Below are links to free downloads at your disposal on Buddhist teachings and practices, including books and talks by Buddhist authors and speakers, both monastics as well as lay practitioners. The list is updated as new content becomes available. Come back and enjoy.
What Buddhists Believe by K. Sri Dhammananda, a renowned Buddhist scholar, who was present at the First World Buddhist Conference, supporting a unifying view on the original teachings of the Buddha. PDF.
NEW In the Buddha’s Words – An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha) by Bhikku Bodhi. This landmark collection is the definitive introduction to the Buddha’s teachings – in his own words. The American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, whose voluminous translations have won widespread acclaim, presents selected discourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into ten thematic chapters, In the Buddha’s Words reveals the full scope of the Buddha’s discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the reader toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow. Free PDF
Without And Within by Ajahn Jayasaro, questions and answers on the teachings of Theravada Buddhism. Free online reference.
The Buddha and His Teachings by Narada Mahathera. A comprehensive resource on Buddha’s life and teachings. The English Dharma Group’s 4th Sunday talk is based on this book.
Mindfulness in Plain English by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana. With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Mindfulness in Plain English is one of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a timeless classic introduction to meditation. This is a book that people read, love, and share – a book that people talk about, write about, reflect on, and return to over and over again. PDF
Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana. In his classic and engaging style, Bhante Gunaratana delves deeply into the noble eightfold path, the Buddha’s most profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering. With easy-to-understand and specific advice, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness offers skillful ways to handle anger, find right livelihood, cultivate loving-friendliness, and overcome the mental hindrances that prevent happiness. PDF
Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond by Ajahn Brahm with a foreword by Jack Kornfield, a meditators handbook.
In This Very Life by Sayadaw U Pandita. The liberation teachings of the Buddha.
Autobiography of Phra Ajaan Lee, one of the foremost teachers in the Thai forest ascetic tradition of meditation founded at the turn of the twentieth century. Lee was the first to bring the ascetic tradition out of the forests of the Mekhong basin and into the mainstream of Thai society in central Thailand.
With Each & Every Breath – A Guide to Meditation by Ven. Thanissaro. A fundamental guidebook for breath meditation and practicing the jhanas. PDF
Various Dhamma Downloads. Thanissaro Bhikkhu of Metta Forest Monastery is the speaker, author and translator of many Dhamma talks and Buddhists writings.
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TED Talk – The Habits of Happiness by Matthieu Ricard. What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, the “happiest man in the world,” says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment. Click here to listen to Ricard’s talk.
Metta Song by Imee Ooi, a beautiful rendition of The Song of Metta in Pali with English and Pali lyrics.
Pema Chӧdrӧn – A conversation on attachment and living fearless. Listen to Pema, a notable Buddhist nun, author and teacher as she shares her wisdom and compassion with Oprah Winfrey based on her book When Things Fall Apart. Click for YouTube.