Advancing on the path
A Loving-Kindness meditation by Susan Pembroke
The Power of Mindfulness: An Inquiry into the Scope of Bare Attention and the Principal Sources of its Strength by Nyanaponika Thera.
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.
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. Anālayo. An 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.
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.
“(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”