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The Canonical Collections for Practice has been recently updated to reflect several new publications

  • The Handful of Leaves Anthology by Ajahn Thanissaro has been reorganized so the first four Nikayas make up each of four volumes. The suttas from the fifth book have been incorporated into the first four.
  • Translations by Ajahn Thanissaro of books from the Khudhaka Nikāya are now available as individual volumes:
    • Dhammapada
    • Udāna
    • Itivuttaka
    • Sutta Nipāta (new, complete)
    • Poems of the Elders (Anthology)

All of these are available as print books upon request from Metta Forest Monastery. Note, the Sati Center is no longer the distributor of the Handful of Leaves anthology.

  • Four new publications from Mahamegha are now easily available on Amazon. They are all complete translations
    • Stories of Heavenly Mansions from the Vimanavatthu
    • Stories of Ghosts from the Petavatthu
    • The Voice of Enlightened Monks: The Thera Gatha
    • The Voice Of Enlightened Nuns: The Theri Gatha

And speaking of the Khudhaka Nikāya, expect to see an brand new translation of the Sutta Nipāta this year from Bhante (Bhikkhu) Bodhi.

Selections from Wisdom Publications Word of the Buddha Series available as e-books: PDF, Kindle, Epub, .docx

Wisdom Publication has made selections of suttas from Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translations available on line. Now you can download these suttas as ebooks in five formats: PDF, Kindle, Epub, .docx, and .xhtml


If you use material from the .docx or .xhtml, be sure to include the citation at the beginning of each of these documents.


Life of the Buddha According to the Pali Canon – Free PDF

The complete PDF version of Bhikkhu Nanamoli’s anthology Life of the Buddha According to the Pali Canon is now available as a free download from

This anthology pieces together the biographical information about the Buddha into a continuous narrative from throughout the Pali canon. Several features make this book uniquely valuable

  • Many books about the Buddha do not make clear where the material is coming from. In this book it gives clear references to the original texts or makes clear that material comes from the ancient commentaries.
  • Texts from the Vinaya: This is one of the only English sources of text from the Vinaya. Most of the Vinaya is rules for the monks and nuns but there are many important parts of the Buddha’s life explained
  • There are also texts that explain basic doctrinal information. In many cases repetitions are removed to make it easier for people new to reading suttas.

Be sure to read and understand the explanation of the “cast” of voices that the author uses to present the text, found on the page immediately before the first reading.

You may also want to print out a copy of the simple chart of the Sutta Pitaka to refer to until you are familiar with all of the citations.


Pariyatti is an official publisher of this book (allong with the Buddhist Publication Society) so this is a legitimate offer.

Have you read this book? Leave a comment below.



Full Jatakata Translation edited by E. B. Cowell available again as EPUB and Kindle

Some time ago the EPUB versions of the Jataka Stories translations edited by E. B. Cowell disappeared from the internet. Now they are back, reformatted for a better reading experience.

Check them out on here.

This is a full translation. Ken and Visakha Kawasaki have an anthology available for sale from Amazon that is basically an edited and modernized version of parts of this text. While they did a good job, one shortcoming of their edition (aside from the fact that it is only an anthology) is that they have fully integrated the canonical verses into the prose commentarial story. This isn’t a big deal, but it does erase the distinction between what is considered canonical and what is not. The language in the Cowell translation is actually not that old-fashioned sounding, so it is worth checking out these ebooks before purchasing the anthology from Amazon.

New (slightly old) news from WisdomPubs about Wisdom of the Buddha Series

Some time over the last year (or two) Wisdom made some dramatic changes in there distribution of the wisdom of the Buddha series.

First, they have made many suttas available online at each book’s webpage. (50 from just the MN!) Not only that, these suttas have a Creative Commons license that allows non commercial distribution. This is a great benefit for people doing Dhamma teaching programs.

Even more exciting, the ebooks are now available directly from Wisdom without DRM in three formats– PDF, EPUB, & Moby–as a package, all for a single price. This means you can use the Mobi file on any Kindle you own, and if you later switch to a non-Amazon product you can use the EPUB. Presumably it would also eliminate the my-clippings limit imposed by Amazon. The only down side is that you wouldn’t have the supposedly lifetime download option that you do with Amazon. So just be sure to hold on to all three files in a safe place.

Here are the pages for each book

Dīgha Nikaya, The Long Discourses of the Buddha (No sutta exerpts)

Majjhima Nikāya, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

Saṃyutta Nikāya, The Connected Discourses of the Buddha

Aṅguttara Nikāya, The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha

IN THE BUDDHA’S WORDS: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon’s-words


Reflections for Sutta Reading Practice

As we develop a daily habit of reading the suttas it is important that we always remember the reason we are reading the suttas: To develop our faith in the enlightenment of the Supreme Buddha and to put an end to the round of samsara. If we lose track of this purpose, we may not be successful. Below you will find passages that can help us remember the proper attitude to have while reading and listening to the Dhamma. They have been taken either directly from the suttas or modified to turn them into declarations.

You can read them below and download a version that you can use as a part of your daily reading.

Downloads of the reading reflections

The Blessed One Is the Teacher, I Am a Disciple: Reflections for Sutta Reading Practice

Before your sutta reading

Recite one or more of the following passages aloud or silently before your daily sutta reading practice. In doing so make the sincere wish to read the Dhamma with complete attention, to reflect on it wisely, and to put the teachings into practice.

Then imagine that you are sitting at the feet of the Blessed One. Read your text as if you were actually listening to him preach.

 After your sutta reading

Make a very brief summary of what you read and insert it for X.

  •  Because of not knowing X I have been reborn again and again in this long round of saṁsāra, creating suffering for myself and countless other beings.
  • May my understanding of X grow. May I always keep this teaching of X in mind and live accordingly, using it to help me realize the Blessed One’s Four Noble Truths in this very life.
  • May all beings have the opportunity to learn about X and realize the Four Noble Truths in this very life.

Translations are from The Word of the Buddha series by Wisdom Publications.

 The Reflections

“Bhikkhus, for a faithful disciple who is intent on fathoming the Teacher’s Dispensation, it is proper that he conduct himself thus: ‘The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple; the Blessed One knows, I do not know.’ For a faithful disciple who is intent on fathoming the Teacher’s Dispensation, the Teacher’s Dispensation is nourishing and refreshing.”

MN 70.27

“Bhikkhus, there are these five things that lead to the continuation, non-decline, and non-disappearance of the good Dhamma. What five? (1) Here, the bhikkhus respectfully listen to the Dhamma; (2) they respectfully learn the Dhamma; (3) they respectfully retain the Dhamma in mind; (4) they respectfully examine the meaning of the teachings they have retained in mind; (5) they respectfully understand the meaning and the Dhamma and then practice in accordance with the Dhamma.

From AN 5:154

May I gain inspiration in the meaning! May I gain inspiration in the Dhamma! May I gain gladness connected with the Dhamma!

Based on MN 33

I have this rare chance to get to see the Tathāgata. I have this rare chance to read the Dhamma and Discipline expounded by the Tathāgata. May I retain it in mind! May I examine the meaning of what I have retained in mind! May I understand the meaning and practice in accordance with the Dhamma!

Based on AN 1:338–342

May I not read this Dhamma as a denigrator, obsessed with denigration! May I read this Dhamma as one without any intention of criticizing it, not as one who seeks faults! May I not be ill disposed to the teacher and intent on attacking him! May I be wise, intelligent and astute! May I not imagine that I have understood what I have not understood. Possessing these five qualities, may I be capable of entering into the fixed course [consisting in] rightness in wholesome qualities!

Based on AN 5.153

May I hear what I have not heard before! May what I have heard before be clarified! May I emerge from perplexity! May my views be made straight! May my mind become placid! May I have these five rewards of listening to the Dhamma!

Based on AN 5.202

While I am reading this Dhamma and Discipline proclaimed by the Tathāgata, may I heed it! May I give my attention to it! May I engage it with all my mind! May I hear the Dhamma with eager ears!

Based on MN 48

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