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 Sister Ayya Khema. 

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


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


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

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

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.


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”