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Selected Titles from the Buddhist Publication Society

The following titles from the Buddhist Publication Society are currently available on Access to Insight. Printed copies of these titles that are still in print may be ordered directly from the BPS or from one of their regional distributors.

Detailed descriptions of these books may be found on each author's page.


The Book of Protection (Paritta)
translated and explained by Piyadassi Thera (1999)
Buddhism and the God-idea,
by Nyanaponika Thera (1994)
Buddhism in a Nutshell
by Narada Thera (1982)
A Buddhist Response to Contemporary Dilemmas of Human Existence,
by Bhikkhu Bodhi (1994)
A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma (Excerpt — Introduction only)
ed. by Bhikkhu Bodhi (1993)
Courageous Faith,
by Nyanaponika Thera (1994)
Devotion in Buddhism,
by Nyanaponika Thera (1994)
Kamma and its Fruit,
by Nyanaponika Thera (1994)
The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering
by Bhikkhu Bodhi (1994; first published in 1984 as WH 308/311)
The Progress of Insight: A Modern Treatise on Buddhist Satipatthana Meditation
by Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw (1994)
Seeing Things as They Are,
by Nyanaponika Thera (1994)
Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya: A Personal Appreciation,
by Bhikkhu Bodhi (1998)
The Way of Mindfulness: The Satipatthana Sutta and Its Commentary,
by Soma Thera (1999)
Why End Suffering?
by Nyanaponika Thera (1994)

Wheel Publications   

These are substantial booklets covering a wide range of topics — from the Abhidhamma to Buddhist reflections on today's vital problems. The series also includes accurate annotated translations of the Buddha's discourses from the Pali canon.

No.     Title
The Seven Factors of Enlightenment, by Piyadassi Thera [PDF icon]
2 Vedanta & Buddhism: A Comparative Study, by Helmuth von Glasenapp
6 The Four Sublime States, by Nyanaponika Thera
7 The Practice of Loving-kindness (metta), by Ñanamoli Thera
8 Kalama Sutta: The Buddha's Charter of Free Inquiry, translated from the Pali by Soma Thera
9 Karma and Rebirth,, by Nyantiloka Mahathera — appears, in its entirety, in Wheel 394.
14 Everyman's Ethics, by Narada Thera
17 Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha, by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli
19 The Foundations of Mindfulness, by Nyanasatta Thera
21 The Removal of Distracting Thoughts, by Soma Thera
26 The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest, by Nyanaponika Thera
27-28 Going Forth: A Call to Buddhist Monkhood, by Sumana Samanera
Women in Early Buddhist Literature, by I.B. Horner [PDF icon]
The Discourse on the Snake Simile, by Nyanaponika Thera [PDF icon]
51 Taming the Mind: Discourses of the Buddha, by the editors of the BPS
61-62 The Simile of the Cloth and the Discourse on Effacement, by Nyanaponika Thera
65-66 The Way of Wisdom, by Edward Conze
The Blessings of Pindapata, by Bhikkhu Khantipalo [PDF icon]
76 The Threefold Refuge, by Nyanaponika Thera
82 The Discourse Collection: Ausgewählte Texte aus dem Sutta Nipata, by John D. Ireland, trans.
83-84 With Robes and Bowl, by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
Buddhism in Thailand: Its Past and Its Present, by Karuna Kusalasaya [PDF icon]
88-89 Buddhist Meditation and Depth Psychology, by Douglas M. Burns
90-92 The Life of Sariputta, by Nyanaponika Thera
100 a/b/c Buddhism in Sri Lanka: A Short History, by H.R. Perera
102-103 Buddhist Reflections on Death, by V.F. Gunaratna
Four Nutriments of Life, The, by Nyanaponika Thera [PDF icon]
Samyutta Nikaya: An Anthology (Part I), by John D. Ireland [PDF icon]
116 Practical Advice for Meditators, by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
121-122 The Power of Mindfulness, by Nyanaponika Thera
130-131 The Buddhist Monk's Discipline: Some Points Explained for Laypeople, by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
147-149 The Wheel of Birth and Death, by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
170 Mudita: The Buddha's Teachings on Unselfish Joy, four Essays by Nyanaponika Thera, Natasha Jackson, C.F. Knight, and L.R. Oates (1983)
183-185 Samyutta Nikaya: An Anthology (Part II), by Bhikkhu Ñanananda
186 Three Basic Facts of Existence, The: Volume 1, Impermanence, collected essays, edited by Nyanaponika Thera (1981)
188 Ideal Solitude: An Exposition on the Bhaddekaratta Sutta, by Bhikkhu Ñanananda (1973)
202-204 Three Basic Facts of Existence, The: Volume 3, Egolessness, collected essays, edited by Nyanaponika Thera (1984)
206-207 Lay Buddhist Practice, by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
Buddhism and Sex, by M. O'C. Walshe [PDF icon]
231 The Essentials of Buddha Dhamma in Meditative Practice, by U Ba Khin, with an essay on U Ba Khin by Eric Lerner
237 The Psychology of Emotions in Buddhist Perspective, by Dr. Padmasiri de Silva
238-240 Anguttara Nikaya: An Anthology (Part III), by Nyanaponika Thera
241-242 The Worn-Out Skin, by Nyanaponika Thera
243-244 Forest Meditations: The Verses of the Arahant Talaputa, by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
248-249 The Buddha's Words on Kamma, by Ñanamoli Thera
254-256 Life's Highest Blessings: The Maha Mangala Sutta, by Dr. R.L. Soni
259-260 Nourishing the Roots: Essays on Buddhist Ethics, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Buddhism and Death, by M. O'C. Walshe [PDF icon]
263-264 (The Life of) Maha-Moggallana, by Hellmuth Hecker.
268 On the No-self Characteristic, by N.K.G. Mendis
Bag of Bones: A Miscellany on the Body, by Bhikkhu Khantipalo [PDF icon]
Ananda: The Guardian of the Dhamma, by Hellmuth Hecker [PDF icon]
277-278 Transcendental Dependent Arising: A Translation and Exposition of the Upanisa Sutta, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
280 The Position of Women in Buddhism, by Dr. (Mrs.) L.S. Dewaraja
282-284 Going for Refuge/Taking the Precepts, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
285-286 Buddhism & Social Action, by Ken Jones
292-293 Buddhist Women at the Time of the Buddha, by Hellmuth Hecker
294-295 The Buddhist Layman, four essays by R. Bogoda, Susan Elbaum Jootla, and M.O'C. Walshe
298-300 Thoughts on the Dhamma, by Mahasi Sayadaw
301-302 Investigation for Insight, by Susan Elbaum Jootla
303-304 Contemplation of Feeling: The Discourse-grouping on the Feelings (Vedana-Samyutta), by Nyanaponika Thera
312 Angulimala: A Murderer's Road to Sainthood, by Hellmuth Hecker.
318-321 Samyutta Nikaya: An Anthology (Part III), by M. O'C. Walshe
322-323 The Abhidhamma in Practice, by N.K.G. Mendis
324-325 Buddhist Stories from the Dhammapada Commentary (Part II), by E.W. Burlingame (trans.) and Bhikkhu Khantipalo (ed.)
334 Anathapindika: The Great Benefactor, by Hellmuth Hecker
337-338 One Foot in the World: Buddhist Approaches to Present-day Problems, by Lily de Silva
342-342 Gemstones of the Good Dhamma (Saddhamma-maniratana): An Anthology of Verses from the Pali Scriptures, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika
345 Maha Kassapa: Father of the Sangha, by Hellmuth Hecker.
349-350 Inspiration from Enlightened Nuns, by Susan Elbaum Jootla
351-353 The Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation, by Mahathera Henepola Gunaratana
360-361 Matrceta's Hymn to the Buddha: An English rendering of the Satapañcasatka, by Ven. S. Dhammika
Two Dialogues on Dhamma, by Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano [PDF icon]
365-366 Metta: The Philosophy and Practice of Universal Love, by Acharya Buddharakkhita
367-369 Dana: The Practice of Giving, edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi
370-371 Satipatthana Vipassana: Insight Through Mindfulness, by Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw
375-376 The Essential Practice: Dhamma Discourses of Venerable Webu Sayadaw (Part 1), by Webu Sayadaw; translated from the Burmese by Roger Bischoff
377-379 The Discourse on Right View, by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli (trans.) and Bhikkhu Bodhi, (ed.).
384-385 The Essential Practice: Dhamma Discourses of Venerable Webu Sayadaw (Part 2), by Webu Sayadaw; translated from the Burmese by Roger Bischoff
386-387 The Edicts of King Asoka, by Ven. S. Dhammika
390-391 The Lion's Roar: Two Discourses of Buddha, by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli, trans.; Bhikkhu Bodhi, ed.
392-393 Violence and Disruption in Society: A Study of the Early Buddhist Texts, by Elizabeth J. Harris
394-396 Fundamentals of Buddhism: Four Lectures, by Nyanatiloka Mahathera
397-398 A Simple Guide to Life, by Robert Bogoda
399-401 Buddhism in Myanmar: A Short History, by Roger Bischoff
402-404 Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka, by A.G.S. Kariyawasam
405-406 Maha Kaccana: Master of Doctrinal Exposition, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Nibbana As Living Experience/The Buddha and The Arahant: Two Studies from the Pali Canon, by Lily de Silva [PDF icon]
A Treatise on the Paramis, by Acariya Dhammapala (6th c.), translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi [PDF icon]
414-416 Teacher of the Devas, by Susan Elbaum Jootla
Vangisa: An Early Buddhist Poet, by John D. Ireland [PDF icon]
The Buddha's Encounters With Mara, by Ananda W.P. Guruge [PDF icon]
433/434 The Buddha: The Man and His Mission, by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Bodhi Leaves   

Bodhi Leaves were published by the BPS as small hand-size booklets ranging between 16 and 40 pages in length (about 10 pages on standard size paper). Less expository and more conversational in tone than the Wheels, Bodhi Leaves offer personal reflections on the Buddha's teachings, close-up focus on specific social and human problems, and practical guidelines on living by the light of the Dhamma. Newcomers to Buddhism and meditation will find these booklets very accessible.

No.     Title
14 Pride and Conceit, by Dr. Elizabeth Ashby and Brian Fawcett
15 Buddhist Meditation, by Francis Story
26 Our Reactions to Dukkha, by Dr. Elizabeth Ashby
34 Protection Through Satipatthana, by Nyanaponika Thera
36 Renunciation, by T. Prince
42 Buddhism: A Method of Mind Training, by Leonard Bullen
68 The Elimination of Anger, by Piyatissa Thera
71 The Taste of Freedom, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
79 Words Leading to Disenchantment & Samsara: Two Essays, by Soma Thera
85 Beginning Insight Meditation, and Other Essays, by Dorothy Figen
92 Radical Buddhism, by Leonard Price
93 The Heart Awakened, by Eileen Siriwardhana
95 Meditating on No-self, by Sister Khema
96 To the Cemetery and Back, by Leonard Price
102 Bhikkhu Tissa Dispels Some Doubts, by Leonard Price
Positive Response: How to Meet Evil With Good, by Acharya Buddharakkhita [PDF icon]
111 Our Real Home, by Ajaan Chah
115 Anapana Sati: Meditation on Breathing, by Ariyadhamma Mahathera
The Self-made Private Prison, by Lily de Silva [PDF icon]
122 To Light a Fire: A Dhamma Discourse, by Ven. Webu Sayadaw
Radical Therapy: Buddhist Precepts and the Modern World, by Lily de Silva [PDF icon]
Prisoners of Karma, by Suvimalee Karunaratna [PDF icon]
129 The Living Message of the Dhammapada, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
The Blessed One's City of Dhamma: From the Milindapañha based on the translation by I.B. Horner [PDF icon]
Of Mindsets and Monkeypots retold by Petr Karel Ontl [PDF icon]
132 Ministering to the Sick and Terminally Ill, by Lily de Silva
133 A Taste of the Holy Life: An Account of an International Ordination in Myanmar, by Susan Elbaum Jootla
134 A Journey into Buddhism, by Elizabeth J. Harris
135 Jataka Tales of the Buddha, Part I, retold by Ken & Visakha Kawasaki
137 Der Nutzen von Gehmeditation, by Sayadaw U Silananda
138 Jataka Tales of the Buddha, Part II, retold by Ken & Visakha Kawasaki
139 Buddhist Culture, The Cultured Buddhist, by Robert Bogoda
The Healing of the Bull, by Suvimalee Karunaratna [PDF icon]
Detachment and Compassion in Early Buddhism, by Elizabeth J. Harris [PDF icon]
142 Jataka Tales of the Buddha, Part III, retold by Ken & Visakha Kawasaki
143 Discourses of the Ancient Nuns, translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Jataka Tales of the Buddha, Part IV retold by Ken & Visakha Kawasaki [PDF icon]
Jataka Tales of the Buddha, Part V retold by Ken & Visakha Kawasaki [PDF icon]

Newsletter cover essays   

These short (1-3pp.) essays by Bhikkhu Bodhi offer crisp and illuminating reflections on a wide range of Dhamma topics of immediate relevance to Buddhist practitioners. Drawing on scholarship and scripture, each essay addresses a specific theme concerning basic Theravada Buddhist principles and concepts. Many of these essays serve to clarify and disentangle some crucial points of Dhamma that are frequently misunderstood within the world of popular Buddhism.

No.     Title
1 A New Undertaking (Summer 1985)
2 Two Faces of the Dhamma (Autumn 1985)
3 Vision and Routine (Winter 1985)
4 Purification of Mind (Summer 1986)
5 The Case for Study (Winter 1986)
6 Dhamma Without Rebirth? (Spring 1987)
7 Taking Stock of Oneself (Summer-Fall 1987)
8 The Balanced Way (Winter 1987)
9 A Look at the Kalama Sutta (Spring 1988)
10 A Statement of Conscience (Summer-Fall 1988)
11 The Vital Link (Winter 1988)
12 A Remedy for Despair (Spring 1989)
13 The Problem of Conflict (Summer-Fall 1989)
14 The Quest for Meaning (Winter 1989)
15 The Search for Security (Spring 1990)
16 Self-transformation (Summer-Fall 1990)
17 A Note on Openness (Vedana-Samyutta)
18 Laying Down the Rod (Spring 1991)
19 An Auspicious Month (Summer-Fall 1991)
20 The Nobility of the Truths (Winter 1991-92)
21 Refuge in the Buddha (Spring 1992)
22 The Five Spiritual Faculties (Winter 1992-93)
23 The Guardians of the World (Spring 1993)
24 Tolerance and Diversity (Summer-Fall 1993)
25 From Views to Vision (Winter 1993-94)
26 Association with the Wise (1st mailing, 1994)
27,29 Dhamma and Non-duality (2nd mailing, 1994 & 1st mailing, 1995)
28 For the Welfare of Many (3rd mailing, 1994)
30,31 Toward a Threshold of Understanding (2nd & 3rd mailings, 1995)
32 Meeting the Divine Messengers (1st mailing, 1996)
33 Walking Even Amidst the Uneven (2nd mailing, 1996)
34 Message for a Globalized World (3rd mailing, 1996)
35 Aims of Buddhist Education (1st mailing, 1997)
36 A Discipline of Sobriety (2nd mailing, 1997)
37 Subrahma's Problem (3rd mailing, 1997)
38 Giving Dignity to Life (1st mailing, 1998)
Lifestyles and Spiritual Progress (2nd mailing, 1998) [PDF icon]
A Tribute to Two Monks (3rd mailing, 1998) [PDF icon]
Better Than a Hundred Years (1st mailing, 1999) [PDF icon]
Two Paths to Knowledge (2nd mailing, 1999) [PDF icon]
Anicca Vata Sankhara (3rd mailing, 1999) [PDF icon]
Navigating the New Millennium (1st mailing, 2000) [PDF icon]
Two Styles of Insight Meditation (2nd mailing, 2000) [PDF icon]
Does Rebirth Make Sense? (3rd mailing, 2000) [PDF icon]