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Recommended Books

The titles in this list by highly-respected monks, authors and scholars may be considered as† some of the best bedrock Theravada books available in English.



The Fire Sermon: The Third Sermon of the Buddha Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Conversion of Kassapa, the Fire-Worshiper

ďAt that time there lived in Uruvela the Jatilas, Brahman hermits with matted-hair, worshiping the fire and keeping a fire-dragon; and Kassapa was their chief.

Kassapa was renowned throughout all India, and his name was honored as one of the wisest men on earth and an authority on religion. And the Blessed One went to Kassapa of Uruvela the Jatila, and said:

"Let me stay a night in the room where you keep your sacred fire."

Kassapa, seeing the Blessed One in his majesty and beauty, thought to himself: "This is a great muni and a noble teacher. Should he stay overnight in the room where the sacred fire is kept, the serpent will bite him and he will die."

And he said: "I do not object to your staying overnight in the room where the sacred fire is kept, but the serpent lives there; he will kill you and I should be sorry to see you perish."

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Theravada - Mahayana Buddhism Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

"Many of us come to Buddhism from different directions and find it hard to get to the core of where it all comes from, and the following essay on the origins of the texts will be helpful to some."

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One Vehicle for Peace Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

"Everything goes back originally to the word of the Buddha and his instructions for the Noble Life, and the following essay explains how there is only one Dhamma outlining the path that leads to the destination of purification and ultimate peace."

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The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

The purpose of our text is to collect a concise compendium of authoritative Theravada texts on the instructions explained by the Buddha, in the Satipatthana Sutta and Maha Satipatthana Sutta, to monks and followers, who needed to be trained and tamed so they could learn the discipline of focusing their minds to keep themselves on the path that leads to Enlightenment.

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Satipatthana Vipassana: Insight Through Mindfulness by Mahasi Sayadaw Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

The Burmese Master, Mahasi Sayadaw, is said to have been one of the most influential vipassana meditation teachers, of the twentieth century, so we have, accordingly, included some of his writings which will help to enhance our basic understanding of how the arousal of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness is the way to attainment of enlightenment.

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