pali Buddhist texts to English, as well a gifted thinker, philosopher, and poet. His short notes and longer essays, written in the 1950's, deal with profound topics such as ontology, metaphysics, nuclear physics, logic, and also humour, irony, sarcasm and light poetry. Collected, edited and introduced by Nyanaponika Thera.
Three Basic Facts of Existence, The: II. Suffering (Dukkha) Collected Essays

Thera Nyanaponika & Various Authors, BPS, 1983, softcover, 100 pg.

Includes descriptions of dukkha, dukkha according to Theravada, and from the epilogue, the words of the Buddha, "If there were no misery in the world, beings would not be digusted with the world. But as there is misery in the world, beings become disgusted with it... ."

Three Basic Facts of Existence, The: III. Egolessness (Anatta) Thera Nyanaponika, BPS, 1984, 102 pg.

A collection of essays on egolessness, self, soul, personality, substance and anatta in Theraveda.

Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha

Translated by Nanamoli Thera, (aka Bhikku Nanamoli) Wheel No. 17, Buddhist Publication Society, 1981, 35 pgs. softcover

English translation, of the First Sermon, the Sermon on Not-Self, and the Fire Sermon, along with with introduction and notes. The first 2 were the first sermons given by Gotama the Buddha & addressed his five ascetic friends. The third was given some months later to an audience of over 1,000 ascetics who had practiced fire worship.

 To Light A Fire Buddhist Publication Society  2.95
Tragic, the Comic, the Personal, The Thera Nanavira, BPS, 1987, 88 pg. 5.25
Tranquility & Insight Amadeo Sol-Leris, BPS, 1990, 176 pg.

A general view of the Bhudda's methods of meditation and mental trainings from the Pali Canon and the Theraveda tradition.

Transcendental Dependent Arising Bhikkhu Bodhi, BPS, 1979, 64 pg.

Exposition of the Upanisa Sutta on the steps from suffering to deliverance.

Treasury of Buddhist Stories, A

E.W. Burlingame, BPS, 1990, softcover, 250 pg.

From the Dhammapada Commentary, a collection of fifty-six of the most popular and beloved Buddhist stories of all time.

Treatise on the Paramis, A Acariya Dhammapala, BPS, 1996, 80 pg.

The 10 sublime virtues that are requisites to merit the fruits of the liberating path.

Truth of Anatta G.P. Malalasekera, BPS, 1966, 30 pg. 3.00
Udanda & The Itivuttaka, The- Two Classics from the Pali Canon

John D. Ireland, BPS, 1998, softcover, 266 pg.

This book presents two of the most beautiful and uplifting texts of the Pali Canon, The Udana and The Itivuttaka. The Udana is a collection of 80 short suttas, each beginning with a memorable incident that comes to the Buddha's attention and elicits from him an inspired utterance expressing his insight into the event's deeper significance.

Vangisa, An Early Buddhist Poet - Wheel # 417/418 John D. Ireland, Buddhist Pub. Society, 1997, 40 pages

Language: Pali & English
Ven. Vangisa was designated by the Buddha as his foremost discipline in composing spontaneous verse. The introduction gives a portrait of the poet and his poems in their historical and literary context.This 36-page booklet offers a translation of his poems from the Pali in the Theragatha, the Samutta Nikaya and the Suttanipata.
Vimuttimagga and Visuddhimagga: A Comparative Study  P V Bapat, Buddhist Publication Society

This comparative study explores the relation between the Vimuttimagga and Visuddhimagga, the Path of Freedom and the Path of Purification, both classical meditation manuals of the Theravada tradition. The Vimuttimagga, extant as a whole only in a Chinese translation, and partially in Tibetan quotations, is generally regarded as the predecessor of the Visuddhimagga. Although both manuals are Abhidhammic in style, the Vimuttimagga is more practical and concise whereas the Visuddhimagga is more scholarly and elaborate. This study, first published in 1937, is for those who would like to study the similarities and differences between the two works. P. V. Bapat, Ph.D (Harvard), was Professor of Ancient Indian Culture, Pali, and Buddhism at Poona University. Besides making editions of Pali texts, he translated into English the Shan-chien-p`i-p`o-sha, the Chinese version the of Samantapsdik, in collaboration with A. Hirakawa
Violence and Disruption in Society - A study of the Early Buddhist Texts

Elizabeth J. Harris, BPS, 1994, softcover, 52 pg.

Based on the Pali Canon, this is a study of the early Buddhist approach to the problem of violence in society. The chapter topics include: the different forms of violence; the reason for Buddhism's attitude towards violence; the roots of violence; and, can violent tendencies be eradicated?

"In a violent world...the duty of the Buddhist disciple is not inactive withdrawal or apathy but culture of the mind to root out personal defilements so that perception and judgement can be unbiased and objective; cultivation of positive qualities which will create harmony and peace; and, most important, a readiness to speak out and act against what is blameworthy and in prasie of what is worthy of praise."

Vision of Dhamma, The Thera Nyanaponika, BPS Pariyatti Editions, 2000, 364 pg. 22.75
Visuddhimagga: The Path of Purification Bhikku Nanamoli, BPS Pariyatti Editions, 1999. 960 pg. 60.00 hc
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Walking Meditation

 Ajahn Brahmavamso, Ajahn Nyanadhammo and Dharma Dorje, Wheel No. 464, Buddhist Publication Society, 2007, 58 pgs. softcover.

This booklet contains essays on walking meditation in the Thai Buddhist traditions by three Buddhist teachers.
Walking the Tightrope  David Young, Buddhist Pub. Soc., 2005, 158 pages

Pemasiri Thera is a Sri Lankan Theravada monk whose Dhamma talksform the basis for this book, written by one of his western students. The exposition of Dhamma takes the form of a dialogue between Ven. Pemasiri and a few of his students, including the author. It is a graduated series of explanations, beginning with a general introduction to the Buddha's teachings of discipline, concentration, and wisdom, and proceeding through thorough discussions of the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. In the process, Pemasiri Thera shows himself to be a very skillful teacher who knows the teachings deeply and who can express them in a way that makes sense to modern westerners.
Way to Ultimate Calm, The Webu Sayadaw, BPS, 2001, 192 pg.

This essential collection, translated by Roger Bischoff, presents 2 sections of the Ven. Webu Sayadaw's rigorous and engaging style of Dhamma discourse. Includes an illuminating account of the decades-long relationship between Webu Sayadaw and Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

Wheel of Birth & Death, The Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

Dependent origination explained as a wheel of cause and effect. Includes two supplemental pictorial sheets: a Tibetan wheel of Saṃsāra and a modern wheel of Saṃsāra, drawn by the author.
Wise Reflections - Wheel # 463 Steve Weissman, Buddhist Pub. Soc. 2006, 53 pages

This American teacher living in Thailand stresses the importance of 'wise reflection' on the development of wisdom. 53 pages.
Within Our Own Hearts-Twelve Dhamma Talks on Meditation Practice

Ayya Khema, BPS, 2006, 128 pg. softcover

An inspiring collection of 12 talks given at the Parappaduwa Nuns Island in Sri Lanka including The Seed of Enlightenment Within; Nothing Special; Self-love, Self-hate; Abandon What Should be Abandoned; Twelve Conditions Leading to Nibbana.

Woman in Buddhism (Wheel 453-4) Prof. Dhammavihari Thera, BPS, 2003, 62 pg.

Studies on the position and role of women in Indian society and within Bhuddism.

Word of the Buddha, The Thera Nyanatiloka, BPS, 2001, 101 pg.

An outline of the teachings of the Buddha in the words of the Pali Canon, organized around the Four Noble Truths.

Worlds True Welfare, The Vidagama Maitreya, BPS, 1982, 46 pg.

This 15th century monk's poem is an homage to the Buddha, to daily life, and reflects the poet's genuine appreciation of the beauties of nature as observed in the charm of a flourishing rural countryside.

Worn-Out Skin, The Thera Nyanaponika, BPS, 1990, 68 pg.

The Uraga Sutta, or the Serpent Discourse, is an ancient poem from the Pali Canon. The theme is the oft painful process of inner growth required for spiritual freedom or liberation from suffering.