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ABC 1982 Small.JPG ❖ A,B,C OF BUDDHISM ❖

The A, B, C of Buddhism by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Being "The A, B, C of Buddhism," a talk in English on 14 October 1982 at Suan Mokkh, "The Meditative Development of Mindfulness of Breathing," a lecture on 13 August 1972, and "The Discourse on Mindfulness of Breathing: Ānāpānasati Sutta," translated from the Pāli by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Edited and translated from the Thai by Stephen Schmidt. First published by the Sublime Life Mission, Bangkok, 1982.

« The brief talk was delivered in English and video-taped for possible use with English speaking audiences who did not have the opportunity of coming to Suan Moke and hearing the Venerable Buddhadāsa speak in person. That the Venerable Buddhadāsa agreed to try to deliver an English-language, video-taped Dharma talk is an example of his own compassion for others and his zeal in trying to expound the Dharma. » (Transcriber's Foreword)

[Available at the Dhammadāna Foundation, Chaiya, Surat Thani, and at the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives, Bangkok.]

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Buddhas doctrine of anatta 2002 Small.JPG ❖ BUDDHA'S DOCTRINE OF ANATTĀ ❖

The Buddha’s Doctrine of Anattā by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. A text written on Visākhapujā Day, 1939, and originally published in the Dhammadāna Group's journal, Buddhasāsanā. Translated from the Thai (อนัตตาของพระพุทธเจ้า) by Mongkol Dejnakarintra, et al. First published by The Dhamma Study & Practice Group, Bangkok, 1990. 

« Than Achan also advised: "This book will make people understand better the word 'anattā' (not-self) as meant by the Buddha, since there have been too many doctrines which are so ambiguous as to confuse people in general... This means that the 'self' we perceive is a borrowed one, but we must treat it rightly in order to benefit from it. Otherwise, it will bite us. Eventually, attachment to self in everything will naturally be eliminated. So try your best to have 'self' that is not self." » (Preface to the English Edition)

[Available at the Dhammadāna Foundation, Chaiya, Surat Thani, and at the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives, Bangkok.]

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Christianity and buddhism xxxx Small.jpg ❖ CHRISTANITY AND BUDDHISM ❖

Christianity and Buddhism (Sinclaire Thompson Memorial Lecture Fifth Series) by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Three lectures ("Christianity and Buddhism," "Father, Son and Holy Spirit," and "Redemption and Consummation") at the Sinclair Thompson Memorial on 18-20 February 1967 in Chiang MaiTranslated from the Thai by Venerable Punno, B. Siamwala, & Hajji Prayoon. First published by the Sublime Life Mission, Bangkok, 1968.

« I am pleased to deliver the... Lectures...  for it will help create an atmosphere of mutual understanding among the followers of both Christianity and Buddhism, and also make people understand their respective religions at the same time, for the audience here is both Buddhist and Christian. Every human being, on matter to what country he belongs, or what language he speaks, or what religion he professes, has but one universal problem, namely, overcoming evil or mental impurity or defilements... » (Introduction by the Author)

[Available at the Dhammadāna Foundation, Chaiya, Surat Thani, and at the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives, Bangkok.]

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First ten years of suan mokkh 2005 Small.JPG ❖ FIRST TEN YEARS OF SUAN MOKKH ❖

The First Ten Years of Suan Mokkh by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. A text written on 27 October 1943 and originally published in Buddhasāsanā journal. Translated from the Thai by Mongkol Dejnakarintra. First published by The Dhamma Study & Practice Group, Bangkok, 1990. 

« ...As was mentioned in its Thai edition of 1989, this inspiring work of Achan Buddhadāsa's describes the formative years of his forest monastery, Suan Mokkh, in Chaiya, Surat Thani, Thailand, and the movement under his leadership; it is both linguistically and descriptively well written in Thai and is accepted as an excellent Thai essay of the present time. In this English translation, we tried our best to convey accurately the meanings of the Venerable Achan's original words... » (Preface to the English Edition)

[Available at the Dhammadāna Foundation, Chaiya, Surat Thani, and at the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives, Bangkok.]

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Handbook for mankind 2005 Small.jpg ❖ HANDBOOK FOR MANKIND ❖

Handbook for Mankind by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. Being "Handbook for Mankind," a series of lectures to prospective judges given in 1956, "Why were We Born?," a lecture delivered at Suan Mokkh on 21 & 28 July 1965, and "Another Kind of Birth," a lecture delivered in Patthalung Province on 16 July 1969. Translated from the Thai by Ariyananda Bhikkhu (Roderick Bucknell).

« The Ven. Buddhadāsa is well known for the readiness with which he gives non-literal interpretations to the Buddhist texts. Giving more weight to meditative experience and everyday observation than to philology, he finds meaning in many otherwise obscure points of doctrine. He does not hesitate to reject as naive a word-for-word interpretation that has no bearing in real life. Particularly valuable in the present work are the author's thoughts on samsara, karma, and re-birth... » (Foreword)

[Available at the Dhammadāna Foundation, Chaiya, Surat Thani, and at the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives, Bangkok.]

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Heart-wood from the bo tree 2005 Small.JPG ❖ HEART-WOOD FROM THE BO TREE ❖

Heart-wood from the Bo Tree by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Three talks ("The Heart of Buddhism," "All About Voidness," and "Practicing With Voidness") given to the Dhamma study group at Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, on 17 December 1961, 7 & 21 January 1962. Translated from the Thai (แก่นพุทธศาสน์) by Dhammavicayo. First published by the Suan Usom Foundation, Bangkok, 1983.

« In these talks the Ven. Ajaan proposes that the 'heart-wood' or the pith or essence of the Buddhist Teachings is the practice of non-clinging, the dwelling with a mind empty of the feeling of 'I' and 'mine'. He masterfully shows how this practice may be  developed and how taking emptiness as the fundamental principle one has a wonderful tool to understand and make use of every one of the many concepts and skilful means that lie within the Buddhist tradition... » (Foreword)

[Available at the Dhammadāna Foundation, Chaiya, Surat Thani, and at the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives, Bangkok.]

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Heartwood of the bodhi tree 2014.JPG ❖ HEARTWOOD OF THE BODHI TREE ❖

Heartwood of the Bodhi tree: The Buddha's Teaching on Voidness by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. Three talks ("The Heart of Buddhism," "All About Voidness," and "Practicing With Voidness") given to the Dhamma study group at Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, on 17 December 1961, 7 & 21 January 1962. Translated from the Thai (แก่นพุทธศาสน์) by Dhammavicayo. First published by the Suan Usom Foundation, Bangkok, 1983. Revised edition by Santikaro Bhikkhu first published by Wisdom Publications, Boston, 1994. 

« The word suññatā has had a checkered history of interpreta­tion and explanation since the Buddha's time. Now that Bud­dhist books abound in English, and differing teachings and interpretations are offered as Buddhist, we need to bring the teaching of suññatā into its proper place at the center of Buddhist study and prac­tice. This can only be done if we correctly understand the meaning and importance of suññatā. We hope that this little book will help... » (Preface)

[More information & S.E. Asia edition]

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Keys to natural truth 1999 Small.JPG ❖ KEYS TO NATURAL TRUTH ❖

Keys to Natural Truth by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. Being 5 articles: "Kalama Sutta, Help Us,"  written on 6 May 1988; "Two Kinds of Language: Everyday Language & Dhamma Language," a lecture at Suan Mokkh on 8 October 1966; "Looking Within," a lecture at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, on 15 December 1961; "Happiness & Hunger," a lecture to foreign meditators at Suan Mokkh on 7 May 1986; and "Dhamma-Truth of Samatha-Vipassana For The Nuclear Age," a lecture at Suan Mokkh on 31 March 1984. Translated from the Thai by Santikaro Bhikkhu, Rod Bucknell, et al. Edited and with a foreword by Santikaro Bhikkhu. First published by The Dhamma Study & Practice Group, Bangkok, 1988.

« Explaining and pointing out the way to Natural Truth is all one being can do for another, but it is enough to help us clear up the mystery of our own lives and find peace. Yet we often fail to understand his gift... The keys in this book, then, are intended to help open a clear and liveable path through our confusion and weakness into a correct understanding of Dhamma (Natural truth), so that the Dhamma in turn may illuminate life, reveal its secret, and quench all suffering (dukkha). » (Editor's Foreword)

[Available at the Dhammadāna Foundation, Chaiya, Surat Thani, and at the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives, Bangkok.]

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Mindfulness with breathing 201x.jpg ❖ MINDFULNESS WITH BREATHING : A MANUAL FOR SERIOUS BEGINNERS ❖

Mindfulness with Breathing: A Manual for Serious Beginners by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. From a series of lectures given during Suan Mokkh's September 1986 meditation course. Translated from the Thai by Santikaro Bhikkhu. First published by The Dhamma Study & Practice Group, Bangkok, 1988. Revised edition first published by Wisdom Publications,  Boston, 1997.

« The talks included here were chosen for two reasons. First, they were given to Westerners who were attending the monthly meditation courses at Suan Mokkh. In speaking to Western meditators, Achan Buddhadāsa uses a straightforward, no-frills approach... And rather than limit the instruction to Buddhists, he emphasizes the universal, natural humanness of ānāpānasati... Second this manual is aimed at "serious beginners." By "beginner" we mean people who are fairly new to this practice and its theory. » (Translator's Introduction)

[More information & S.E. Asia edition]

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Paticcasamuppada practical dependent origination 1992 Small.JPG ❖ PATICCASAMUPPADA : PRACTICAL DEPENDENT ORIGINATION ❖

Paticcasamuppāda: Practical Dependent Origination by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. A talk delivered in 1978 and incorporated as an explanatory study guide to Paticcasamuppāda in the Words of the Buddha published in 1979. Translated from the Thai by Stephen Schmidt. First published by The Sublime Life, Bangkok, 1986. 2nd edition by The Vuddhidhamma Fund, Nonthaburi, 1992.

« Paticcasamuppada, which is the heart of Buddhism, is difficult to see clearly and, thus, has become the center of grave misunderstandings and distortions. In this book, the Venerable Buddhadasa Bhikkhu digs up the roots of these misunderstandings and turns them up to the critical light of scrutiny. These roots can be traced back to the early days of Buddhism, but find their first written expression 1,500 years ago in the commentaries of Buddhagosa. » (Preface)

[Available at the Dhammadāna Foundation, Chaiya, Surat Thani, and at the Buddhadāsa Indapañño Archives, Bangkok.]

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Under the bodhi tree 2017 Small.jpg ❖ UNDER THE BODHI TREE : BUDDHA'S ORIGINAL VISION OF DEPENDENT CO-ARISING ❖

Under the Bodhi Tree: Buddha’s Original Vision of Dependent Co-arising by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu. From several talks to foreign meditators given at Suan Mokkh. Translated from the Thai, edited and introduced by Santikaro. First published by Wisdom Publications, Somerville, 2017. 224 p. 

« Ajahn Buddhadāsa continually reminded and emphasized how dependent co-arising (paticcasamuppāda) is the very core of Buddha's teaching. It provides the definitive perspective of the Buddha's insights and awakening... Consequently, whether informing foreign visitors new to Buddhism or reminding Thais born into Buddhism, Ajahn Buddhadāsa insisted that dependent co-arising is central to the Buddha's experience and teaching, and therefore to our own study and practice. » (Translator's Preface)

[More informationAvailable at selected Thailand bookstores.]

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