Recommended Reading List

The Basic and Core List

Key Teachings of the Buddha on Meditation, Interpreted in Light of Vipassana

Mahasatipatthana Sutta

Satipatthana Sutta Discourses of S.N. Goenka by S.N. Goenka, condensed by Patrick Given-Wilson

The Practice of Vipassana

The Essentials of Buddha-Dhamma in Meditative Practice, by Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

The Essentials of Buddha-Dhamma in Meditative Practice CD

The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S.N. Goenka, by William Hart.

The Art of Living Audiobook, narrated by William Hart.

The Discourse Summaries by S.N. Goenka

Works by Ledi Sayadaw

The Noble Eightfold Path and Its Factors Explained, by Ledi Sayadaw, tr. U Saw Tun Teik.

The Requisites of Enlightenment, by Ledi Sayadaw, tr. U Sein Nyo Tun.

A Manual of Insight, by Ledi Sayadaw, tr. Sayadaw U Nyana.

The Buddhist Philosophy of Relations, by Ledi Sayadaw, tr. Sayadaw U Nyana.

Works by Sayagyi U Ba Khin

The Clock of Vipassana Has Struck edited by Pierluigi Confalonieri.

Works by Students of Sayagyi U Ba Khin

Essence of Tipitaka, compiled by U Ko Lay.

Works by S.N. Goenka

The Gracious Flow of Dharma by S.N. Goenka.

Dhamma Verses (book and audio tape) by S.N. Goenka.

Come, People of the World by S.N. Goenka.

Works by Students of S.N. Goenka

Karma and Chaos by Paul R Fleischman, M.D.

A Re-appraisal of Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras in the light of the Buddha’s Teaching by S.N. Tandon.


Sayagyi U ba Khin Journal.

Vipassana, Its Relevance to the Present World.

Dharma – Its True Nature.

Vipassana Pagoda.

The Wheel of Dhamma Rotates Around the World.


Original Texts and Translations


The Word of the Buddha. tr. Nyanatiloka Thera.

The Life of the Buddha, tr. & compiled by Nanamoli Thera.

Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha, tr. Nanamoli Thera.

Kalama Sutta: The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry, tr. Soma Thera.

Discourses of the Buddha: The Noble Quest, tr. I. B. Horner.

The Last Days of the Buddha, tr. Sister Vajira & Francis Story.

The Long Discourses of the Buddha, tr. Maurice Walshe.

Sutta-Nipata, tr. Dr. H. Saddhatissa.

Jataka Tales, tr. H. T. Francis and E. J. Thomas.

Ten Jataka Stories, tr. I. B. Horner.

The Mirror of the Dhamma, ed. Narada Thera & Bhikkhu Kassapa.

Pali Chanting.

Visuddhimagga: The Path of Purification, by Acariya Buddhaghosa, tr. Nanamoli Thera.

Edicts of King Ashoka, by Ven. S. Dhammika.

Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, by Bhikkhu Nyanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Great Disciples of the Buddha, by Bhikkhu Nyanaponika, Hellmult Hecker edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi.


Modern Interpretations of the Teaching of the Buddha

What the Buddha Taught, by Walpola Rahula.

The Buddha’s Ancient Path, by Piyadassi Thera.

Buddhism in a Nutshell, Narada Thera.

A Buddhist Dictionary, by Nyanatiloka Thera.

A Manual of Abhidhamma, by Narada Thera.

Indian Buddhism, by A. K. Warder.

Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism, by Harvey B. Aronson.

Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, by Bikkhu Bodhi. ?Recent update of Ven. Narada’s classic.

Buddhist India, by T. W. Rhys-Davids.

Tranquility and Insight by Amadeo Sole-Leris.

Cultivating Inner Peace by Paul R Fleischman, M.D.


Textbooks and Dictionaries of the Pali Language

Introduction to Pali, by A. K. Warder.

Introduction to Pali, (CD) read by Dr. H. Saddhatissa.

Pali-English Dictionary, by T. W. Rhys-Davids and W. F. Stede.

Pali Primer, by Lily De Silva.


Books for Children

Prince Siddhartha, by Jonathan Landaw and Janet Brooke.

Twenty Jataka Tales, retold by Noor Inayat Khan.

Jataka Tale Series.