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Traditional Authors

BurmaSagain Steven (96) copyTitle:  The Word of the Buddha
Author:  Venerable Nyanatiloka Mahathera
The first strictly systematic exposition of all the main tenets of Buddhism as found in the Sutta Pitaka.

Title:  The Great Discourse on the Turning of the Wheel of Dhamma
Author:  Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw
Mahasi Sayadaw’s global treatise on some of the main teachings of the Buddha.

Title:  In This Very Life
Author:  Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita
Sayadaw U Pandita’s teachings on achieving enlightenment in the present life.

Title:  The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Author:  Venerable Sayadaw U Silananda
A discussion of the four foci of mindfulness.

HIMCmakaiview Title:  The Dhammapada
Author:  translated by Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maitreya
Often considered the most representative example of the Buddha’s teachings, and a key to the fundamentals of early Buddhist philosophy.

Title:  In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon
Author:  Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi
The American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi here presents selected discourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the reader toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

Contemporary Authors

IMG_5767Title:  The Issue at Hand Author:
Gil Fronsdal A very approachable book of short essays on various aspects of practice.

Title:  A Heart Full of Peace
Author:  Joseph Goldstein

Title:  Insight Meditation- The Practice of Freedom
Author:  Joseph Goldstein

Title:  Living Meditation, Living Insight
Author:  Dr. Thynn Thynn
Discusses mindfulness in daily life; very useful for life “off the cushion.”

Title:  Mindfulness in Plain English
Author:  Venerable Henepola Gunaratana
A very practical exposition on the practice of Buddhist Meditation.


Title:  The Best Buddhist Writing
An annual collection on a variety of subjects by authors ranging from Thich Nhat Hanh to Natalie Goldberg.

Title:  How Can I Help
Author:  Ram Dass and Paul Gorman
Deals with practical aspects related to service.

Title:  Knee Deep in Grace: The Extraordinary Life and Teaching of Dipa Ma
Author:  Amy Schmidt
Wonderfully inspiring book for us ordinary people who want to practice within the householder/home life.

Online Resources


Title:  Dictionary of BuddhismIMG_3703
Author:  Damian Keown
Scholarly dictionary of Buddhist terminology.

Title:  A Pali English Glossary of Buddhist Technical Terms
Author:  Compiled by Venerable Bhikkhu Nanamoli
A dictionary of translation from Pali to English; it does not cover English to Pali.

On the Lighter Side

Title:  Buddhism for Dummies
Author:  Joseph Landaw and Stephan Bodian
Good, quick, cursory snapshots.

Title:  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mindfulness
Author:  Anne Ihnen and Carolyn Flynn