Questions 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:
This is 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.
These 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 means. e-book.
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.
This is 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.
Yesterday is 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.
Principles of 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”.
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
The Wheel 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.
This in 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.
A comprehensive 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.