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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.



Essentials of Buddism - Discourses by U Ba Khin and Webu Sayadaw Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

"U Ba Khin and Webu Sayadaw were contemporaries in Burma, in the middle of the last century, and their method of theory and practice of vipassana bhavana has since gained adept adherents around the world because of its effectiveness in developing, energetic, one-pionted concentration leading towards fulfillment of the final goal. These are challenging, seminal documents."

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A Treatise on the Paramis: From the Commentary to the Cariyapitaka Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

In its earliest phase, as represented by the four main collections of the Sutta Pi.taka, the focal concern of Buddhism was the attainment of nibbaana by the practice of the Noble Eightfold Path.

In these collections the Buddha teaches his doctrine as a direct path to deliverance, and perhaps no feature of the presentation is so striking as the urgency he enjoins on his disciples in bringing their spiritual work to completion by reaching the final goal.

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Buddhism in a Nutshell by Narada Mahathera Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

On the full-moon day of May, in the year 623 B.C., there was born in the district of Nepal an Indian Sakya Prince named Siddhattha Gotama, who was destined to be the greatest religious teacher in the world. Brought up in the lap of luxury, receiving an education befitting a prince, he married and had a son.

His contemplative nature and boundless compassion did not permit him to enjoy the fleeting material pleasures of a Royal household. He knew no woe, but he felt a deep pity for sorrowing humanity.

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Requisites of Enlightenment by Venerable Ledi Sayadaw Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

In compliance with the request of the Pyinmana Myo-ok Maung Po Mya and Trader Maung Hla, during the month of Nayon, 1266 Burmese Era (June, 1904 C.E.), I shall state concisely the meaning and intent of the thirty-seven Bodhipakkhiya-dhammas, the Requisites of Enlightenment.

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Nourishing the Roots: Essays on Buddhist Ethics by Bhikkhu Bodhi Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

The course of spiritual training taught by the Buddha is a double process of self-transformation and self-transcendence issuing in complete emancipation from suffering.

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