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New Website - "20th Annual Western Buddhist Monastic Gathering" / 2013 - Click Here

Formations / By: Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni

Friday was the culmination of the 19th consecutive Western Buddhist monastic gathering. I share with you some snapshots of who came and what we did so you too can benefit from our gathering.

To give you a sense of who were were – we numbered 42 from nine states. We had monastics who had traveled here from Canada, Korea and New Zealand and came from ten different countries of origin. Our gathering included Theravada, Soto Zen, Chinese Chan and Tibetan traditions. Some monastics were newly ordained while some of our elders have been ordained for 30 – 40 years. Together our years as monastics added up to 583 years. Like me, some have been living as a solitary monastic. Others were living in communities in monasteries. We were at City of Dharma Realm, a Chinese Chan Nun’s training monastery in Sacramento. Gratefully, we were immersed in an environment that was endowed with people keeping precepts, minds turned towards cultivation, shrines and a daily schedule of meditation, sutta recitation and devotion to the Buddha Dhamma and Sangha. Read More ~ Click Here

What if the Buddha Said, "Who Are You? - Kusala Bhikshu - 9/21/2014

The Four Noble Truths - Kusala Bhikshu - 5/18/2014

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TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA // The world-renowned Teachings of the Buddha series, developed under the guidance of the scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, features English translations of the historic Buddha’s original teachings. These teachings, which range from basic ethics and proper human relations, to instructions in meditation and liberating insight, unfold in a fascinating procession of scenarios that often show the Buddha in living dialogue with people from the many different strata of ancient Indian society. After the Buddha’s passing, a record of what he said was maintained as an oral tradition. Those who heard the teachings would periodically meet with others for communal recitations of what they had heard and memorized. In due course, these recitations from memory were written down, laying the basis for all subsequent Buddhist literature. --  Click Here



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With more than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words... This is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Unlike reference works that focus on a single Buddhist language or school, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism bridges the major Buddhist traditions to provide encyclopedic coverage of the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites from across the history of Buddhism. The main entries offer both a brief definition and a substantial short essay on the broader meaning and significance of the term covered. Extensive cross-references allow readers to find related terms and concepts. An appendix of Buddhist lists (for example, the four noble truths and the thirty-two marks of the Buddha), a timeline, six maps, and two diagrams are also included.

Written and edited by two of today's most eminent scholars of Buddhism, and more than a decade in the making, this landmark work is an essential reference for every student, scholar, or practitioner of Buddhism and for anyone else interested in Asian religion, history, or philosophy.

  • The most comprehensive dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English
  • More than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words
  • The first dictionary to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions--Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean
  • Detailed entries on the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites in the history of Buddhism
  • Cross-references and appendixes that allow readers to find related terms and look up equivalent terms in multiple Buddhist languages
  • Includes a list of Buddhist lists, a timeline, and maps
  • Also contains selected terms and names in Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Lao, Khmer, Sinhalese, Newar, and Mongolian



The "Access to Insight" Android App
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The offline version of Access To Insight (http://www.accesstoinsight.org) for Android devices. Access To Insight is a popular website that presents a large collection of readings in Theravada Buddhism. This app allows you to take (almost) the whole website with you to read when you are not connected to the Internet.

eBooks for Free Download


Anguttara Nikaya / Free Download / Click Here


Visuddhimagga / The Path of Purification
Translation by Bhikkhu Nanamoli / Free Download / Click Here

last days

The Parinibbana Sutta / Free Download / Click Here


Mindfulness of Breathing
by Bhikkhu Nanamoli / Free Download / Click Here


The Buddha and His Teachings
by Ven. Narada / Free Download / Click Here


"Selves & Not-Self"
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu / Free Download / Click Here


Monks in the West - 2012 / City of Ten Thousand Buddhas / October 8-11, 2012
Back Row - Br. Luke Devine / Fr. Michael Peterson / Ajahn Yatkio / Br. Gregory Perron / Fr. Cyprian Consigilo // Not Shown - Rev. Master Jisho
Front Row - D.M. Jin Young / Fr. William Skudlarek / Ajahn Guna / Fr. David Brock / Rev. Heng Sure / Kusala Bhikshu / Ajahn Jotipalo / Br. Lawrence Morey / Rev. Berthold Olson

Conference Overview / Click Here


2014 Buddhist Calendar
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A Photo Essay of the Four Places of Buddhist Pilgrimage in India & Nepal - PDF - 5.97 MB


LUMBINI: “Here the Tathagata was born! This, Ananda, is a place that a pious disciple should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence.”

BUDDHAGAYA: “Here the Tathagata attained the unexcelled Supreme Enlightenment! This, Ananda, is a place that a pious disciple should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence.”

SARNATH: “Here the Tathagata set rolling the Wheel of Dhamma! This, Ananda, is a place that a pious disciple should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence.”

KUSINARA: “Here the Tathagata passed away into Parinibbana. This, Ananda, is a place that a pious disciple should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence.”

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New!!! - The objective of this 100 page booklet is to acquaint the Buddhist laity on the origin and significance of the various types of Buddhist shrines in existence. In this way they will be able to appreciate the historical basis and role of shrines in Buddhism. This is because the shrine plays an integral role in their spiritual life.

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Buddhist Pilgrimage / New Edition 2009 by Bro. Chan Khoon San


The idea of a pilgrimage originated from the Buddha twenty-five centuries ago! Before he passed into Mahaparinibbana, the Buddha advised pious disciples to visit four holy places the sight of which will arouse faith and religious urgency after He was gone, namely: Lumbini, Buddhagaya, Sarnath and Kusinara. The pious disciple should visit these places and look upon them with feelings of reverence, reflecting on the particular event of the Buddha’s life connected with each place. Since the Mahaparinibbana of the Buddha, these four shrines of Buddhism have become the focal points for pious disciples to rally around and seek inspiration. By the time of King Asoka, four more places, namely: Savatthi, Sankasia, Rajagaha and Vesali, that were closely associated with the Buddha and scenes of His principal miracles, were added to the pilgrimage itinerary. Together, they make the Eight Great Places of Pilgrimage.

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The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts.

“An Introductory Course on Early Buddhism

Buddhism Course
Compiled and published for free distribution
by Bro. Chan Khoon San


Over the last few years, several readers have indicated to me that the articles in the Introductory Course on Buddhism were too brief and should be expanded to provide more details. This new book entitled “Buddhism Course” is a carefully researched and upgraded version. It contains 17 chapters dealing with most of the relevant topics on Buddhism, such as: Life of the Buddha, Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Noble Path, Dependent Origin, Law of Kamma, Death and Rebirth, Five Destinations, World Cycles when Buddhas Appear, Ten Bases of Meritorious Action, Buddhist Vipassana Meditation, Recollection of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and the Three Baskets (Tipitaka) in Buddhism.

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"No Hinayana in Buddhism" - A New Booklet in PDF by Bro. Chan Khoon San - Click Here


Is Doing Good Compatible with Making Money?
by Carleen Hawn

Thirty Years as a Western Buddhist Monk
Ajahn Pasanno

 Ven. Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen / 1924 - 2009
The Passing of Ven. Gyeltsen

 Barry Kapke (Kondañña) / 1955 - 2008
The Passing of Barry Kapke

Buddhism and Psychedelics
Geoffrey Redmond, MD

Meditation on a Coke Can
Elliott Zimmermann

Finding My Religion
Rev. Heng Sure

The Zen of Guitar

Macintosh Monk
Julie Strack

Reflections on Mara
Rev. Jnana

 Nuns in the West III
Sr. Katherine Ann Smolik

Neuroscience and Spirituality
Peter G. Grossenbacher, Ph.D.

Meditation Alters Brain Structure
Sharon Begley

A Buddhist Perspective on Fasting
Rev. Heng Sure

How Will the Sangha Fare in American Buddhism?
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi


Buddhist Eco


Buddhist Economics / A Middle Way for the Market Place - By Ven. P. A. Payutto

Buddhist Economics / Free Download PDF (253 KB) / Click Here

Translated by Dhammavijaya and Bruce Evans
Compiled by Bruce Evans and Jourdan Arenson



The Shobogenzo / Dogen

A new translation from Shasta Abby of the classic Zen
text... The Shobogenzo by Sōtō Zen Master Eihei Dōgen.

Free Download / in PDF / 1144 pages

The Shōbōgenzō is the recognized spiritual masterpiece by the thirteenth century Japanese Sōtō Zen Master Eihei Dōgen. It is comprised of discourses that he gave to his disciples, in person or in writing, at various times between 1231 and his death twenty-two years later at age fifty-three.† These discourses cover a wide range of topics pertinent to those in monastic life though often also relevant to those training in lay life. He discusses matters of daily behavior and religious ceremonial as well as issues involving the Master-disciple relationship. He also explores the deeper meaning that informs the so-called Zen kōan stories, which often puzzle readers by their seeming illogicality and contrary nature.

Mirror of Wisdom / Teachings on Emptiness - by Ven. Geshe Gyeltsen

Buddha Shakyamuni taught the Perfection of Wisdom, otherwise known as the Wisdom Gone Beyond, on Vulture's Peak, Rajgir, in what is today the Indian state of Bihar.

These sutras focus on the subject of emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality, and the Heart Sutra is one of the most significant. It is a beautifully condensed version of the Buddha’s teachings on emptiness, containing their essential meaning in only a few lines. Geshe Gyeltsen tells us that by integrating this teaching with our minds, it is possible for us to become enlightened within a single lifetime.

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A Buddhist Guide to Death, Dying and Suffering
Audio / eBooks / Articles / Free Download / Click Here

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