on What is Buddhism, Basic Buddhist Concepts, The Buddhist Scriptures,
About Monks and Nuns, Rebirth, Vegetarianism, Becoming a Buddhist,
Buddhism and the God-idea are answered by an Australian monk, Venerable
S. Dhammika. Also available as a BuddhaNet E-Book:
a well written article on the basic teachings of Buddhism by Mike
Butler. An excellent introduction for the beginner who is looking
for just the salient features of the Buddha's Teachings.
"The Buddha and His Message, Past, Present, and Future"
is a lecture given on Vesak Day by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi at the United
Nations, 15 May 2000. This lecture by a western Buddhist monk, encapsulates
the Buddha's Teachings with an excellent overview of Buddhism.
Dr Peter D. Santina
covers what we might call the basic Buddhist teachings over a series
of twelve lectures. The basic teachings outlined here are the Life
of the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path,
Karma, Rebirth, Dependent Origination, The Three Universal Characteristics
and The Five Aggregates. This text puts Buddhism into its context
- the pre-Buddhist background with an overview of Buddhism from
a modern perspective. e-book.
This is a classic on the basics of Buddhism by Ven. Narada Thera:
The Story of the Buddha; The Teachings (Dhamma) is it a philosophy?
Is Buddhism a religion? Is Buddhism an Ethical system? Some salient
features of Buddhism. Karma or the Law of Moral Causation. Rebirth.
Dependent Arising (Paticca Samuppada). Anatta or Soul-lessness.
Nibbana and the Path to Nibbana. e-book.
extracts from The Four Noble Truths are from various talks given
by Venerable Ajahn Sumedho on the central teaching of the Buddha:
that the unhappiness of humanity can be overcome through spiritual
This "Life Of The Buddha" has been prepared for Secondary
School students. There are exercises with each story which Dhamma
Teachers can elaborate on when it is used as a text book. However,
while the stories are simple and brief, they do follow the scriptural
tradition and so are of value for the general reader who wishes
to learn about the Buddha's life.
a comprehensive and authentic book on the Buddha and his Teachngs.by
Piyadassi. The author, Venerable Mahathera Piyadassi is one of the
world's most eminent Buddhist monks, a highly revered teacher of
great renown, an indefatigable worker for the Buddha Dhamma. "The
ages roll by and the Buddha seems not so far away after all; his
voice whispers in our ears and tells us not to run away from the
struggle but, calm-eyed, to face it, and to see in life ever greater
opportunities for growth and advancement". e-book.
a memory; Tomorrow is the unknown - Now is the knowing. This is
an inspirational teaching by one of the foremost western monks,
Ven. Ajahn Sumedo. Taken from talks on the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha,
Anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing) and Happiness, unhappiness
and Nibbana. e-book.
Buddhism explained by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. It is a remarkable fact
that in this book Ven. Buddhadasa has explained the meaning of one
topic, thereby covering the spirit of the whole teaching or the
Tipitaka. He says that Buddhism is the religion which teaches one
to know just this much: "what is the truth?". All the
chapters in this book dealing with the five aggregates, the four
kinds of attachments, intuition in a natural way and other topics
all point to "The Truth".
given by Venerable Master Chin Kung at An-Kang Elementary School,
Taipei. Transcribed and translated into English by the Dallas Buddhist
Prince Goodspeaker, Volume 1 (stories 1-50) These two volumes of
the Jataka stories, have been seminal to the development of many
civilizations, the cultivation of moral conduct and good behaviour,
the growth of a rich and varied literature in diverse parts of the
world and the inspiration for painting, sculpture and architecture.
The Buddha himself used the Jataka Tales as teaching stories to
explain concepts like kamma and rebirth and to emphasize
the importance of moral values.e-book.
King Fruitful, Volume 2 (stories 1-50) The Jataka Tales or Buddhist
Tales for Young and Old - King Fruitful, Volume 2. These two volumes
are also available as BuddhaNet E-books - text only or illustrated.e-books
of Dependent Arising is a basic teaching of Buddhism. The Wheel
of Life, with its twelve links starting with ignorance and ending
in aging and death, shows how man, being fettered, wanders in Samsara
birth after birth.
depth book on Karma explains: 'What is Karma; Karma and Vipaka;
The Cause of Karma; Classification of Karma; Questions and Answers
on Karma and the Nature of Karma.
Buddhist Festivals and Special Days including Ceremonies for the
Dead and Funeral Rites. A Web Link to Uposatha or Observance Days.
The Thai Buddhist Calendar and Buddha's Birthday Celebrations, Vesak
or Visakah Puja.
explanation of the Buddhist Calendar from scriptural sources in
the Pali (Theravada) Buddhist canon by Ven. U Sobhana. Web link
to Uposatha or Observance Days, which are times of renewed dedication
to Dhamma practice in Theravada Buddhism.