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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 Buddha's Sayings: Itivuttaka by John D. Ireland Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

According to the commentarial tradition, the suttas or discourses of the Itivuttaka were collected by the woman lay-disciple Khujjuttara from sermons, given by the Buddha, while he was staying at Kosambi. Khujjuttara was a servant of Samavati, the consort of King Udena. She had become a stream-enterer after meeting the Buddha and subsequently converted the women of the palace, headed by Samavati, to the teaching.

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Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

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As regards the choice of material, an attempt was made to make it as representative as possible of the whole collection, but personal preference could not be ignored. Choice tended to fall upon the more striking discourses, the avoidance of passages that were too repetitive and the inclusion of those that contained similes and parables, so profoundly illuminating and easily remembered.

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Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

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This is an excellent anthonlgy containing suttas referrring to some of the Buddha's most central teachings on investigating and understanding deluded perception and attraction.

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Samyutta Nikaya An Anthology Part III by M. O'C. Walshe Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Unlike the anthology of the A.nguttara Nikaaya in this series [by the Ven. Nyaanaponika], the selection from the Sa.myutta is by three different hands:
Part I by John D. Ireland,
Part II by the Ven. Ñaa.nananda, and
Part III by M. O’ C. Walshe.

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Nyanaponika: Selected Readings Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Venerable Nyanaponika Maha Thera, [based in the Forest Hermitage in Sri Lanka], was the focal point of the distribution of translations and publications of Theravada Buddha Dhamma teachings and texts into English and German, from before the middle, to almost the end of the twentieth century.

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