In the Hope of Nibbana by Winston L King

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Buddhism is deeply woven into the fabric of life in Myanmar (formerly Burma), where an insular history made it ideal place to study the influence of the Buddha's teaching on a culture and people. The author provides an overview of Buddhist psychology, the process of self-perfection, and a description of the ultimate goal of Nibbana. The layperson's dedication to performing meritorious actions "in the hope of Nibbana" is a central theme, along with the struggle to align ethical values with the realities of the modern world.

Dr. Winston L. King, a professor of religious studies, also authored Buddhism and Christianity: Some Bridges of Understanding; A Thousand Lives Away; Theravada Meditation: The Buddhist Transformation of Yoga. In the Hope of Nibbana was written after two years of study in Burma during the early 1960s; he wrote a postscript for this new edition shortly before he passed away at the age of 92.

Published by: Pariyatti Press
Publication Date: December  2001

Approaching the Dhamma By Anne M. Blackburn & Jefffrey Samuels (Ed)

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Buddhist Texts, Practices in South, SE Asia

Eleven essays from leading scholars in Buddhist Studies honor the late Godwin Samararatne, "scholar, meditation master, social work, and spiritual friend to many in Sri Lanka and beyond." Each essay offers new interpretations of Buddhist texts and practices central to the life of the Dhamma in South and Southeast Asia. The gamut of topics range from Buddhist theory and origin, to practice and application.

The authors address complex questions related to the interpretation and understanding of Buddhism. A diverse range of positions stratify the meaning of the Buddha's teaching through contextual discussions about attitudes, death, emotion, social service, ritual performance, past lives, lay meditation, and more.

Published by: BPS Pariyatti Editions
Publication Date: June  03

It’s Always Possible

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by Kiran Bedi.
Transforming one of the largest prisons of the World.

Many aspects of prison management were transformed under Dr. Kiran Bedi's administration at Tihar Prison, India, as she sought to humanize conditions for the prisoners. The chapter Vipassana and the Magical Metamorphosis details the introduction and benefits of Vipassana there. Written under a Nehru Fellowship after her two-year tenure at Tihar, It's Always Possible will be especially interesting to those pursuing penal reform.
Published by: Sterling Publishers Private Limited

I Dare: Kiran Bedi - A Biography

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By Parmesh Dangwal.
Revised and updated edition 2001

Meditation Now: Inner Peace through Inner Wisdom

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A collection of essays and talks by S.N.Goenka, commemorating his 2002 teaching tour of North America.

This new collection of talks and writings by S. N. Goenka commemorates the 2002 North American tour by this eminent teacher of Vipassana meditation. Includes three talks given to world leaders at the World Economic Forum, Davos, and a previously unpublished interview conducted by Alan AtKisson.
 • S. N. Goenka: A Teacher for the World
 • Vipassana Meditation and the Laws of Nature: an Interview with S.N. Goenka by Alan AtKisson
 Essays by S. N. Goenka
 • Hatred Is Never Appeased by Hatred
 • The Universal Message of Peace
 • Address to the Millennium World Peace Summit, August 2000
 • The Meaning of Happiness
 • Religion
 • Anger
 • The Art of Living
 • How to Defend the Republic
 • Awareness of Natural Respiration
 • Walk the Path Yourself
 • The Importance of Daily Meditation
 • Awaken in Wisdom
 • The Essence of Wisdom
 • Work Out Your Own Salvation
 • Freedom from Addiction
 • The Merits of Dana
 Published by: Vipassana Research Publications
 Publication Date: May 02
 Softcover, 120 pages
 ISBN: 1-928706-23-1

The Historical Buddha by Hans Wolfgang Schumann

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An intellectual biography of the founder of one of the world's great religions by H.W. Schumann now published in a new translation by M. O'C Walshe.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Arkana (7 Dec 1989)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0140192034
ISBN-13: 978-0140192032
Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm

Realizing Change

Ian Heathrington
Vipassana Meditation in Action by Ian Heathrington

Listen to the myriad voices of people who are "Realizing Change" by practicing Vipassana meditation. In this book a worldwide chorus of voices expresses the subtle yet profound experience of change activated by the practice of Vipassana. People from every walk of life, every country and culture, every age have found Vipassana a steady anchor in the gale-force winds of change that buffet us all. By facing reality head-on through direct observation, rather than reacting, impermanence itself becomes the very medium of transformation. The result, ironically, is greater stability, happiness and creativity.

People from every walk of life, every country and culture, every age have found Vipassana a steady anchor in the gale-force winds of change that buffet us all. By facing reality head-on through direct observation, rather than reacting, impermanence itself becomes the very medium of transformation. The result, ironically, is greater stability, happiness and creativity.

Come, listen to the voices . . .

Ian Hetherington has gathered a worldwide chorus of voices which express the subtle yet profound experience of change activated by the practice of Vipassana. He is himself a long-time practitioner of Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka.

The Moon Appears When the Water is Still

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Reflections of the Dhamma

By Ian McCrorie

Culled from the Buddha's teaching, contemporary literature, and the author's own life lessons, this book is a gently humorous, powerful yet sweet gathering of story-poems, offered as a help when read or recalled at the time when they are most needed. Those practicing meditation may find refreshment, joy and a challenge to apply their practice in daily life; others may find an observant and empathetic voice in these lines. 
In India I came upon a beggar woman
covered in dust and grime
seated at the side of the road.
Someone had given her a plate of food
which had attracted a mangy and growling mad dog.
He too was hungry
And without hesitation she shared
her only food with him.
He ate and then lay down at her feet.

Locked in their respective kammas
there was still room for kindness.
And if I could speak her language
(I spoke unilingual affluence
and she all the dialects of abject poverty)
I would beg her to tell me
how her heart can shine so brightly
beneath the dust of her life.

Ian McCrorie has travelled the world, studied with renowned teachers, lived as a recluse in meditation, and returned to the householder's life. He and his wife live in Ottawa, Ontario.
Slowing down and attending
to just this breath allows
the reality of Now to reveal its nature.
Published by: Pariyatti Press
Publication Date: May 2003

The Caravan of Dhamma

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Diary of Goenka’s “ Meditation Now” tour of Europe and America 2002
In 2002, at the age of 78, Goenkaji embarked on a remarkable Dhamma tour of the West. He traveled for 128 days through Europe and North America, giving many Dhamma talks, leading meditation sessions, giving media interviews and guiding students in private interviews along the way.

The Vision of Dhamma: Buddhist Writings of Nyanaponika Thera

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Written by a Westerner whose life experience was as a Buddhist monastic, this collection of essays conveys a friendly spirit, in the manner of a wise and practical teacher.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Pariyatti Publishing; 2 Enlarged edition (November 1, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1928706037
ISBN-13: 978-1928706038
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches

The Clock of Vipassana has Struck by Sayagyi U BA Khin

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A compendium of writings by and about U Ba Khin published to commemorate the centenary year of his birth. A commentary by S.N. Goenka, including rare photographs of the chain of teachers.

It was published to commemorate the centenary of Sayagyi's birth.

(Edited by Pierluigi Confalonieri.)

Pali Workbook

Pali exercises and word puzzles for both beginning & continuing students. Spiral bound.

The Quiet Mind by John Coleman

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The Quiet Mind is a classic (and true) story of a spiritual odyssey. John Coleman, a CIA agent in Asia in the 1950's, is forced to resign when his cover is blown. He embarks on a vigorous pursuit of a different sort: a quest for spiritual truth.

Coleman travels through India, Burma, Japan and Thailand and encounters such legendary teachers as Krishnamurti, Maharishi, D.T. Suzuki and Sayagyi U Ba Khin. His search for peace of mind and liberating insights comes to fruition in Yangon (Rangoon) under the tutelage of the great Vipassana meditation master U Ba Khin.

First published in 1970, The Quiet Mind has been out of print for many years; this new edition will be welcomed by a new generation of seekers and those already familiar with it.

Published by: Pariyatti Press
Publication Date: November  2000

The Gem Set in Gold

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Dhamma chanting in Pali and  Hindi with English translation from a 10 Day Course
For many years, meditators have wanted to understand the meaning of the words chanted by S.N.Goenka during the popular ten-day Vipassana course. This is the first thorough compilation of these words of Dhamma, and their translation into English, along with Pali and Hindi.

As a teacher, Goenka ji has always given primary importance to patipatti, the practice, because it is only the experience of reality as it is that can purify the mind and relieve suffering. This is the gem of the Dhamma. Hand in hand with the practice of meditation, however, is pariyatti, the theoretical foundation, like the protective golden setting for a valuable gem.

This rich collection of inspirational passages from the Buddha and from a contemporary Dhamma teacher of rare qualities is impressive as pariyatti. It is in conjunction with meditation practice, however, that this volume lives up to its name.

"Pariyatti and patipatti - study accompanied by practice - these two seem to me like a gem, the beauty of which is enhanced by its golden setting." S.N.Goenka.

Old Path White Clouds

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The life story of the Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh
Drawn directly from over 24 Pali, Sanskrit and Chinese sources and retold by the author, this book traces the Buddha's life slowly and gently over the course of 80 years, partly through the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy, and partly through the eyes of the Buddha himself. Thich Nhat Hanh is the author of "Miracle of Mindfulness" and "Being Peace".

Going Forth

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A Call to Buddhist Monkhood by Sumana Samanera

An essay and letters on the subject of becoming a monk by the German author who took ordination in 1906 in Sri Lanka.

Collected Wheel Publications

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Volume 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 by BPS.

A Manual of the Excellent Man

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Uttamanisa Dipani by Ledi Sayadaw
An inspiring and intellectually astute work geared to the practice of insight meditation written by the great Burmese philosopher-monk, Ledi Sayadaw.

Ledi Sayadaw is renowned as the father of the modern insight meditation tradition which spread from Myanmar outwards to the rest of the world. This book was written in response to a letter from a lay follower posing ten questions on important points of Buddhist teaching. The work begins with an explanation of the Theravada conception of the bodhisattva, and of the ten perfections a bodhisattva must fulfill to reach perfect enlightenment. The author then launches into a detailed exploration of the five aggregates that make up human existence. As his treatise unfolds he also gives coverage to the Four Noble Truths, dependent origination, the five kinds of maras, and the nature of nibbana. Again and again, the Sayadaw impresses on his readers the need to take up the practice of the Dhamma in full earnestness, not remaining content with mere deeds of merit but striving along the path of insight meditation that leads to realization of the goal.

Letters from The Dhamma Brothers

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Meditation Behind Bars by Jenny Phillips
Through intimate letters, interviews, and stories, this narrative reveals the impact that a life-changing retreat had on a group of inmates at the highest level maximum-security state prison in Alabama. The 38 participants in the first-ever intensive, silent 10-day program inside the walls of a corrections facility - many serving life sentences without parole - detail the range of their experiences, the depth of their understanding of the Buddha's teachings gained by direct experience, and their setbacks and successes. During the Vipassana meditation program, they face the past and their miseries and emerge with a sense of peace and purpose. This compelling story shows the capacity for commitment, self-examination, renewal, and hope within a dismal penal system and a wider culture that demonizes prisoners.

In the Buddha's Words

An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon.

edited and introduced by Bhikkhu Bodi

Forward by The Dalai Lama