Nikāyas Wisdom

Selfless Persons

Steven Collins

This book explains the Buddhist doctrine of annattá ("not-self"), which denies the existence of any self, soul, or enduring essence in man. The author relates this doctrine to its cultural and historical context, particularly to its Brahman background. He shows how the Theravada Buddhist tradition has constructed a philosophical and psychological account of personal identity on the apparently impossible basis of the denial of self. Although the emphasis of the book is firmly philosophical, Dr.

Buddhist Manuscript Cultures

Stephen C. Berkwitz (Editor), Juliane Schober (Editor), Claudia Brown (Editor)

Buddhist Manuscript Cultures explores how religious and cultural practices in premodern Asia were shaped by literary and artistic traditions as well as by Buddhist material culture. This study of Buddhist texts focuses on the significance of their material forms rather than their doctrinal contents, and examines how and why they were made.

Plants in Early Buddhism and the Far Eastern Idea of the Buddha-Nature of Grasses and Trees

Lambert Schmithausen

As is well known, in the course of doctrinal consolidation, Indian Buddhist thinkers, or at any rate non-Tantric Indian Buddhist thinkers, in contrast to the Jains and a strong current of Hindu thought,l came to regard plants (and seeds) as insentient beings, not participating in the process of reiterated individual rebirth . This does not necessarily exclude that plants are somehow recognized as living things in the context of everyday conceptions.

Can Humanity Change?

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Many have considered Buddhism to be the religion closest in spirit to J. Krishnamurti's spiritual teaching—even though the great teacher was famous for urging students to seek truth outside organized religion. This record of a historic encounter between Krishnamurti and a group of Buddhist scholars provides a unique opportunity to see what the great teacher had to say himself about Buddhist teachings. The conversations, which took place in London in the late 1970s, focused on human consciousness and its potential for transformation.

Embodying the Dharma

David Germano and Kevin Trainor

Embodying the Dharma explores the centrality of relic veneration in Asian Buddhist cultures. Long disregarded by Western scholars as a superstitious practice reflecting the popularization of "original" Buddhism, relic veneration has emerged as a topic of vital interest in the last two decades with the increased attention to Buddhist ritual practice and material culture. This volume includes studies of relic traditions in India, Japan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, as well as broader comparative analyses, including comparisons of Buddhist and Christian relic veneration.

Basic Buddhist Psychology

Rahu Sarath Chandra

Chapter 1 The Primary Role of the Senses
Chapter 2 Consciousness as the Core of the Mind
Chapter 3 The Seven Common Mental Formations
Chapter 4 The Six Optional Common Mental Formations
Chapter 5 The Fourteen Unwholesome Mental States
Chapter 6 The Twenty Five Wholesome Mental States
Chapter 7 The Analysis of a Thought and the Thinking Process
Chapter 8 The Significance of Perceptions
Chapter 9 The Methods of Managing Perceptions
Chapter 10 Memory and Related Processes

Admirable Friendship


Kalyāṇa-mittatā (Pali; Skt.: -mitratā) is a Buddhist concept of "spiritual friendship" within Buddhist community life, applicable to both monastic and householder relationships. One involved in such a relationship is known as a "good friend," "virtuous friend," "noble friend" or "admirable friend" (kalyāṇa mitta, -mitra).

As he was sitting there, Ven. Ananda said to the Blessed One,
“This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie.”


Professor Dharmavihari Thera

This book has gained a scholarly recognition for its critical examination and explanation on Man, Religion, Society and Governance in Buddhism.

Writings on the Dharma in this collection are classified under four headings: Man, Religion, Society and Governance. It is observed that all Buddhist studies are centre on the problem of the humans, referred to by the Buddha himself under the name ayam loko.

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization

Bhikkhu Analayo

There are several good books on The Four Foundations of Mindfulness but Analayo's recent work is among the most thoroughly rendered. The form of meditation discussed in this work is generally known these days as 'mindfulness' meditation, or in other circles as 'vipassana' (often translated 'Insight' meditation). Analayo has written a wonderful treatise on this ancient form of Buddhist (or perhaps pre-Buddhist, as you'll see) form of practice.

This book is highly recommended to novices and advanced meditator.

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This much-anticipated volume contains a full translation from the Pali of the Anguttara Nikaya, the fourth collection of the canonical discourses of the Buddha. The primary focus of the Anguttara Nikaya is practice, which it treats from a wide-angle perspective, advancing from basic ethical observances, through the pillars of mind training, to the highest meditative attainments. The Anguttara is also distinguished among the Nikayas by its interest in types of persons, which it describes in detail and with memorable similes.

The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

Translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi

This thoughtfully translated and organized volume is the cornerstone of any Buddhist library. The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha is a companion to the equally essential The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, The Long Discourses of the Buddha, and the 2005 anthology of Discourses of the Buddha. The 152 discourses of this major collection combine a rich variety of contextual settings with deep and comprehensive teachings.

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha

Transalted from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha is a complete translation of the Samyutta Nikaya -- the third great collection of the Buddha's discourses preserved in the Pali Canon -- containing all of the important short suttas on such major topics as the Four Noble Truths, dependent origination, and the Noble Eightfold Path. The Connected Discourses ranks as one of the most inspiring and indispensable.