A Brief Outline of Buddhism, (1955)

U Posa

Buddha Desana and Essential Principles of Enlightenment, (1998)

Sayadaw U Pannadipa

Buddhism in a Nutshell

Narada Mahathera

Discourses by Sayagyi U Chit Tin

Sayagyi U Chit Tin

The Doctrine of Paticcasammupada, 1996

U Than Daing
The 'Encyclopaedia of Buddhism' project , 18 May 2002  

The Four Noble Truths

Ajahn Sumedho

The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering

Bhikkhu Bodhi

One Foot in the World

Lily de Silva

Sasana - Hard to Encounter

Sayadaw U Nyanika

Practical Advice for Meditators

Bhikkhu Khantipalo

What Buddhists Believe

Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda

The Wings to Awakening: An Anthology from the Pali Canon , (1966)

Bhikkhu Thanissaro

A Brief Outline of Buddhism, 1955

U Posa
Preface About the Author
Chapter I. Introduction Chapter II. The great Prophecy and Ten Perfections
Chapter III. Prince Siddhattha and Enlightenment Chapter IV. The Middle Path
Chapter V. Two Aspects of Truth Chapter VI. Constitution of Personality
Chapter VII. The Philosophy of Kamma Chapter VIII. The System of Correlation
Chapter IX. The Passing Away of The Buddha Chapter X. The Buddhist Practices

Buddha Desana and Essential Principles of Enlightenment, 1998

Sayadaw U Pannadipa

Part I. The Buddha Desana.
1. The Teaching of the Buddha 2. Not an 'ism'
3. Not a religion
4. Not a philosophy
5. The distinguished characteristics of Buddhism
6. A psycho-ethical philosophy
7. Relevant principles of Man
8. Outstanding facts in Buddhism

Part II. The Buddha
1. The Perfectly Enlightened One
2. Life of the Buddha
3. Supreme Qualities of the Buddha

Part III. The Dhamma
1. His teaching
2. Noble Attributes of the Dhamma
3. Some salient points

Part IV. The Sangha
1. His Noble disciples
2. The founder
3. Two devoted lay disciples
4. The origin of the Sangha
5. Yasa, the second convert into the order
6. Yasa's friends
7. The Holy Order of the Sangha
8. The advantages of being a Sangha
9. Noble Attributes of the Sangha

Part I. Kamma and Rebirth
1. Kamma and its result
2. Short life and long life
3. Sickness and health
4. Ugliness and beauty
5. Few friends and many friends
6. Poverty and wealth
7. Low-born and high-born
8. Ignorance and intelligence

Part II. The Dependent Origination
1. An effect depends on a cause
2. The links between cause and effect
3. Two root defilements
4. Three rounds in the process of existence
5. Links in natural order
6. Links in reverse order
7. Grasping on the aggregates
8. A being — merely mind and matter
9. Cutting of the wheel of lives

Part III. The Doctrine of Anatta
1. The origin of religion
2. Basic knowledge of the Noble Truths
3. Four great religions
4. The fundamentals of The Buddha-Dhamma
5. The views of other three religions
6. Atta versus Anatta (Soul and no-soul)
7. Natural law and The Buddha-Dhamma
8. No-soul view and human being
9. Arising and passing away of mind and body 10. Nothing reality in the phenomenal existence 11. No-self, no-ego
12. Anatta, the ultimate reality
13. Origin of life
14. Three tenses of life-process
15. The practice of one's sake
16. The noble advice of the Buddha

Buddhism in a Nutshell

Narada Mahathera

1. The Buddha
2. The Dhamma: Is it a Philosophy?
3. Is it a Religion?
4. Is Buddhism an Ethical System?
5. Some Salient Features of Buddhism
6. Kamma or the Law of Moral Causation

7. Rebirth
8. Paticca Samuppada
9. Anatta or Soul-lessness
10. Nibbana
11. The Path to Nibbana


U Chit Tin


The Doctrine of Paticcasammupada

U Than Daing
What is Paticcasamuppada? Sections, Links, Factors and Periods:
Khandha Paticcasamuppada (Present Aspect): How Cycle of Paticcasamuppada starts revolving from Vedana:
Revolving of Paticcasamuppada from the Beginning: Revolving of Paticcasamuppada from the End:
Paticcasamuppada Samsara is revolving all the time When there is Absence of Vipassana Meditation The Doctrine of Paticcasamuppada shown in Direct Way (Anuloma):
The Circling of Paticcasamuppada because of Avijja and Tanha at the source was the Root Cause: How to dismantle and break the spokes, Hubs, Axis, Wheel and Rim of Paticcasamuppada:
He who follows the Way of Paticcasamuppada follows the way of the Blind.: Paticcasamuppada in Reverse Order:
Sakkaya Ditthi: Its Cause and Consequences: Sakkaya Ditthi & How it Arises:
Vipassana Meditation The Importance of Cittanupassana:
How to Eliminate Micchaditthi: Sassata Ditthi - Uccheda Ditthi: How They can be Eliminated:
Cittanupassana (Contemplation on Mind): A Certain Puthujjana Monk and the Four Arahats:
Vedanakkhandha and Paticcasamuppada:

The Four Noble Truths

Ajahn Sumedho

The First Noble Truth

Suffering and Self-view
Denial of Suffering
Morality and Compassion
To Investigate Suffering
Pleasure and Displeasure
Insight in Situations

The Second Noble Truth

Three Kinds of Desire
Grasping is Suffering
Letting Go

The Third Noble Truth

The Truth of Impermanence
Mortality and Cessation
Allowing Things to Arise

The Fourth Noble Truth

Right Understanding
Right Aspiration
Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood
Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration
Aspects of Meditation
Rationality and Emotion
Things as They Are
The Eightfold Path as a Reflective Teaching


The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering

Bhikkhu Bodhi
I. The Way to the End of Suffering
II. Right View
III. Right Intentions
IV. Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood
V. Right Effort
VI. Right Mindfulness
VII. Right Concentration
VIII. The Development of Wisdom
Appendix: A Factorial Analysis of the Noble Eightfold Path
Recommended Readings
About the Author

One Foot in the World

Lily de Silva

A Layman's Happiness
The Mechanics of Bondage and Suffering
Understanding and Managing Stress
The Buddhist Attitude to Gain and Honor

Livelihood and Development
Facing Death Without Fear
The Human Body
Sensualistic Social Trends and Buddhism in Modern Times
About the Author

The Power of Mindfulness

Nyanaponika Thera

An Inquiry into the Scope of Bare Attentionand the Principal Sources of its Strength Introduction
Four Sources of Power in Bare Attention
The Functions of "Tidying" and "Naming"
Tidying Up the Mental Household
The Non-coercive Procedure
Obstacles to Meditation
Three Countermeasures
Stopping and Slowing Down

Keeping Still
Slowing Down
Subliminal Influences
Directness of Vision
The Force of Habit
Associative Thought
The Sense of Urgency
The Road to Insight
Further Reading

Practical Advice for Meditators

Bhikkhu Khantipalo

Two Streams in Meditation
Practical Advice for Meditators
Divine Abidings and their Perfection (Brahma-vihara)
Patience and its Perfection (Khanti-parami)

Energy and its Perfection (Viriya-parami)
Collectedness and its Perfection (Samadhi-parami)
Dangers to Meditation
Appendix: 40 Meditation Exercises

SASANA - Hard to Encounter

MyaungMya Sayadaw U Nyanika


What is sasana?
Protest of some disciples
The virtue of faculty restraint
The virtue of livelihood purification
The virtue dependent on requisites
The meaning of Dullabha
The value of monkhood
Bhikkhu's possessions
Bhikkhu's attitude towards their brethren
Bhikkhu's monastic life
The fundamental qualities necessary for a person to be ordained
Admission into the Order of the Holy Community

The development of meditation (Bhavana)
Why should the satipatthanas be developed
The development of loving-kindness (Metta Bhavana)
The method according to the Patisambhida discourse
Five hundred and twenty-eight Metta bhavana

The proceeding of the ordination ceremonyPatimokkha Samvarasita
The great mansion of the Buddha Sasana
The seven classes of offenses
The six causes of falling into offenses
The characteristic of a shameless one
Heavy offences (Parajika and Sanghadisesa)
The procedure concerning the robes
The procedure concerning the almsbowl
The procedure concerning seeds and fruits
Receiving edible things by hand
The important Sanghadisesa offenses
Nissaggiya Pacittiya (Expiation with forfeiture)
Suddha Pacittiya (Expiation without forfeiture)
Sekhiya (the rules for training)

The timetable for meditation practice

Systematic novitiation

Some ascetic practices (dhutanga)

What Buddhists Believe

Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda


Chapter 1 - Life and Nature of the Buddha

Gautama, the Buddha
His Renunciation
Nature of the Buddha
Was Buddha an Incarnation of God?
The Buddha's Service
Historical Evidence of the Buddha
Salvation Through Arahantahood
Attainment of Buddhahood
Trikaya - The Three Bodies of the Buddha

Chapter 2 - His Message

Message for All
Miraculous Power
The Buddha's Silence
The Buddha's Attitude Towards Worldly Knowledge
The Last Message of the Buddha

Chapter 3 - After the Buddha

Does the Buddha Exist After His Death?
A Successor to the Buddha
The Future Buddha


Chapter 4 - Timeless Truth of the Buddha
The Lion's Roar
What is Buddhism?
The Ultimate Truth
Two Main Schools of Buddhism

Chapter 5 - Basic Doctrines

Tri-Pitaka (or Tipitaka)
What is Abhidhamma?
Mind and Matter (Nama-Rupa)
Four Noble Truths
The Noble Eightfold Path - The Middle Way
Everything is Changeable
What is Kamma?
Law of Dependent Origination
Eternalism and Nihilism
Can the First Cause be Known
Is There an Eternal Soul?

Chapter 6 - Buddhism Vis-A-Vis Other Approaches

Is Buddhism Similar to Other Contemporary Teachings in India?
Is Buddhism a Theory or a Philosophy?
Is Buddhism Pessimistic?
Is Buddhism Atheistic?


Chapter 7 - Moral Foundation for Mankind What is the Purpose of Life?
Buddhism for Man in Society
The Buddhist Way of Life for Householders

Chapter 8 - Buddhist Morality and Practice

Buddhist Ethics
What is Vinaya?
Ten Meritorious and Ten Evil Actions
Real Charity
The Buddhist Attitude to Animal Life
The Need for Tolerance Today
Buddhist Funeral Rites

Chapter 9 - Dhamma and Ourselves as Refuge

Why We Take Refuge in the Buddha
No Self Surrender
No Sinners
Do It Yourself
Man is Responsible for Everything
Man is His Own Jailor
You Protect Yourself
How to Save Yourself

Chapter 10 - Prayer, Meditation and Religious Practices

Faith, Confidence and Devotion
The Meaning of Prayer
The Significance of Paritta Chanting
Are Buddhists Idol Worshippers?
Religious Significance of Fasting
The Moon and Religious Observances


Chapter 11 - Life and Culture
Traditions, Customs and Festivals
Buddhism and Women
Buddhism and Politics

Chapter 12 - Marriage, Birth Control and Death

Buddhist Views on Marriage
Birth Control, Abortion and Suicide
Why Does the World Population Increase?
Sex and Religion


Chapter 13 - Nature, Value and Choice of Religious Beliefs
Man and Religion
Which is the Proper Religion?
Moral and Spiritual Development
The God Idea
Changing of Religious Label Before Death
Short-cut to Paradise

Chapter 14 - Promoter of True Human Culture

Modern Religion
Religion in a Scientific Age
Religion of Freedom
Buddhist Missionaries

Chapter 15 - War and Peace

Why is There No Peace?
Can We Justify War?
Can a Buddhist Join the Army?
Mercy Killing


Chapter 16 - Realms of Existence

The Origin of the World
Other World Systems
The Buddhist Concept of Heaven and Hell
Belief in Deities (Devas)
Spirit World
The Significance of Transference of Merits to the Departed

Chapter 17 - Divination and Dreams

Astrology and Astronomy
Fortune-Telling and Charms
Consulting Mediums
Dreams and Their Significance
Faith Healing
Superstitions and Dogma

The Wings to Awakening: An Anthology from the Pali Canon

Bhikkhu Thanissaro, (1966)
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