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The words of the Fully Enlightened Buddha are available to you right now through the suttas of the Pali Canon. By developing a daily habit of contemplative and devotional reading of the suttas you will deepen your understanding and practice of his timeless wisdom. Instead of reading books about Buddhism, jump right in and read what the Buddha taught!
Daily practice with the suttas
- How To: Sutta Practice Basics
- Making a Sutta Reading Plan
- Core Principles of Sutta Practice: Pragmatic, Possible, Patient, Persistent, Perpetual
- When is the best time to read?
- How long and how much to read each day?
- Tips for using a published anthology for daily sutta practice.
- Should you take notes during a sutta practice?
- What to do when you finish a text.
- Reflections for reading
- Closing a reading practice session
- Building a Sutta Library: A book list with sources to help you build a near complete collection of the suttas
- Canonical Collections: Learn about the traditional grouping of suttas and ways to practice with them
- Overview of Translators of Pali Buddhist Scriptures: This page gives you a general idea about the different people translating the texts we recommend.
- Anthologies: Collections based on topics
- Sutta Practice Text Suggestions Based on Available Time: Some texts work great even if you just have a few minutes each day
- Sutta Practice Text Suggestions Based on Your Experience Level: New to the Suttas? Have read them all? There are texts for everyone.
Overcoming Hindrances to Practice
- Make a Sutta Practice Life List to help keep your commitment to complete your text.
- Don’t Break the Chain! A simple technique to keep your practice consistent.
- Read Out Loud: It’s how it all started
- Walking Sutta Practice: It’s hard to fall asleep standing up.
- Benefits of having a backup text
- Free Tools and texts to download
- Book sources, both free and commercial
- Sutta E-books for Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.
- Listening Faithfully, audio recordings of the suttas
- Definition of terms as used on this site