Advancing on the path

Guided Meditations

The Power of Mindfulness: An Inquiry into the Scope of Bare Attention and the Principal Sources of its Strength by Nyanaponika Thera.

Karma and Intention, transcribed from a talk by Gil Fronsdal, scholar, writer, teacher,  and founder of Insight Retreat Center

Path and Fruit by Ayya Khema.

In Transcendental Dependent Arising noted translator and scholar, Bhikkhu Bodhi, discusses the Upanisa Sutta.

In the article Dependent Arising, Bhikkhu Anālayo explores why conditionality makes liberating the mind possible. 




Disenchantment, Step 9 on the Path of Transcendental Dependent Arising by Ayya Khema, given on 1/12/1992 at Wat Buddha Dhamma – Australia (1of 474 talks by Ayya Khema on Dharma Seed) 

Rebirth and Kamma lecture by noted translator and scholar Bhikkhu Bodhi.


Transcendental Dependent Arising: a translation and exposition of the Upanisa Sutta by Ajahn Brahmali

See the World As Empty, a talk by Ajahn Punnadhammo on emptiness and not-self. He quotes the Buddha: “Be ever mindful Mogha Raja, see the world as empty, and abandon thoughts of self.”

A transcript of this talk is available.

In his talk “Manifesting the Buddha Dharma in a Secular Age,” Bhikkhu Bodhi argues that “secular Buddhism” aims at purely immanent goals rather than advocating for transcendence and the ending of the cycles of renewed existence as taught by the Buddha. This talk is expanded and explained in greater depth in a chapter written by Bhikkhu Bodhi in the book Secularizing Buddhism: New Perspective on a Dynamic Tradition.



The Life of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli. A magnificent biography on the life and world of the Buddha available as free PDF.

The Island: an Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbanā is a comprehensive, thoroughly researched, yet highly readable book on Nibbanā written by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro.

Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization by Ven. Anālayo. An essential book for understanding and implementing the dozens of insight practices expounded in the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta.

Mindfulness of Breathing: a practice guide and translations by Ven. AnālayoAn authoritative, practice-oriented elucidation of the sixteen steps of the Ānāpānasati Sutta.

Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation by Ven. Anālayo. An investigation of the meditative practices of compassion and emptiness through the examination and interpretation of material from the early Buddhist discourses. Similar to his previous study of the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, he compares the Pali texts with versions that have survived in Chinese, Sanskrit and Tibetan.

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, a Meditator’s Handbook by Ajahn Brahm. A meditation master’s experience of the jhanas, the meditative absorptions, with guidance on using the jhanas to dispel the illusion of a self.

Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity by Shaila Catherine. Pragmatic instructions on entering sublime states of meditation.

Let the Light Shine: Reflections from Theravada Bhikkhunis,  Available here as a PDF here. This is an invaluable resource on the biographies and teachings of modern-day bhikkhunis (fully-ordained female monks). This volume will also help those individuals wishing to visit a bhikkhuni monastery or wanting to learn more about ordaining.

Helpful Links

A  collection of Sister Ayya Khema’s talks on Dharma Seed:

Sutta Central holds the early Buddhist texts of the Pali Canon as well as their Chinese, Tibetan, and Sanskrit parallels.

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies offers residential and online study and practice programs. 

Sati Center for Buddhist Studies offers courses on study and practice, daylong meditation and study classes, sutta study courses, lectures from scholars and practitioners, Buddhist chaplaincy training and Buddhist eco-chaplaincy programs.

Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names, a link to the names and history of individuals found in the suttas. 

The Digital Pali Dictionary. This free online resource provides information on grammar, gives examples of how the word is used, provides declensions, and the Sanskrit root.

Dharma Seed offers many talks from a variety of teachers with diverse teaching styles. Subjects and teachers can be searched through their directory.

BuddhaNet is a Buddhist education and information network that offers a list of important Theravada sites.

Dhamma Lists, from Insight Meditation Center, contains all the major lists and their respective contents. Helpful to the beginner as well as more advanced students. 



Much of the information provided in our glossary comes to us through the generosity of Access to Insight and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Contributions to this glossary by members of Insight Meditation of Ventura (IMV) are indicated in parentheses. Insight Meditation of Ventura is deeply grateful for the opportunity to make this content available as a way to contribute to the turning of the wheel of the Dhamma for current and future generations.

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“(The deep jhanas) are incredible states, where 99 percent of the sense of self has vanished, where there is a rock solid, immovable stillness. Afterward, when you emerge, you realize that the will was silenced….”

Ajahn Brahm from “The Art of Disappearing”