Sutta Reading Book Sources

This page contains contact information specifically for print copies of sutta texts, either for purchase, free distribution or PDF Download. It is in no way intended to be a complete bibliography or a resource for suttas on the Internet. You may also be interested in the document Building a Sutta Library.

Sources: Printed books, commercial

Wisdom Publications

wisdompubs.org. All of these books are available in both print and e-book (epub, Kindle, pdf) without DRM. Wisdom publishes:

  • The Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Dīgha Nikāya by Maurice Walsh
  • The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, A Translation of the Majjhima Nikāya, translated by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, A Translation of the Saṁyutta Nikāya, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • In the Buddha’s Words, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A (complete) Translation of the Aṅguttara Nikāya, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • The Suttanipata: An Ancient Collection of the Buddha’s Discourses Together with Its Commentaries, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Buddhist Publication Society (BPS)

www.bps.lk Publishes:

  • The Udāna and the Itivuttaka, Two Classics from the Pali Canon, Translated by John D. Ireland;
  • Aṅguttara Nikāya Anthology, translated by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi.
  • The Dhammapada, translated by Āchariya Buddharakkhita
  • The Life of the Buddha, According to the Pali Canon, by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli
  • Buddha, My Refuge, by Bhikkhu Khantipalo

The North American distributor for BPS is Pariyatti.org. For people in Canadia, Source Vipassana carries many of these books.

Pali Text Society (PTS)

Available directly from www.palitext.com. The North American distributor for PTS is Pariyatti.org. For people in Canadia, Source Vipassana carries many of these books. NOTE! Be very, very clear that you want to purchase the English translation, otherwise they may send you the Pali. Publishes:

  • The Rhinoceros Horn and Other Early Buddhist Poems (Sutta Nipāta), translated by K. R. Norman, with alternative translations by I. B. Horner and Ven. Walapola Rahula
  • Poems of Early Buddhist Monks (Theragāthā), translated by K. R. Norman, Pali Text Society. Paperback edition available. Complete text.
  • Poems of Early Buddhist Nuns (Therīgāthā), Translated by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids and K. R. Norman
  • Minor Anthologies Vol. IV : Vimānavatthu (Stories of the Mansions) and Petavatthu (Stories of the Departed). ISBN 13: 978-086013073-4

Printed books, Free Distribution

Metta Forest Monastery

They now provide a list of currently available books.

Distributes all of Ajahn Ṭhanissaro’s sutta translations as well as short anthologies. Books are published when someone donates the printing cost, so not all titles may be available. All are available as ebooks from dhammatalks.org  Note: The Handful of Leaves anthology has recently been reorganized.

  • Handful of Leaves Vol 1: Dīgha Nikāya, selected suttas
  • Handful of Leaves Vol 2: Majjhima Nikaya, selected suttas
  • Handful of Leaves Vol 3: Saṁyutta Nikāya, selected suttas
  • Handful of Leaves Vol 4: Aṅguttara Nikaya, selected suttas.
  • Dhammapada, complete
  • Udana, complete
  • Itivuttaka, complete
  • Sutta Nipata (contains Khuddakapāṭha), complete
  • Theragāthā & Therīgāthā, anthology

Other Books

Other books featured on this website, unless otherwise noted, are available through your favorite local or online book seller.

Sources: Web

ancient-buddhist-texts.net Complete Udāna as well as many other important suttas. Everything is available as a PDF. English translations now available as .epub and .mobi e-books on the Download Page.

E-books

Visit the Sutta E-books page to see sources for e-books specifically.

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