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Reading Theravada Buddhism

Access to Insight: Readings in Theravada Buddhism

The non-doing of any evil,
the performance of what’s skillful,
the cleansing of one’s own mind:
this is the teaching
of the Awakened. 

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Think Like a Thief, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
When problems arise in Dhamma practice, it pays to be imaginative and know how to come up with your own solution.


Sattadhatu Sutta: Seven Properties (SN 14.11), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
An alternative way of looking at the stages of concentration practice
Bhāva Sutta: Becoming (1) (AN 3.76), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
The three levels on which becoming(bhāva) operates, in relation to consciousness.
Bhāva Sutta: Becoming (2) (AN 3.77), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
The three levels on which becoming(bhāva) operates, in relation to intention.
Bala Sutta: Strengths (AN 8.28), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
The eight strengths enjoyed by the awakened mind.


In Simple Terms: 108 Dhamma Similes, by Ajahn Chah, translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
A marvelous collection of Dhamma similes from one of the Thai forest tradition’s great teachers.


In this book the author examines the nature of dependent co-arising (paticca samuppada) — the complex causal structure by which dukkha arises and ceases. It also shows how the factors of the path address the causes of suffering in a way that leads to its cessation. (PDF only) [PDF icon]


Introducing Buddhism, by Venerable Dr. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera and Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes).
Originally published in 1988 to accompany the London Buddhist Society’s Introducing Buddhism course, this book provides an outline of the history and basic teachings of Theravada Buddhism. Also includes a bibliography and glossary of Pali terms. (PDF only) [PDF icon]


Devadatta Sutta: About Devadatta (AN 8.7), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
On the hazards of allowing the mind to get caught up in the worldly ups and down of life (the eight ‘untrue dhammas’)
Uttara Sutta: About Uttara (AN 8.8), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Sakka, the king of the devas, repeats the Buddha’s teaching on the eight ‘untrue dhammas’ for the benefit of Ven. Uttara.
Nanda Sutta: About Nanda (AN 8.9), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Ven. Nanda sets a good example of how to take care of the mind.
Samatha Sutta: With Regard to Tranquility (AN 10.54), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
More on how to read your own mind.

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