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Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:49 am
by BlackBird
Theravadin Resource Guide

The goal of the Theravadin Resource Guide is to produce an easy reference directory of Theravadin and Early Buddhism resources on the internet. Where there is practical application to the Theravadin practitioner, Mahayana based links will be included. It is the compiler's hopes that this resource will include many contributions by other members of the site and thus any bias on my part will be minimized, however it is inevitable that some bias towards resources will remain, and for that I apologise.

Please let me know if any links are dead, or have moved. Also if you feel there is a website that should be added to the Resource Guide, please just let me know here in this thread or via pm. The Resource guide will be periodically updated to include new websites and or fix/remove dead links.

Dhamma search engine
  • Google Saffron - Theravada search engine, searching Dhamma pages across the web for the information you need.
Tipitaka and Discourse
  • Access to Insight - Large collection of English translations of Suttas, and many essays from esteemed Buddhist writers.
  • Sutta Central - A fantastic site including collections of translations of Suttas, not just of the Pali Canon but also of the Chinese Agamas, Sanskrit and the Tibetan texts, of great interest is the inclusion of suggestion of parallels between Pali suttas and their Agama counterparts. Now includes access to the Vinaya pitakas.
  • Metta net - Includes a work in progress translation of the Tipitaka, articles by Buddhist writers and information on Sri Lankan Buddhism.
  • Wikipitaka - A wiki based work in progress translation of the Tipitaka, currently over 700 suttas have been translated.
  • - Online Burmese Tipitaka in Pali, various scripts, includes a very thorough exposition on "the gist" of the Tipitaka.
  • eTipitaka quotation - Well organised online Pali tipitaka of the 6th Buddhist council
  • Pali Text Society Translations downloads - Large parts of the Tipitaka available online, PTS translations
  • Buddha Vacana - Quite a number of suttas available translated from the pali, also resources for learning pali.
  • Pali - Another good translation project. Contains many suttas from the Canon translated by Ariya Zhong, Chris Burke & Alonso Martinez.
General Dhamma
  • Buddhanet - Buddhist information network, contains an e-library, info on meditation audio, magazine, and directory of Buddhist centres
  • Aimwell - The Association for Insight Meditation website is run by Venerable Bhikkhu Pesala, and contains all his own works free for reproduction, translations and expositions of several important suttas, as well as a variety of works by esteemed Mahasi lineage teachers. Bhante is currently transfering his content to a new website.
  • Beyond the Net - Beyond the net is another great site for resources, it has a lot of audio, e books, and teachings by various Sri Lankan monks, as well as some stuff by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi. Highly recommended
  • - Ven. Thanissaro's website - Don't let the name fool you, this website has much more than just Dhamma talks by Ven. Thanissaro, various ebooks are also available on site, including anthologies by Ven. Thanissaro, but also Dhamma talks by Forest Ajahns, various Ajahn [auto]biographies, the BMC (for ordained members) and a variety of other Dhamma related goodies. Thoroughly recommended.
  • - Burmese Buddhist mega site (in english, of course) contains a hefty lot of Dhamma related materials
  • Nibbanam Dhamma portal- Nibbanam is a resource portal, kind of similar to this, but an actual website with fancy javascript and all kinds of goodies including a great wee intro video with replete with gongs and chanting! You're bound to find a few things that are missing here, especially german resources.
  • Bhavana Society - Bhavana Society website, the home of Bhante G(unaratana). Many resources available here, including information on how to get to the centre, ordination, audio, ebooks - Including his well known title 'Mindfulness in Plain English', all sorts of good stuff!
  • Sadhu Dhamma directory - Sadhu Dhamma directory is a Dhamma directory run and maintained by Dhammawheel member Dmytro, he has worked hard to make the list very inclusive, and it has many good links that are not yet available here, so it is well worth checking out.

Specific Dhamma
  • The Nibbana Sermons - Venerable Nyanananda's revolutionary Nibbana Sermons have struck a chord with Theravadin practitioners across the globe, receiving praise at large - especially here at Dhamma Wheel.
  • Forest Sangha Publications - Forest Sangha Publications are dedicated to the free distribution of Ajahn Chah and disciples teachings, you can access audio and ebooks on site, or request to be sent out hard copies to your address.
  • Nanavira Thera Dhamma page - An existential approach to the Dhamma. Ven. Nyanavira was an English monk who lived in Sri Lanka, he wrote a book entitled Notes on Dhamma which he intended to provide certain clarifications on the Suttas, especially because he considered the commentarial 'Mahavihara' tradition to have made some serious errors in their interpretations of important doctrinal points such as Paticcasamupada and Sankhara. It is certainly an interesting and rewarding read for those who are intrigued by different approaches to Dependent Origination than the commentarial edition, the website has recently received an huge overhaul.
  • Path Press blog/website -Website and blog of the Path Press, established by Samanera Bodhesako as an organisation to disseminate the writings of Ven. Nyanavira Thera, it has since grown into a vehicle for the Nyanavirian message, the website contains various essays, articles a few translations of Suttas e.g. the Atthakavaga of the Sutta Nipata, Ven. Nyanamoli Thera's original draft of his Majjhima Nikaya translation and also (and quite importantly) the writings of Ven. Samanera Bodhesako.
  • Ian Andrew's recommendations and reading list - Dhamma Wheel member IanAnd gives us an important list of doctrinal points and Dhamma books to further one's understanding.
  • Michael Kewley's Dhamma site - Dhamma-site of teacher Michael Kewley, includes audio, video and a good bio

Dhamma E-books
  • What-Buddha-Taught - Extensive collection of e books from contemporary meditation masters and Dhamma teachers
  • BuddhaSasana - Hidden in the recesses of Buddhanet is this hefty collection of articles and e-books on Dhamma and meditation, well deserved of it's own description.
  • Buddhist Publication Society - Well known and highly regarded, the Buddhist Publication Society founded in 1958 has been a bastion of light in producing Buddhist texts for the world at large, the website has a broad library of online reading material available including much of their 'The Wheel' and 'Bodhi leaves' Buddhist Journals.
  • Forest Dhamma books - E-library of the writings of Luang Por Maha Boowa
  • Santipada - A collection of Bhante Sujato's books available for download in epub/pdf or order of paperback.
  • Holybooks - Buddhism -Holybooks is an ebook repository and has a decent Buddhism section.
Dhamma audio
  • Dharma Seed - Dharma seed has been around since the 1980's providing talks by way of tapes and cds, with the advent of the internet they have brought a vast amount of Dhamma talks online, specializing in Vipassana.
  • - A large collection of talks given by various teachers within the Thai Forest tradition in the Ajahn Chah lineage
  • Buddhist Society of Western Australia - The BSWA has an abundant supply of Dhammatalks given by Ajahn Brahmavamso and fellow monks and nuns residing at Bodhinyana and Dhammasara forest monasteries
  • Audiodharma - Talks given by Gil Fronsdal, and guest speakers at the Insight meditation centre in Redwood City, California
  • Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu @ - A website dedicated to talks given by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu, also includes books and essays
  • Birken collection - Birken Forest Monastery are maintaining a collection of over 3000 Dhamma talks (over 45gb) available for download at their website
  • Dhammaweb - Site featuring talks from the Burmese and Thai traditions, many in Burmese, but also many in English, good source of some hard to find talks.
  • Bhavana Society - Talks given by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (of Mindfulness in plain English renown)
  • Aruno - Talks given by Ajahn Munindo, Ajahn Abhinando and Ajahn Puñño from Aruna Ratanagiri
  • Introduction to Buddhism - Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi delivers 10 lectures as an introduction to Buddhism
  • Majjhima Nikaya lectures - Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi delivers lectures on the Majjhima Nikaya (the middle length discourses) of the Pali Canon.
  • Ayya Khema Dhamma talks - Talks by the wonderful Ayya Khema. She is a brilliant orator, and her talks are available on the website for download, including a torrent for the entire 7.6 gigs of the site.
  • Bhavana Society's Dhamma talks - Talks given at the Bhavana Society. Many talks by Bhante Gunaratana of 'Mindfulness in plain english' fame.

  • Dhammatube - Dhammatube has an wide range of Dhamma-video available for viewing on Youtube, Google video and Veoh.
  • Dhammaweb video database - In a similar refrain to their audio section, Dhammaweb bring a collection of Dhamma videos from various speakers.
  • BBC: The Life of the Buddha - An inspiring documentary on the early life of the Buddha by the BBC.
Important Dhamma-wheel topics Dhamma encyclopedias and wikipedia pages of note News and Journalism
  • Buddhist - The Buddhist Channel is a news source website for news articles that relate to Buddhism or present news stories from a Buddhist angle.
  • Tricycle - Tricycle is perhaps one of the most well known Buddhist publications, bringing you all manner of articles on faith and practice, and life in general from both Mahayanic and Theravadin perspectives.
  • The Buddha Dharma Quarterly - The Buddha Dharma is the online edition of the quarterly magazine produced by Shambala (Tibetan) but intended for a general Buddhist audience, while many articles are written from a Mahayana perspective there is quite a lot of valuable general Buddhist content contained within.
Dhamma Apps for Android & iOS
  • Insight Timer (Android - Free version), Insight Timer (Apple iOS - Free version) - Insight Timer is a great app for using while meditating, it has some beautiful bell sounds to start and end the session, and there can be interval bells too the time and length of which you can adjust for each. It is very multifaceted, collecting metrics on your meditation sessions e.g. graphs on time over days, weeks, months. Longest time spent meditating, average session length etc. It also has a social aspect, one which a number of us here at DW use.
  • Access To Insight (Android), Access To Insight (Apple iOS) - Access To Insight comes to your mobile device in offline mode, allowing you to access all of the Sutta translations, articles, essays and books available on the website using your Android or iOS device. A Brilliant app for when you've run out of data or outside the range of a wifi point.
  • Buddhist chant 1 (Android) - This App has Pali Sutta chanting, 17 in all, includes the text with the audio so you can chant along too. Contains all the common Pujas, no parittas as of yet it would seem, see the link for full list.
Dhamma blogs
  • Theravadin - Blog by an anonymous practitioner, a lot of good stuff crops up here
  • Sujato's Blog - Venerable Sujato's blog, posts on reform of Theravada and Bhikkhuni ordination
  • Bhikkhu's blog - Blog by Ajahn Punnadhammo, covers a wide range of issues
  • Path press blog - Blog of the Path Press, includes the writings of Ven. Nanavira Thera, Ven. Bodhisako and Sister Vajira.
  • Dhamma Musings - Blog of Ven. Shravasti Dhammika, a long standing and well known monk, he is an author of serveral books on Buddhism.
  • Genkaku again - Adam Genkaku Fisher's blog, Dhammawheel member and Zen practitioner since ages ago.
  • Jayarava's Raves - Jayarava is a member of the Triratna Buddhist order (formerly FWBO) he has knowledge of pali, and a very strong interest in Dhamma, especially with how it fits into our modern world.

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:52 am
by BlackBird
Righto, lest my browser crash, i'm posting what I've done so far, will revise again soon.

To add:
- General Dhamma sites eg. Buddhanet, Aimwell, Nibbanadotnet
- Specialist Dhamma sites eg. Nibbana Sermons, Pathpress etc
- Important blogs eg. Theravadin
- Discussion sites
- Misc


Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:54 pm
by Laurens
Nice work :) - there's some audio teachings there too, if you wanted to add it to the list?

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:46 pm
by appicchato
Looking very good Jack... :thumbsup:

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:43 pm
by DNS
May I suggest, also:

General Dhamma and Encyclopedias
  • Dhamma Wiki - Theravada Buddhist encyclopedia with over 10,000 articles and links.
  • Buddhism A to Z - A Buddhist encyclopedia with over 500 entries by Ven. Dhammika, focusing on the Pali Canon and early teachings of Buddhism.

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:07 pm
by Laurens - "a portal page to the communities associated with Ven. Ajahn Chah"


Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:22 pm
by BlackBird
Sounds good, will set a side an hour after I get home from work tonight.

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:24 am
by Assaji
Hi Jack,

Thank you! I've used your description for one new link at Sadhu! directory.

Metta, Dmytro

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:18 pm
by Laurens
Just as a random useful thing: - An online meditation timer which you can set to go off after 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 45 or 60 minutes

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:36 pm
by Ben
Nice work jack!

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:46 pm
by IanAnd
NIce thread, Blackbird.

I've posted the following on two different forums to help direct people to relevant readings that may help them begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Perhaps some here will benefit also from this reading list.

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Apropos of some recent posts here in question of explanations about the Dhamma, I thought to put together a brief reading list of books which might help the poor old sod struggling to make out what the Dhamma is teaching, despite all the complex archaic commentarial literature there is to read and to figure out.

At one point in my training, I came to the "realization" that reading and contemplating anything other than the direct words of the Buddha (read that as: books other than the translations of the Pali canon) was for me at that time a waste of my time. I therefore put down any outside reading I was then doing and shifted my focus to the discourses of the Buddha. What I had realized was that I really had no way of verifying what others (in their books and essays) were espousing that the Buddha taught because I hadn't yet finished reading the discourses themselves. There were questions that I had which were cleared up during the course of that exercise in reading and contemplation of the discourses, as well as other questions which resulted (arose) from that same reading. I've spent a great deal of time in study, contemplation, and observation of my own practice experience in getting to the point I'm at today, and it hasn't always been an easy or smooth journey. What I can say, though, is that if one has a practice in meditation and is willing to wade through all the discourses and a few modern commentarial books, one stands a chance of being able to begin making some sense of this thing called the Dhamma.

It took a good two years to go through the Digha Nikaya, Majjhima Nikaya, and the anthology of the Anguttara Nikaya that I had obtained. It took over a year to undertake and complete a reading of the Samyutta Nikaya, which is some 2000 pages in Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation, including stopping to read and understand the relevant footnotes in each of these volumes, of which there are many. This may look and sound like some kind of Chinese torture test, until one realizes that there actually is some light at the end of the tunnel waiting for one to discover it. All that reading, study, contemplation, and meditation eventually paid off, because I was able to say at the end of it all that I had read and understood from my own experience of it what the Buddha taught according to its presentation in the Theravada tradition, which I believe to be the closest to the original teachings as they were spoken.

The main teachings to focus on coming to understand and realize are the following:

1. The Four Noble Truths

2. The Noble Eightfold Path

3. The Five Aggregates (this is especially important for insight into beginning to understand the teaching of anatta)

4. The Three Characteristics of Existence (also known as the tilakkhana or anicca, dukkha, and anatta)

5. Dependent Co-Arising (or Dependent Origination — paticca-samuppada)

Other important teachings to become aware of during the course of practice include:

1. The Five Hindrances (especially as they pertain to meditation — sensuous lust, aversion and ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and worry, and skeptical doubt)

2. The Seven Factors of Enlightenment (these also as they pertain to the meditation technology — of mindfulness, investigation of states, energy, rapture, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity)

3. The Five Spiritual Faculties (the Indriyas — of faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom)

4. The Ten Fetters of Existence (as they relate to the path and the fruit of the path: self delusion, doubt, clinging to ritual and observances, sensuous lust, ill will, greed for fine material existence, greed for immaterial existence, conceit, restlessness, and ignorance)

As for the books themselves, the four main Nikayas are as follows:

The Long Discourses of the Buddha, The Digha Nikaya, trans. by Maurice Walshe.

The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, The Majjhima Nikaya, trans. by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi.

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha, An Anthology of Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya, translated and edited by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi.

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, The Samyutta Nikaya, trans. by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Select volumes from the Khuddhaka Nikaya (The Shorter Collection of Discourses) which can be very helpful to understanding are:

The Udana & The Itivuttaka, trans. by John D. Ireland

The Sutta Nipata, trans. by H. Saddhatissa

The Dhammapada, trans. by Narada Thera

Other modern commentarial books include:

The Great Discourse on Causation, The Mahanidana Sutta and Its Commentaries, Introduction and translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The All-Embracing Net of Views, The Brahmajala Sutta and Its Commentaries, Introduction and translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Root of Existence, The Mulapariyaya Sutta and Its Commentaries, Introduction and translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Noble Eightfold Path, Way to the End of Suffering, by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Concept and Reality in Early Buddhist Thought, by Bhikkhu Nanananda

The Magic of the Mind, An Exposition of the Kalakarama Sutta, by Bhikkhu Nanananda

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, by Nyanaponika Thera

Satipatthana, The Direct Path to Realization, by Ven. Analayo

What the Buddha Taught, by Walpola Rahula

For some insightful scholarly and academic books, the first three listed here are very helpful in understanding about the aggregates and anatta:

The Five Aggregates: Understanding Theravada Psychology and Soteriology, by Mathieu Boisvert. Also can be found here when in stock.

Identity and Experience, The Constitution of the Human being According to early Buddhism, by Sue Hamilton

Selfless Persons, by Steven Collins

How Buddhism Began, The Conditioned Genesis of the Early Teachings, by Richard Gombrich

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:47 pm
by BlackBird
Thank you Ian, always enjoy reading your posts. I'll link this post to the OP, in case viewers don't read down this far :)

Also hope to get a bit of a blogroll section going today, just got a bit of work to do first.

Edit: Just spend the last half hour on an update, hit ctrl+r instead of ctrl+t and lost everything... I'm never using IE again, from now on it's SRware Iron all the way :D


Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:54 am
by Cittasanto
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Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:47 pm
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spme pali chanting resourses

Re: Theravadin Resource guide

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:39 pm
by Kim OHara
BlackBird wrote: Edit: Just spend the last half hour on an update, hit ctrl+r instead of ctrl+t and lost everything... I'm never using IE again, from now on it's SRware Iron all the way :D
I have never had a high opinion of Microsoft software (not since first working on a Mac, anyway), so I'm with you on that.
Firefox is probably the way to go for a browser, though Opera has its fans, too. No problems at all.
If you want to go really radical for the New Year, download OpenOffice and say 'bye, bye' to Word, Excel and the rest. :thinking:
OpenOffice works very well but there is are occasional problems exchanging documents with the rest of the world.
If you want to go really really radical for the New Year, get Linux and say 'bye, bye' to Windows as well. :thinking: :thinking:
But it's good to have a friend nearby who has already done it. :tongue: