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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 Power of Mindfulness by Nyanaponika Maha Thera Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

The Buddha spoke of the power of mindfulness in a very emphatic way:
"Mindfulness, I declare, is all-helpful" (Samyutta, 46:59).
"All things can be mastered by mindfulness" (Anguttara, 8:83).
Further, there is that solemn and weighty utterance opening and concluding the Satipatthana Sutta, the Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness:

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Maha-Satipatthana Sutta: based upon DN 22 PTS: D ii 290 Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

The word "satipatthana" is the name for an approach to meditation aimed at establishing sati, or mindfulness.

The term ‘sati’ is related to the verb sarati, to remember or to keep in mind.

It is sometimes translated as non-reactive awareness, free from agendas, simply present with whatever arises, but the formula for satipatthana doesn't support that translation.

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The Satipatthana Sutta by V. F. Gunaratna Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

The Satipatthana Sutta and its application to modern life, this is the theme of my talk this evening, and it will be my endeavor first, to give you some idea of what Satipatthana really is, and thereafter to show you that the special and peculiar conditions of the modern age are such, that the doctrine of Satipatthana was never more urgently needed than it is now in this modern age.

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Setting the Wheel of the Dhamma in Motion: The Dhammacakkapavattana Sutta Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Baranasi in the Deer Park at Isipatana. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus of the group of five thus:

"Bhikkhus, these two extremes should not be followed by one who has gone-forth into homelessness. What two? The pursuit of sensual happiness in sensual pleasures, which is low, vulgar, the way of worldlings, ignoble, unbeneficial; and the pursuit of self-mortification, which is painful, ignoble, unbeneficial. Without veering towards either of these extremes, the Tathagata has awakened to the middle way, which gives rise to vision, which gives rise to knowledge, which leads to peace, to direct knowledge, to enlightenment, to Nibbana.

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Manual Of Chanting by Narada Thera Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

We are often at a loss to find a chanting book when we need one, so the following book, prepared by Narada Thera [which has been re-edited] may prove beneficial and helpful when such an occasion arises.

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