Giving Thanks Without Forgetting Others

A Discourse on Thanksgiving Weekend given by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi I dedicate this essay to the memory of my closest friend, Ven. Bhikkhu Sumedha, who expired in Sri Lanka on Dec. 21, 2006, minutes after I finished writing it. I dedicate it to him as a true monk and...

The Buddha and His Message

Lecture on Vesak Day United Nations, 15 May 2000 Prologue To begin, I would like to express my pleasure to be here today, on this auspicious occasion of the first international recognition and celebration of Vesak at the United Nations. Though I wear the robe of a...

Dhamma Without Rebirth?

In line with the present-day stress on the need for religious teachings to be personally relevant and directly verifiable, in certain Dhamma circles the time-honored Buddhist doctrine of rebirth has come up for severe re-examination. Although only a few contemporary...

Spiritual Friendship

An excerpt from a lecture by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi  If you find a wise person Who points out your faults and corrects you, You should follow such a sage As you would a revealer of treasures. It is better, never worse To follow such a sage. DHAMMAPADA (verse 76)   Part I:...

A Word from the Teacher

These recordings are of lessons that I gave at Bodhi Monastery between January and October 2003 (with a few added at a later date). They are all based on the book, James Gair and W.S. Karunatilleke, A New Course in Reading Pali (publisher: Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi)....