Books

Welcome to the Dhamma Books page. Click on one of the book titles to download a book of your choice. Books are initially sorted by title. The Stillness of Being by Ajahn Viradhammo is available as a PDF or ePub. It is also listed with the other books. For recent books from the Ajahn Chah Sangha, check forestsanghapublications.org.


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A Dhamma Compass | Ajahn Pasanno A Dhamma Compass is a collection of three Dhamma talks that Ajahn Pasanno gave in the three winter retreats during 2003-2005 at Abhayagiri.
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A Life Of Inner Quality | Ajahn Maha Boowa This is a guide for integrating Buddhist practice into daily life, drawn from 10 talks which Venerable Ācariya Mahā Boowa has given over the past 25 years to various groups of lay people: those new to the practice and those more experienced.
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A Smile | Ajahn Succito A small scanned excerpt from Rainbow Magazine for children.
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A Taste of Freedom | Ajahn Chah This collection of ten talks, given by Ajahn Chah in Thailand and England, was was one of the earliest publications - 1991 - having been translated from the Thai language by the Sangha of Wat Pah Nanachat.
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A Tree in A Forest | Ajahn Chah A collection of Ajahn Chah's similies.
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Abhayagiri Monastic Foundation Chanting Book Revision 2010 | Abhayagiri Sangha Morning and Evening Chanting (Puja), Reflections, and Suttas, as Used by Buddhist Monasteries and Groups Associated with the Western Forest Sangha in the Lineage of Ajahn Chah.
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Anapanasati (Mindfulness of Breathing) | Ajahn Buddhadasa Meditation instructions for serious beginners.
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Awakening Presence | Siladhara Community This book from the nuns' communities of Amaravati and Cittaviveka Buddhist Monasteries features talks from several of their senior nuns.
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Bodhinyana | Ajahn Chah This was the first compilation of a series of translated talks by Ajahn Chah. After its initial printing in 1979 it has been reprinted many times. The book contains talks on daily-life practice, formal practice as well as a session of questions and answers.
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Broad View – Boundless Heart | Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro Transcribed talks of Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro. Ajahn Pasanno describes the practice of the Brahmaviharas - loving-kindness, compassion, empathy and equanimity. Ajahn Amaro offers an overview of Theravada Buddhism and Ajahn Chah's teaching of Right View in this tradition.
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Cittaviveka | Ajahn Sumedho Cittaviveka is a pali term meaning 'the mind of non-attachment'. Cittaviveka is also the name of Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in West Sussex, UK, the first forest-sangha monastery in Britain. The transcribed talks cover a wide range of subjects including the process of integrating Buddhism into the West, developing skilful means in practice and the relationship with a teacher.
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Contemplations on the Seven Factors of Awakening | Ajahn Tiradhammo This book is based on a series of talks on the Seven Factors of Awakening given at Bodhinyanarama Monastery in New Zealand during the Rains Retreat in 2007.
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Daughters And Sons | Ajahn Jayasaro From the book: (my parents had) looked after me for eighteen years, given me food every single day—three or four times a day—and they’d still worried that the food might not be delicious enough for me. They’d given me both clothes and shelter. They’d taken me to a doctor when I was sick, and when I was ill they’d seemed Daughters and sons 7 to suffer more than I did. Why was I never impressed with that? I suddenly felt that I’d been shamefully unjust. I realized how much I’d taken them for granted. At that moment, it was as if a dam burst. Many examples of my parents’ boon khoon, their generosity and kindness, came to my mind, so overwhelming, so impressive. That was the beginning of my gratitude toward my parents.
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Dhammapada Reflections – Vol. One | Ajahn Munindo Fifty-two verses from the Dhammapada with brief contemplations. These teachings were previously made available as part of Ajahn Munindo's Dhammasakaccha on-line programme.
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Discipline And Conventions | Ajahn Succito A guide to monastic convention and how they apply to interaction between monks, nuns, and the lay community.
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Everything Is Teaching Us | Ajahn Chah New and revised translations of Ajahn Chah's teachings by Paul Breiter. These talks offer guidance in using all situation to deepen training.
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Finding the Missing Peace | Ajahn Amaro This booklet, describing meditation tools and techniques for beginners in a series of lessons, is based on a six week series of classes given in Mendicino, California, in 2002.
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Food for the Heart | Ajahn Chah This is a collection of ten transcribed talks given by Ajahn Chah mainly to the monastic community in Thailand.
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Forest Path | Wat Pah Nanachat Community Talks, essays, poems, drawings and photographs from the community at Wat Pah Nanachat.
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Forest Sangha Calendar 2012 | Aruna Publications A calendar with pictures, text, and special events in the Ajahn Chah Sangha.
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Freeing the Heart | Siladhara Community A collection of talks by the nuns' community at Amaravati.
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Friends On The Path | Ajahn Sundara & Ajahn Candasiri A compilation of eleven Dhamma talks by two of the senior nuns in the Western Forest Sangha.
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From The Darkness To The Light | Ajahn Liem Dhamma talk given in 1996 to monks, novices and nuns after the ceremony of asking forgiveness.
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Great Patient One | Ajahn Sucitto & Nick Scott This book is the sequel to Rude Awakenings. It records the seven hundred mile journey on foot, of Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott as they spent six months together in the Middle Land of the Buddha, as well as a long loop into Nepal and the Himalayas. The arduous nature of the pilgrimage, both physically and psychologically, 'gives the reader a taste of Dhamma off the cushion and on the road'.
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In Simple Terms | Ajahn Chah Translated from the Thai language by Ajahn Thanissaro, this is a collection of similes and short stories extracted from recorded teachings of Ajahn Chah.
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Introduction to Insight Meditation | Ajahn Succito A brief guide suitable for anyone setting out to develop meditation. It deals with the correct attitude, body posture and ways of integrating meditation into daily life.
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Intuitive Awareness | Ajahn Sumedho These transcribed talks by Ajahn Sumedho convey an intuitive understanding of the Buddha's teaching which has arisen from the author's many years of practice as a Buddhist monk.
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Kalyana | Ajahn Succito A collection of Dhamma talks commemorating Ajahn Sucitto's fiftieth birthday.
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Kamma and the End of Kamma | Ajahn Succito This book explores a range of ways in which the principle of kamma - of cause and effect - can be seen as underlying the Buddha's teaching in all aspects of life. Often seen as a teaching on morality, kamma has its most transformative fruition in meditation.
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Keeping the Breath in Mind | Ajahn Lee This is a guide to Ajahn Lee's method of breath meditation and the practice of the jhanas.
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Like a River | Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro From the Dedication: "Todd’s life was like a river that flows gently to make all who came to know him happy... We put together this book with kind assistance from family and friends for readers who are interested in life’s lessons through stories and teachings related to this special boy’s life."
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Living Dhamma | Ajahn Chah This is a collection of nine transcribed Dhamma talks given by Ajah Chah to the lay community as well as to the monastic community in Thailand.
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Mara and the Mangala | Ajahn Amaro This story is intended to be both a partner to the novel 'The Pilgrim Kamanita,' written by Karl Gjellerup in 1906, and a tale that stands on its own. There is no need to have read the earlier book in order to make sense of this one.
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Meditation: A Way of Awakening | Ajahn Succito This book addresses the questions, why meditate and how to meditate? The guidance offered is relvant to all those who cultivate the inner life.
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Mindfulness, Precepts, and Crashing in the Same Car | Ajahn Jayasaro
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Mindfulness: The Path to the Deathless | Ajahn Sumedho The Meditation Teaching of Luang Por Sumedho.
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Mississippi Pilgrimage | Ajahn Jotipalo The journals of Venerable Jotipālo Bhikkhu and Austin Stewart on a Spiritual Journey up the Mississippi River Valley.
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No Ajahn Chah | Ajahn Chah From the introduction: This collection... gives us some insight into concepts such as impermanence, virtue, not-self and so on... Hopefully the reader can catch a glimpse of the "No Ajahn Chah" who used to say, "I'm always talking about things to develop and things to give up, but, really, there's nothing to develop and nothing to give up".
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No Worries | Ajahn Liem Buddhist teachings and a short biography of Luang Por Liem Thitadhammo.
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Nothing Is More Joyless Than Selfishness | Ajahn Sumedho Five talks to the monastic community at Wat Pah Nanachat in May 1989, given by Ajahn Sumedho and transcribed by Bhikkhu Gavesako.
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Now is the Knowing | Ajahn Sumedho Three Dhamma talks by Ajahn Sumedho given during the early years of establishing Theravada Buddhist Monasteries in Britain. These talks consider the way we relate to the Three Refuges, using the basic meditation on Mindfulness of Breathing and reaching for Nibbana, the goal.
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On Love | Ajahn Jayasaro From the book: Is it (love) truly part of the solution to our suffering in life or does it merely compound it? My short answer to this question is that it depends. On what? On the kind of love and how you care for it.
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On Meditation | Ajahn Chah A collection of clear and precise teachings by Ajahn Chah on using various meditation tools. These teachings are extracts from longer talks printed in full elsewhere.
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Practice Without Stopping | Ajahn Piek Advice to monks, novices and postulants before the Dtao-Dum Retreat, by Venerable Luang Por Pieg at Wat Fakram (4 march 2001), Pathum Thani, Thailand.
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Rain on the Nile | Ajahn Amaro From Ajahn Amaro: "When Silent Rain was first compiled, part of the idea of producing such a varied collection of material – talks, poems, travelogues and artwork – was that it would then provide an easy source for smaller offprints over the years. Rain on the Nile is both an outcome of that original intention as well as an arena for the offering up of some more recent material – to wit, the travelogue of a journey to Egypt made in December of 2006."
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Rituals and Observances | Ajahn Sucitto & Ajahn Candasiri Based upon talks given at Cittaviveka by Ajahns Sucitto and Candasiri. Meditation alone is not a guaranteed entry into the sublime. This booklet is about the recognition and cultivation of skilful means whereby we bring emotive forces into our daily lives.
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Rude Awakenings | Ajahn Sucitto & Nick Scott Rude Awakenings records a journey by Ajahn Sucitto of Cittiviveka Monastery in West Sussex, UK and Nick Scott. They spent six months together retracing the Buddha's footsteps in India, along with many detours and sidetracks both physical and psychological. The alternating versions of what each of them perceived of their outside world presents a vision of each human being's pilgrimage through life.
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Rugged Interdependency | Ajahn Amaro Ajahn Amaro shares his experiences and thoughts from his first visit to the US in 1990 up to 2007. During those years much happened, most importantly the founding of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery. This travelogue gives the reader a healthy glimpse into the short yet rich history of bringing Ajahn Chah's monastic tradition to the US.
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Samadhi for Liberation | Ajahn Anan A Dhamma talk given to the monks and novices of Wat Marp Jan (4 august 1999), Rayong Province, Thailand.
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Seeing The Way: Volume One | Ajahn Chah Sangha An anthology of transcribed talks from senior Western disciples of Ajahn Chah.
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Seeing The Way: Volume Two | Ajahn Chah Sangha Following the style of the first volume of Seeing the Way, this volume two presents an anthology of transcribed talks from eighteen senior monks and nuns in Ajahn Chah's monasteries.
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Silent Rain | Ajahn Amaro This book is an account of a 'tudong' walk through England, made by Ajahn Amaro in 1983. It was previously published in a shorter book called Tudong:The Long Road North.
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Small Boat, Great Mountain | Ajahn Amaro Ajahn Amaro reflects on the teachings of The Natural Great Perfection from the Dzogchen teachings and compares it with those familiar in the Pali Canon and in the Thai Forest Tradition.
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Stillness of Being | Ajahn Viradhammo The concept of this book was originally developed by the lay sangha in New Zealand to commemorate Ajahn Viradhammo’s thirty years as a monk.
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The Biography Of Luang Por Chah | Ajahn Jayasaro This is the incomplete draft of the much-anticipated biography of Ajahn Chah as written by his western disciple, Ajahn Jayasaro.
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The Collected Teachings Of Ajahn Chah – Single Volume | Ajahn Chah The complete collection of all the talks by Ajahn Chah that have been translated into English and are currently available for free distribution. These same talks are also available in the three volumes below.
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The Collected Teachings Of Ajahn Chah, Volume 1: Daily Life Practice | Ajahn Chah The first book in the three volume set of the complete collection of all the talks by Ajahn Chah that have been translated into English and are currently available for free distribution.
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The Collected Teachings Of Ajahn Chah, Volume 2: Formal Practice | Ajahn Chah The second book in the three volume set of the complete collection of all the talks by Ajahn Chah that have been translated into English and are currently available for free distribution.
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The Collected Teachings Of Ajahn Chah, Volume 3: Renunciant Practice | Ajahn Chah The third book in the three volume set of the complete collection of all the talks by Ajahn Chah that have been translated into English and are currently available for free distribution.
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The Contemplative’s Craft: Internalizing the Teachings of the Buddha | Ajahn Viradhammo This electronic edition of The Contemplative’s Craft is offered in commemoration of Ajahn  Viradhammo’s seventieth birthday on April 27th, 2017.
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The Dhamma and the Real World | Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro This small book contains four talks and conversations with Abhayagiri co-Abbots Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro.
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The Four Noble Truths | Ajahn Sumedho A small booklet of edited talks given by Ajahn Sumedho on the central teaching of the Buddha: that the unhappiness of humanity can be overcome through spiritual means.
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The Island: Teachings on Nibbana | Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro This presentation by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro is a small compendium of the 'essence teachings' of the Buddha, as they appear in the Pali Canon and have been conveyed by the lineages that rely upon them (the Thai forest tradition in particular). This is version 1.2 of this web edition, released November 2015.
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The Pilgrim Kamanita | Karl Gjellerup & Ajahn Amaro A novel set in the time of the Buddha portrays the life of the pilgrim Kamanita in his long and roundabout quest for spiritual perfection. This is a new version of an old book, edited by Ajahn Amaro.
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The Power of Faith | Ajahn Nyanadhammo Edited from a Dhamma talk given by Ajahn Ñāṇadhammo at Wat Pah Nanachat (27 September 2002) in Ubon Rachathani Province, Thailand.
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The Real Practice | Ajahn Jayasaro Three talks to the monastic community of Wat Pah Nanachat.
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The Spiritual Faculties | Ajahn Nyanadhammo Edited from a Dhamma talk given by Ajahn Ñāṇadhammo at Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery (June 1998) in Sussex, Southern England.
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The Teachings of Ajahn Chah | Ajahn Chah A collection of Ajahn Chah's translated Dhamma talks.
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Theravada Buddhism in a Nutshell | Ajahn Amaro Adapted from a talk given on a retreat held at the Angela Center, Santa Rosa, California, November 1997.
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Thinking | Ajahn Amaro An essay on relating to thought by Ajahn Amaro
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Thunder in an Open Sky | Ajahn Amaro Reflections on the life and teachings of Luang Por Chah by Ajahn Amaro.
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Twain Shall Meet | Ajahn Jayasaro A short history of how western monks came to Ajahn Chah.
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Unexpected Freedom | Ajahn Munindo Sixteen transcribed talks given by Ajahn Munindo, mostly at Aruna Ratanagiri Monastery in Northumberland where he is resident abbot.
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Verses of Liberation From the Khandas | Ajahn Mun Composed by Venerable Ācariya Mun Bhuridatto and translated from Thai by Bhikkhu Khemasanto.
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Walking Meditation | Ajahn Nyanadhammo Edited from Dhamma talks given by Ajahn Ñāṇadhammo at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre (31st of July, 1992) and Bodhiñāṇa Forest Monastery (22nd of January 2002) in Perth, Australia.
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Walking With Awareness | Ajahn Liem A Guide to Walking Meditation by Luang Por Liam.
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What Is Buddhism | Ajahn Chandako What is Buddhism offers a very clear and concise overview of Buddhism and its core teachings, and addresses many questions that people unfamiliar with or new to it's teachings often raise.
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When Everything is Said | Ajahn Abhinando A book of poems in German with English translations.
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Who Will Feed the Mice | Ajahn Amaro This small book, dedicated to the memory of his mother, is based on a talk given by Ajahn Amaro on March 29, 2003, at Abhayagiri Monastery, Redwood Valley, California.
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Wings to Awakening | Thanissaro Bhikkhu An Anthology from the Pali Canon expounding in detail the Buddha's teaching on the 37 "Wings to Enlightenment".
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Wisdom Develops Samadhi | Ajahn Maha Boowa The book “Wisdom Develops Samādhi” is one of the few books written by the revered forest teacher, the late Ācariya Mahā Boowa (Bhikkhu Ñāṇasampanno), formerly the abbot of Wat Pa Ban Tad.
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