Theravāda Writings

Buddhism in Buddha’s Words

The present text – Buddhism in Buddha’s own words – is a systematic exposition of all the main tenets of the Buddha’s Teachings presented in the Master’s own words as found in the Sutta-Pitaka of the Buddhist Pali Canon.Its chief aim is to give the reader who is already more or less acquainted with the fundamental ideas of Buddhism, a clear, concise and authentic summary

Abhidharmakosha by Vasubandhu

Abhidharmakośa, the famous fundamental treatise of 5th century by Vasubandhu, explaining the fundaments of system of knowledge according to Vaibhasika tradition of Buddhism is here. The main points of study here are the theory of dharma or elements of existence, perception of reality through indriyas (faculties), the notion of karma in the light of teaching about dharmas, path to liberation – Abhidharma or dharma Nirvana

Friendliness Meditation | Mettabhāvanā

Mettabhāvanā (Śri Laṅka version. Friendliness Meditation (Chanting; given in Pali / English)(based on Paṭisambhidāmagga and Visuddhimagga. - One of the best chants for recitation in Theravada Buddhism to develop Loving Kindness, Friendship and Compassion to all living beings - in one word - Metta in canonical Pali language. The Metta prayer given here in Pali language and parallel English translation.

Theravada Protection Chants

Theravada Protection Chants are 3 groups of recitals used often in Theravada Buddhism for Protection, Development of Compassion and Good Qualities and Blessing. They can be chanted each one separately or one after another, preferably in given order, but if you have less time - they can be chanted also separately. All texts are given in canonical Pali language and English translation. The best known

Buddha-Carita | Aśvaghoṣa

The Buddha-carita (Buddha’s Life) is a complete biography of Buddha Śākyamuni, from his birth until after his death, when his relics were distributed. The text was composed by Aśvaghoṣa (early second century C.E.), the main author of Kāvya literature (poetic prose or ornate poetry) before Kālidāsa (late fourth–early fifth century C.E.). The author, Aśvaghoṣa, was a Brāhman from Sāketa in Central India who converted to