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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 Benefits of Walking Meditation by Sayadaw Silananda Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

"Nyanatiloka Maha Thera was the first and foremost Pali scholar and expert to open the words of the actual texts of Theravada Buddhism to the West. He laid the foundation upon which later scholars like Nanamoli Thera and Nyanaponika Maha Thera and many devoted monk-scholars/practitioners built, culminating in Venerable BhikkhuBodhi."

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The Word of The Buddha by Venerable Nyanatiloka Mahathera Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

"When Venerable Nyanaponika was asked many years ago, 'How does one get to the heart of Theravada Buddhism?' His answer was: 'Why look anywhere but in the word of the Buddha?' and he recommended reading the text, written by his own teacher: The Word of the Buddha, by Venerable Nyanatiloka, who was the indisputable expert in translating and explaining Pali- English texts in the Theravada Tradition."

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The Buddha's Teaching of Egolessness by Nyanatiloka Mahathera Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

The most crucial point for most men seems to be the Buddha's fundamental teaching about Phenomenality, Egoless¬ness and Impersonality of existence, in Pali anattaa. It is the middle way between two extremes, namely on the one hand the spiritualistic belief in an eternal ego-entity, or soul, outlasting death; on the other hand the materialistic belief in a temporary ego-entity becoming annihilated at death.

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Lily de Sylva: A Radical Therapist Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

"As Professor Lily de Sylva was so well-respected as a Pali scholar and so well-loved by her friends and colleagues around the world, we have put together an anthology of articles which shows not only her deep and detailed knowledge of the Pali texts but also her profound love and devotion to the world and everyting and everyone within it."

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Narada Thera: Buddhist Theory of Kamma Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Kamma is the law of moral causation. The theory of kamma is a fundamental doctrine in Buddhism. This belief was prevalent in India before the advent of the Buddha. Nevertheless, it was the Buddha who explained and formulated this doctrine in the complete form in which we have it today.

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