Recommended Reading


Web Sites, including teachings and photos. But unfortunately this site hasn’t been updated for years and includes videos for which we believe permission has not been granted by the BBC.

Access to Insight, an amazing site. Includes many teachings from the veteran Thai forest masters.

Sutta Central, early Buddhist texts, translations and parallels, including some of Bhikkhu Bodhi’s excellent translations.



The Pali Canon

There are so many books on Buddhism. Unfortunately, many of them tell you more about the author than the Dhamma. Why not read what the Buddha actually said?

The Tipitika – ‘the ‘Three Baskets’, i.e. the Pali Canon – is the collection of the Buddha’s original teachings. There are some wonderful translations of most of the Sutta Pitika – the ‘Basket of Discourses’ – available. Perhaps the best ones to begin with are the anthologies. The Life of the Buddha, by Bhikkhu Nanamoli, is excellent.

The full texts of the Sutta Pitika:

The Digha Nikaya – the ‘Longer Discourses’.

The Majjhima Nikaya – the ‘Middle Length Discourses’.

The Samyutta Nikaya – the ‘Connected Discourses’.


In The Buddha’s Words; An anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, by Bhikkhu Bodhi. If ever a book was to be designated the Buddhist Bible this could well be it. It is a crime not to own it. It’s worth it for Bhikkhu Bodhi’s pre-chapter essays alone.  SUBSTANTIAL PREVIEW HERE.

The Anguttara Nikaya (an anthology) – the ‘Numerical Discourses’. These are some of the most approachable suttas; they are mostly short – some being only a few lines.

The Life of the Buddha: According to the Pali Canon, by Bhikkhu Nanamoli.


Buddhist books of a general nature

Online Dictionary by Nyanatiloka. Highly recommended.

What the Buddha Taught. A thorough introduction to essential Buddhism that is hard to beat.

Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction. Some sound scholarship, giving an overview of how Buddhism developed over the centuries, and putting current Buddhist trends in perspective.



Mindfulness in Plain English

In This Very Life

Essentials of Insight Meditation