Early Buddhism

The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction

Michael Carrithers

In this valuable introduction, Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give us about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance.

A Popular Dictionary of Buddhism


A dictionary and a glossary of terms plus brief biographies of eminent Buddhists and scholars from both East and West.

THIS work is presented as a Popular Buddhist Dictionary. As such it is a compromise
between a true Dictionary, which is largely concerned with derivations and synonyms,
and an Encyclopaedia, which sets out a few terms at considerable length.

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.

Early History of the Spread of Buddhism and the Buddhist Schools

Nalinaksha Dutt

Mr. Dutt's work is a compendium where all information connected with the progress of Buddha's work is available in a well-ordered form. Such a work, the details of which have been laboriously collected from the Buddhist scriptures and arranged in such a way as to enable one to see the large masses of details about Buddha's career in their logical and chronological relations, has certainly a great value not only for scholars but for ordinary readers interested in the history of the spread of Buddhism. This generally is the matter that forms the first part of this treatise.

History of Buddhism in Ceylon

Walpola Rahula

Chapter I. The Indian Background
II. Pre-Buddhist Ceylon I: Social Conditions
III. Pre-Buddhist Ceylon II: Religious Conditions
IV. The Establishment of Buddhism
V. Buddhism as State Religion
VI. Years of Development – I
VII. Years of Development – II
VIII. The Monastery I: Its Structure
IX. The Monastery II: Its Administration
X. The Monastic Life I: Its Developments
XI. The Monastic Life II: Its Activities
XII. The Monastic Life III: Its Ascetic Ideal
XIII. Arahants in Ceylon

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.

Buddhist Economic Philosophy

Dr. Dharmasena Hettiarachchi

"It is no secret that the whole world is faced with an economic crisis, and this is so irrespective of the fact that whether the countries are developed or under-developed. On the face of this crises, the validity of traditional economic theories are being constantly challenged. The question, whether one should follow the socialist economic system or the capitalist economic system, has now become redundant. The experiences we have had, during the last century or so, have clearly shown that both these systems have failed to deliver the goods.

The Theravāda Abhidhamma

Prof. Y. Karunadasa

"The author, Professor Y. Karunadasa, is the ideal person to write such a work. He is perhaps the most erudite Sri Lankan scholar of Abhidhamma who combines breadth of learning with fluency in the English language. He is acquainted with almost the entire body of Abhidhamma literature in both Pali and Sinhala, as well as by contemporary Sri Lankan expositors of Abhidhamma. He knows the Sarvastivada Abhidharma and thus can draw comparisons between the Theravadin and Sarvastivadin systems.

Buddhist Parables

Eugene Watson Burlingame

This volume contains over 200 similes, allegories, parables, fables and other illustrative stories and anecdotes found in the Pali Buddhist texts and said to have been employed, either by the Buddha himself or his followers, to convey religious and ethical lessons and the lessons of common sense. The book should prove to be of interest to children and its contents should also prove thought provoking to the profoundest philosopher.

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 Concept of Mind in Early Buddhism

Dickwela Piyananda

The early Buddhist concept of mind is a subject that has not yet been satisfactorily studied by any modern scholar. The present Work of the writer is an attempt to fulfill that" need. His interest is to find satisfactory answers to his quest on the two questions. 'what is mind.' and 'what are its exhaustive functions" according to the teachings of the Buddha. The word of the Buddha is generally regarded to have been collected in the thirty-two volumes of the Tipitaka. But the Pali scholars of the West"aswell as of the East have been able to see t!lat all.

Buddhism for busy people

Michie, David

What does it take to be happy? We've all asked ourselves this question at some point, but few of us have found the path to lasting fulfillment. David Michie thought he had achieved his life's goals--the high-level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, the great vacations--but a small voice was telling him he wasn't really happy. A chance remark from a naturopath sent him to his local Buddhist center. There he began the most important journey of his life. In this simple but beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism

Gary Gach

Gary Gach is like that teacher you always wanted--easygoing, full of information, able to communicate in humorous and meaningful ways, and a little bit wacky. So he's the perfect author for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism. In this trademark easy-to-read format, Gach introduces us to a very human Buddha, along with the rules for living that make a Buddhist a Buddhist. In addition to the various kinds of meditation, he shows us how to meditate at meals and be aware of the interconnections in life.

The Psychology of Dependent Origination

Sanjoy Barua Chowdhury

The Psychology of Dependent OriginationThis qualitative research is an attempt to examine the psychological connection to the central Buddhist teaching Dependent Origination through a deepened investigation into its psychological and practical aspects. This study further delves into the psychoanalysis of the third link, consciousness, revealing its active function that is related to almost all constituents of the law of causation, along with an evolving psychoanalysis of all mental phenomena.