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A Brief History of the Jamme Tulkus of The Drukpa Kagyu Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and Their Practice Centre

A Brief History of the Jamme Tulkus of The Drukpa Kagyu Tradition is a remarkable insight into the practices and works of the school also known as “Oral Lineage” or “Whispered Transmission”. The Kagyu is one of the six main sects of the Tibetan Mahamudra Buddhism and it is today divided into three groups, the Karma Kagyu, Drikung […]

Non-violence – a study guide based on early Buddhist teachings

Non-violence – a study guide based on early Buddhist teachings takes the reader through Buddha’s original philosophy about non-violence as described in the Pāli-canon: The earliest extant canon of the Buddha’s teachings. The Buddha continuously describes his sense of dismay at the violence and conflict in the world, together with his important discovery: that the […]

Come and See – Three Dhamma Talks

Come and See – Three Dhamma Talks. For 40 years, the monk Phra Ajaan Funn Ācāro wandered throughout northeastern Thailand, facing and overcoming many hardships—wild animals, lack of food, and recurring diseases. Because of his kindness and strength of character, he developed a following, both lay and ordained. In 1944, he returned to his home […]

In the Elephant’s Footprint

In the Elephant’s Footprint is the transcriptions of three talks held at the Palelai Buddhist Temple in Singapore December 15-17, 2017. The topics are The Wisdom of Good, The Skills of Concentration and The Judgments of Insight. It used to be that people thought that Buddhism was very pessimistic and talked about nothing but suffering, […]

Awareness Itself

Awareness Itself is dedicated to the life and teachings of the Thai monk Ajaan Fuang Jotiko. He was the teacher of the author of the book, Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The book is based on three other books, mainly Fuang’s The Language of the Heart and nearly the complete Transcendent Discernment. Not everything is a straight translation. Many of […]

An Unentangled Knowing – The Teachings of a Thai Buddhist Lay Woman

An Unentangled Knowing with the subtitle; The Teachings of a Thai Buddhist Lay Woman outlines the life and work of Upāsikā Kee Nanayon he foremost female Dhamma teacher in twentieth-century Thailand. She was born in 1901 to a Chinese merchant family in Rajburi. During her teenage years, she devoted her spare time to Dhamma books and to meditation. In 1945, she […]

The Five Faculties – Putting Wisdom in Charge of the Mind

The Five Faculties with the subtitle Putting Wisdom in Charge of the Mind by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu. The Five Faculties are in the Buddhist tradition known as conviction, persistence, mindfulness, concentration, and discernment. These are qualities that the Buddha numbered among his most important teachings. When put in charge of the mind, they lead all the way to awakening. […]

Selected Works of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

Selected Works of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar is a huge collection, 4795 pages, consisting of articles and essays on the Indian democracy, spiritual life, and social system. Ambedkar was independent India’s first minister of justice and one of the main writers of the constitution. He spent his life working for social justice and the elimination of the […]

The Body – Dhamma Reflections on ageing, sickness and death by the nuns of the Theravada Community

The Body with the subtitle Dhamma Reflections on ageing, sickness and death by the nuns of the Theravada Community is written and compiled by the nuns Ajahn Sundara, Ajahn Candasiri and Ajahn Metta. This collection of nuns’ talks, which were originally offered to the monastic communities and during meditation retreats for lay people, focus on two main themes. […]

On the Path

On the Path – An Anthology on The Noble Eightfold Path drawn from the Pali Canon. Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu describes in this book the eightfold path and what the Pali Canon taught about it according to the Buddha. He stresses that all eight factors of the path are necessary for it to yield its intended results. This […]

Ye Magick Mirrour of Old Japan

Ye Magick Mirrour of Old Japan is a very special little book about the Japanese tradition of sacred mirrors. The book was privately printed in 97 copies and it is based on a discourse delivered at a Meeting of the Sette holden at Limmer’s Hotel (from where we also got the Limmer’s Gin Punch) on […]

The Buddha’s Teachings – An Introduction

The Buddha’s Teachings – An Introduction by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu is a short but precise biography of The Buddhas life and the events that led to his enlightenment and teachings. The book describes key concepts such as Samsara, rebirth, the handful of leaves, the noble truths, Nirvana and the importance of generosity in Buddhism. From the […]

The Craft of the Heart by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo

The Craft of the Heart by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo gives the full range of his teachings on the practice of the Buddha’s craft, from the observance of the five precepts to the attainment of total liberation. Even though the chapters are designed for different readers at different stages the reader is advised to read, not […]

Karma Q&A – a study guide

Karma Q&A – a study guide is a newer book (2018) about the concept of Karma as it is understood and used in the Theravada branch of Buddhism. It discusses the origin of Karma and how it might have older roots than Buddhism and what the implications of this for a modern audience in the West […]

Abiding in the Retreat

Abiding in the Retreat by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. One of the Chenrezig practices in Tibetan Buddhism is the Chenrezig practices is the nyung nä. It is a powerful and intensive practice that takes place during a two days retreat.  This book Abiding in the Retreat is a commentary to a nyung nä sadhana composed by Kelzang Gyatso, the […]

Majjhima Nikaya – The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

Majjhima Nikaya. This comprehensive work offers a complete translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections in the Sutta Pitaka or “Basket of Discourses” belonging to the Pali Canon. This vast body of scriptures, recorded in the ancient Indian language now known as Pali, is regarded […]

Buddhist Legends VOL I-III

Buddhist Legends VOL I-III consists of a direct translations from the original Dhammapada Commentary Pali texts. The translations where made by various scholars at Yale University in during 1917 and 1918 and the work was published in the USA in 1921. The collection features hundreds of stories about great saints, human stupidity, parables similar to […]

Consciousness Studies

Consciousness Studies – a Wikibook. It is often said that consciousness cannot be defined. This is not true; philosophers have defined it in its own terms for centuries. Consciousness can be described in terms of two principal components: firstly phenomenal consciousness which consists of our experience with things laid out in space and time, sensations, emotions, thoughts, […]

Ganadharavada

Ganadharavada is an important philosophical book, which gives an insight into a number of problems of Indian philosophy from different points of view. It features profound discussions between different schools. For instance we find references to controversies and divergent views in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Jaina Agamas and the Buddhist Pitakas from an ancient time […]

Theory of Karman in Indian Thought

The problem of suffering and diversity of human nature is a great riddle which has been discussed widely in the eastern spiritual traditions for thousands of years. This book, the Theory of Karman in Indian Thought, outlines how the different schools have worked with the problem of Karma from the Upanishads, the Tantric sects to […]

The Zen of Love

The Zen of Love with the subtitle Discover your own awakened heart, is a spiritual guidebook explaining the inexplicable: how the unified vision of self-realization interfaces with the world of separation and duality, or how the One of Unity and the many of separation merge through the power and presence of Love. In down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is language, […]

Buddhism Of Tibet Or Lamaism

Buddhism Of Tibet Or Lamaism is a classic work on Tibetan Buddhism as practiced by its monks and hermits. For many years this was the most adequate source of reliable information about Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism in the western world. The author, Major L. A. Waddell, learned the Tibetan language in order to fulfill his project […]

Transmutation of Personality through Preksha Meditation

Transmutation of Personality through Preksha Meditation. Preksha meditation is one of the ways in which that immortal beauty may be observed according to the spiritual way of the Jain tradition. The word ‘preksha’ is generally used in the sense of seeing; but here it is meant as a special technique, which takes the meditator from the […]

Sanmati Tarka or The Logic of the True Doctrine

Sanmati Tarka or The Logic of the True Doctrine is classic philosophical work on logic.  It was originally written by Siddhasēna Divākara in Sanskrit, then translated to Gujarati and to English. Siddhasēna Divākara was a fifth century CE monk, who was also known “Lamp-maker”, because of his great works on philosophy and epistemology in the early […]

Perception of Psychic Colours

Perception of Psychic Colours is a book about Preksa Dhyana, a technique of meditation for attitudinal change, behavioural modification and integrated development of personality. It is based on the wisdom of ancient Jain philosophy and has been formulated in terms of modern scientific concepts. The different methods of Preksa Dhyana (i.e. perception) include svasa-preksa, (perception of breathing), sarira-preksa […]

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