In the Buddha’s Words

In the Buddha’s Words

An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha)

Translated, edited, and compiled by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Publisher: Wisdom Publications (July 28, 2005)

In the Buddha’s Words is an anthology of selected discourses from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. This collection is divided into ten thematic chapters in a systematic presentation that reveals the full scope of the Buddha’s discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. In the Buddha’s Words allows even readers unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddha’s contributions to our world heritage.

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Numerical Discourses of the Buddha

Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: An Anthology of Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya

An Anthology of Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya (Sacred Literature Series)

translated and edited by Nyanaponika Thera & Bhikkhu Bodhi
Publisher: AltaMira Press (June 25, 2000)

The Pali Text Society’s translations of the four main Nikayas, or divisions of the oldest Buddhist scriptures, began in 1899 with TW Rhys Davids’ translation of the Digha Nikaya. These works have performed a great service to Buddhists around the world, but they are now in need of replacement. This began in 1978 with Maurice Walshe’s translation of the Digha Nikaya, entitled Thus Have I Heard, and published by Wisdom Publications. Wisdom has continued its excellent work with further translations of the Majjhima Nikaya, or The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, published in 1995, and the Samyutta Nikaya, or The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, published last year.

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A Sixty-Year Spiritual Voyage on the Ocean of Dharma

A Sixty-Year Spiritual Voyage on the Ocean of Dharma

  A Sixty-Year Spiritual Voyage on the Ocean of Dharma is a personal retrospect of Ven. Yinshun’s long career of meticulous and wide-ranging scholarship. There was hardly a phase of Indian Buddhist literature that Yinshun did not explore and discuss in depth. His scholarly work, which is embodied in close to fifty volumes, extends from studies in the most ancient Buddhist canons to expositions of Madhyamaka and Mind-Only philosophy. These scholarly studies did not serve a merely academic purpose but contributed to his lifelong project of devising a truly contemporary expression of the Dharma.

  Sixty-Year Spiritual Voyage, which the Master wrote on the eve of his eightieth year, gives us a telescopic view of the momentous work of this prolific scholar as well as a concise statement of the conclusions he reached about the correct understanding of Buddhism in theory and practice.

Suggested Readings in Buddhism

Including the Theravada and Mahayana Traditions at
the Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels

Teachers, students, and friends of Bodhi Monastery have suggested these readings; therefore, this is not a complete or impartial selection. We’ve included readings from both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

We hope it is a useful resource and study tool for yourself and to share with others.

The readings are divided into two distinct lists; the General Buddhist Reading List and the Modern and Personal Perspectives Reading List.

The General Buddhist Reading List:

  • tries to capture the most general and important teachings of various traditions, teachers, etc., that we are familiar with;
  • restricts itself to the titles that deal with basic Buddhist teachings rather than with aspects of Buddhism from highly personal points of view;
  • includes a broad range from beginner to advanced, casual to scholarly, specific to comprehensive; and
  • lists specific teachings of certain genres only if the suggestions were expert.

Our review and editing of the list were based on the presence in the reading materials of fundamental Buddhist principles; that is to say, the main criterion was that the reading material be based on proper Buddhadhamma / Buddhadharma

  • in accord with Dependent Origination (paticca-samuppada);
  • in accord with the Four Noble Truths (cattari ariya saccani); and
  • in accord with the Three Characteristics (ti-lakkhana).

In terms of practice, the readings were selected in accord with the practice of morality, meditation, and insight-wisdom (sila, samadhi, and panna).

The Modern and Personal Perspectives Reading List

  • represent a selection of presentations of the Dharma / Dhamma from a variety of interests and perspectives; and
  • some selections are what prompted their readers to study and practice of Buddhism.

We have provided the lists below as a PDF for your convenience and as a Microsoft Word Document so that you are able to sort and search the lists by any category that you prefer.

Suggested Readings.doc

Suggested Readings.pdf

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