Dhamma books, texts, and websites

There are many wonderful books on the dhamma, and many good sources for them. Here are a few.

All listings are in alphabetical order (in English language) and do not imply any ranking or preference.

Meditation: An Outline, by Ajahn Sucitto
A manual offering meditation guidance. Presenting practices that enhance awareness and calm, it is suitable for anyone interested in developing their inner life.
Free download as EPUB, MOBI, and PDF from Abhayagiri Paper copy can be ordered.
Also available: from our server as EPUB ~ MOBI ~ PDF on usb drive after retreat
Buddhist Meditation is Relaxing with the Truth, by Pema Chödrön
It is only when we begin to relax with ourselves as we are, that meditation becomes a transformative process. The pith instruction is, Stay. . . stay. . . just stay.
Web: article at LionsRoar.com
Also available: from our server as PDF on usb drive after retreat
On Meditation: Instructions from talks by Ajahn Chah
A collection of nine transcribed Dhamma talks given by Ajahn Chah to the lay community as well as to the monastic community in Thailand.
Web: WatPahNanachat.org ~ ForestSangha.org
Free download as PDF, EPUB, and MOBI from ForestSangha.org
Also available: from our server as EPUB ~ MOBI ~ PDF on usb drive after retreat as a small paperback booklet. We are sometimes able to provide this booklet at retreat.
Walking Meditation, instructions by Diana St Ruth
“Walking is a wonderful way of meditating. It brings one to the point of realising that meditation does not depend upon the position of the body. …”
Web: BuddhismNow.com – Short article, and eight-page PDF to download.
Download PDF directly: from BuddhismNow.com
Also available: from our server as PDF on usb drive after retreat
On Meditation, by Ajahn Traipitra Visityuthsart
A very clear and readable booklet for learning Samatha and Vipassanā meditation.
We are attempting to contact Ajahn Traipitra to get permission to provide the booklet on this website (24 may 2018).
What is Buddhism?, by Ajahn Chandako
The basics of Buddhism in 31 pages. A clear and concise overview of Buddhism and its core teachings; addresses many questions that people unfamiliar with or new to its teachings often raise.
Free download from Abhayagiri
Also available: from our server as PDF on usb drive after retreat
Without and Within: Questions and Answers on the Teachings of Theravāda Buddhism, by Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro
A beautiful (in visual design) and beautiful (in words) complete FAQ for Buddhism.
Free download from Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives (BIA) and from Abhayagiri
Also available: from our server as PDF on usb drive after retreat

Selected Buddhism books

Ajahn Sumedho Anthology
Five volumes of clear and inspiring writings, collected to honour the life and work of Ajahn Sumedho on his 80th Birthday, at ForestSangha.org
Volumes 1, 3, and 5 can be downloaded as EPUB, MOBI, and PDF: Volume 1 – Peace is a Simple Step ~ Volume 3 – Direct Realization ~ Volume 5 – The Wheel of Truth
All five volumes are also available in hardcover.
Vol 2 – Seeds of Understanding, and Vol 4 – The Sound of Silence, are not available in electronic format. “A printed copy can be collected from most of the Forest Sangha monasteries. Alternatively you can request it be posted to a UK mainland address.”
Also available: from our server as PDF files: Vol. 1Vol. 3Vol. 5 on usb drive after retreat
Many more wonderful wonderful books by Ajahn Sumedho are available free from ForestSangha.org
Books by Ajahn Jayasaro
More books by the author of Without and Within can be downloaded as EPUB, MOBI, and PDF, and all are also available as hardcover printed books. Free from ForestSangha.org
Tudong: The Long Road North, by Ajahn Amaro
An account of a tudong walk through England made in 1983 by Ajahn Amaro and Nick Scott.
Ajahn Amaro is the Abbott of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, 2010.
Web: BuddhismNow.com – Short article, and the Tudong book to download as PDF.
Download Tudong book PDF directly from BuddhismNow.com
Also available: from our server as PDF on usb drive after retreat

Other sources

Collections of books, audio, video, and more

Abhayagiri (Monastery in northern California, US)
Talks, reflections, and downloadable books of the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah.
Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives (BIA)
Audio, transcriptions, and eBooks by and about Buddhadasa Bikkhu; by Santikaro; works by many other Forest Tradition teachers; works by His Holiness Dalai Lama; Ajahn Jayasaro’s wonderful Without and Within
Buddhism Now e-books
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho, Buddhist art, The Tibetan Chan (Zen) Manuscripts, and more.
Buddhist Publishing Group – at Buddhism Now
The Buddhism Publishing Group has produced numerous books and booklets, and distributed over 110,000 free pamphlets, as well as run Buddhist workshops and retreats, and an annual Buddhist Summer School in Britain.
Forest Sangha International Forest Tradition Monasteries (NE Thailand)
Many books in many languages, and also calendars and chants, in the Theravada Buddhist Tradition of Ajahn Chah.
Books by Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Sucitto, Ajahn Jayasaro, and more, can be downloaded as EPUB, MOBI, and PDF, and some are also available in hardcover.
Wisdom Library – Buddhism Portal
“… place of knowledge and wisdom, but not of silence. Here you can find a large and ever expanding collection of Books, Articles, Essay’s, Hymns and much more. I will do my best to suit everyone with the best tools needed for extensive research on subjects such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Ancient History, Philosophy, Christianity etc…”

Website compendiums

Access To Insight
A multitude of scriptures, teachings, study guides, Tipitaka translations, and more.
Buddhism discussion at StackExchange
Many interesting questions and answers.
Eckhart Tolle
A fascinating teacher who does not use the word “buddhism” but whose findings and teachings mirror it.
Eckhart Tolle videos, books, and articles about meditation

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