These 3 Volumes of Modern Buddhism, is being distributed as a free ebook. The author, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, says: “Through reading and practising the instructions given in this book, people can solve theirdaily problems and maintain a happy mindall the time.” So that these benefits may pervade the whole world the author wishes to offer this eBook freely to everyone
Volume 2 Tantra – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom
Volume 3 Prayers for Daily Practice – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom
Volume 1 Sutra – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom
The Buddha and His Teachings by Ven. Narada Mahathera
This is one of the clearest and most detailed introductions to the fundamental teachings of Buddhism available in English. In simple and lucid language the author explains the doctrines and concepts which form the common bedrock of Buddhism as they have been preserved by the Theravada school. The first part of the work is devoted to the life of the Buddha. The remainder of the book explains in detail the Buddha's teachings, the final chapter showing the relevance of Buddhism to the problems of modern life.
The Venerable Narada Maha Thera, born Sumanapala Perera (14 July 1898 – 2 October 1983) was a Theravadan Buddhist monk and translator, the Superior of Vajirarama Temple in Colombo. He was a popular figure in his native country, Sri Lanka, and beyond. He was born in Kotahena, Colombo to a middle-class family, educated at St. Benedict's College and Ceylon University College, and ordained at the age of eighteen.
In 1929 he represented Sri Lanka at theopening ceremony for the new Mulagandhakuti Vihara monastery at Sarnath, India, and in 1934 he visited Indonesia, the first Theravadan monk to do so in more than 450 years. From that point on he travelled to many countries to conduct missionary work: Taiwan, Cambodia, Laos, South Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, Nepal, and Australia. In1956, he visited the United Kingdom and the United States, and addressed a hugecrowd at the Washington Monument. On 2 November 1960 Narada Maha Thera brought a bodhi tree to the South Vietnamese temple Thích Ca Phật Đài,and made many visits to the country during the 1960s.
Along with others (such as Piyadassi Maha Thera) he contributed to the popularization of the bana style dharma talk in the 1960s and brought the Buddhist teachings "to the day-to-day lives of the Westernized middle class in Sri Lanka."
The Path of Freedom [ Vimuttimagga ]
by Arahant Upatissa
Translated by N. R. M. Ehara, Soma Thera and Kheminda Thera
Vimuttimagga - Probably written in Pali in Sri Lanka during the first century AD,the Vimuttimagga survived only in Chinese translation, from which the present rendering has been made. Ascribed to the Arahant Upatissa, the work is a meditation manual similar to the Visuddhimagga, but less analytical and more practical in its treatment of meditation.
The work is compiled in accordance withclassical Buddhist division of the path into the three stages of virtue, concentration, and wisdom, culminating inthe goal of liberation. It is widely believed that the Vimuttimagga may havebeen the model used by Buddhaghosha tocompose his magnum opus, the Visuddhimagga (Path of Purification), several centuries later. The older work is marked by a leaner style and a more lively sense of urgency stemming from its primarily practical orientation.
"Selves & Not-Self' - by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
The Buddha's Teaching in His Own Words
Extracts from the Pali canon, giving the essential framework of the doctrine. Taken from the author's Life of the Buddha.
Mindfulness of Breathing - Trannslated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli
This is a useful anthology of important and pragmatic source material from the Pali Canon and Commentaries on the technique of Anapana, or breath-awareness meditation. It includes the Discourse on Respiration-Mindfulness from the Majjhima Nikaya, commentary from the Vishuddhimagga (Path of Purification), and analyses of other passages and suttas.
Bhikkhu Ñanamoli was ordained as a monk in Sri Lanka, where he spent 11 years living in a monastery and translating the texts of the Theravada Buddhism into English. He was the author of The Discourse on Right View, Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha,and The Life of the Buddha.
The Anguttara Nikaya/ Abridged Translation
by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi
“I am the owner of my karma.
I inherit my karma.
I am born of my karma.
I am related to my karma.
I live supported by my karma.
Whatever karma I create, whether good or evil, that I shall inherit.”
- The Buddha, Anguttara Nikaya V.57- Upajjhatthana Sutta -
An abridged translation of the five volume Buddhist sutra from the Pali canon. The original translation was by Nyanaponika Thera, and these 208 selected discourses have been revised and given an introduction by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
The Anguttara Nikaya is one of the maincollection of suttas from the Pali Canon,the authorized recension of the Buddha`sword for followers of Theravada Buddhism. These particular discourses are called numerical because they retainthe structure of the original Anguttara Nikaya. Sayings are organized not by topic, but by numbers mentioned in the texts. This organizational scheme, common in ancient Indian literature, can give the reader a haphazard view of theBuddha`s teachings. To balance this tendency Bhikkhu Bodhi provides a systematic introduction to the Buddha`s teaching in the Anguttara Nikaya. The translators also provide notes, a glossary, and another introduction placingthe Anguttara in the context of the larger Theravada Buddhist Canon. This readable but precise translation will be welcomed by both students of TheravadaBuddhism as well as anyone wishing to learn from the Buddha`s teachings.