Buddhist Stories from the Khandhakas: Selections from The Book of the Discipline—Epub, Kindle, PDF

Have you ever thought about reading the Vinaya but aren’t sure where to start? This new edition of the section called the Khandhakas was made for you.

The Vinaya is mostly guidelines for the monastic community. It also contains countless stories about both monastics and lay people. It begins with the moment after the Buddha’s enlightenment and tells the story of the founding of the Bhikkhu Sangha until the joining of Vens. Sariputta and Maha Moggallana. It then tells stories of the ways the community was guided by the Buddha. It ends with the stories of the first two great councils.

From the Preface:

The Vinaya is a source of not only valuable spiritual teachings, but a rich collection of humanizing stories. There are stories of great virtue and great vice, great wisdom and great foolishness. Because the Vinaya Pitaka also contains an impressive amount of intricate training rules for monastics, it is often skipped over by people who might otherwise benefit. The current edition of the Khandhakas is an attempt to make it easier for people to discover their next spiritual inspiration.

Although the title of this edition specifically calls out stories, many of the passages that are also found in the Sutta Pitaka are included. As well, a rather long section, chapter 18, contains detailed instructions on how to go about the daily chores of living in a monastery. Because they are the story of every day life, they have also been included.

Within chapters an ellipsis is included where material has been removed. As well, the footnotes have been removed as they rarely related to the narrative drive of the stories. All the titles remain as they are in the original edition so if you want to learn more you can. The original publication can be found on the download page of SuttaCentral.net.

This edition is only possible through the Pali Text Society’s generous release of I. B. Horner’s complete tranlsation of the Vinaya Pitaka under a Creative Commons Licence as well as the hard work of many individuals at SuttaCentral to bring it into digital form, particularly Bhante Brahmali and Bhante Sujato.

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Verses of the Senior Monks: Theragatha Ebook by Bhikkhu Sujato—EPUB, Kindle, PDF

This is an unofficial edition of the translation of the Theragatha by Bhikkhu Sujato found on SuttaCentral.net. It is also available in paperback and hardback from lulu.

This is a very modern and easy to read translation. It is the perfect text to read a little bit from each day or take with you into the forest to read under a tree.

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Here are some of the verses of Arahant Ananda:

Gotama is learned, a brilliant speaker,
The attendant to the Buddha.
Unfettered, with burden put aside,
He lies down to sleep.

Unfettered, his defilements have ended,
He has transcended attachments,
and has attained nibbāna.
He bears his final body,
Gone beyond birth and death.

Gotama, in whom the teachings of the Buddha,
The Kinsman of the Sun, are established,
Stands on the path
Leading to nibbāna.

I learned 82,000 from the Buddha,
And 2,000 from the monks;
These 84,000
Are the teachings I have memorized.

A person of little learning
Ages like an ox—
Their flesh grows,
But their wisdom doesn’t.

A learned person who, on account of their learning,
Looks down on someone of little learning,
Seems to me like
A blind man holding a lamp.

You should stay close to a learned person—
Don’t lose what you’ve learned.
It is the root of the spiritual life,
So you should memorize the Dhamma.

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Itivuttaka: The Buddha’s Sayings translated by John D Ireland, EPUB, Kindle, PDF

There is now a free edition of John D. Ireland’s 1997 translation of the Itivuttaka. The translation is fluent and modern. This particular digital edition has the narrator lines reconstructed giving this collection its unique flavour.

The Itivuttaka is one of the ancient collections found in the Khuddaka Nikaya. It contains 112 short suttas organized numerically like the Anguttara Nikaya. They each contain a short teaching followed by a retelling in verse. This is a great collection to use as a super short daily reading practice.

This is the same translation that has been made into an audio book. Get the free Itivuttaka audio book here.

If you would like to buy the official printed edition, it is available from the Buddhist Publication Society here and now a new printing through Pariyatti.

Also, there is a complete translation of the Itivuttaka by Ajahn Thanissaro available to download or order from Metta Forest Monastery as well as a translation by Mahamevnawa available on amazon.com.

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Life of the Buddha According to the Pali Canon – Free PDF

The complete PDF version of Bhikkhu Nanamoli’s anthology Life of the Buddha According to the Pali Canon is now available as a free download from Pariyatti.org.

This anthology pieces together the biographical information about the Buddha into a continuous narrative from throughout the Pali canon. Several features make this book uniquely valuable:

  • Many books about the Buddha do not make clear where the material is coming from. In this book it gives clear references to the original texts or makes clear that material comes from the ancient commentaries.
  • Texts from the Vinaya: This is one of the only easily available English sources of text from the Vinaya in print form. Most of the Vinaya is rules for the monks and nuns but there are many important parts of the Buddha’s life explained
  • There are also texts that explain basic doctrinal information. In many cases repetitions are removed to make it easier for people new to reading suttas.

Be sure to read and understand the explanation of the “cast” of voices that the author uses to present the text, found on the page immediately before the first reading.

You may also want to print out a copy of the simple chart of the Sutta Pitaka to refer to until you are familiar with all of the citations.

Download:
https://store.pariyatti.org/Life-of-the-Buddha–According-to-the-Pali-Canon–PDF-eBook_p_1412.html

Scroll down and look for the free download link. Pariyatti is an official publisher of this book (along with the Buddhist Publication Society) so this is a legitimate offer. Now, if you buy the print edition you get a free copy of an epub and mobi. Or you can buy the epub and mobi alone.

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Anguttara Nikaya: Selections from the Numerical Discourses: Free Kindle, Epub, Mobi, PDF, docx, html

This is an ebook version of the selections previously published on the Wisdom Publications website for non-commercial distribution. They are from the book The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Complete Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

You may like to use a checklist to track what you have read so you can at a later point go back and complete the nikaya.

For a complete ebook translation of the Anguttara Nikaya, you can download the translation by Bhikkhu Sujato.

If your Kindle cannot read the AZW3 file, then convert the EPUB to MOBI.

These selections have been made available for non-commercial use only.

If you plan on buying the ebook version of the complete book, be sure to buy it from wisdompubs.org directly instead of from Amazon.

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Majjhima Nikaya: Selections from the Middle Length Discourses: Free Kindle, Epub, Mobi, PDF, .docx, .xhtml

This is an ebook version of the selections previously published on the Wisdom Publications website for non-commercial distribution. They are from the book The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya translated by Bhikkhu Nyanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi.

This collection contains almost one third of the complete book. You may like to use a checklist to track what you have read so you can at a later point go back and complete the nikaya.

These selections have been made available for non-commercial use only.

If you plan on buying the ebook version of the complete book, be sure to buy it from wisdompubs.org directly instead of from Amazon.

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Jataka Full Translation by E. B. Cowell: Epub, Kindle, Mobi

This is a six volume text of the Pali stories of the Buddha’s former births. It was originally issued in print by Cambridge University Press and by Luzac and Co. between 1895 and 1907. You can find various print editions on line, but the text itself in now in the public domain.

Download Directory with E. B Cowell’s Jataka Translation

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EPUB

The six books are available as EPUB and AZW3 files. The AZW3 is good for all but the oldest of Amazon Kindle. If they don’t work for your Kindle, use a converter to create MOBIs from the EPUB.

The original EPUB books were created by Ven. Yuttadhammo. These files were reformatted to improve the reading experience. You can find links to the original HTML files as well as PDF Scans here.

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Samyutta Nikaya: Selections from the Connected Discourses: Free Kindle, Epub, Mobi

This is an ebook version of the over 800 suttas from Bhikkhu Bodhi’s Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya,  previously published on found on the Wisdom Publication website. These translations have been released for free non-commercial distribution.

You may like to use a checklist to track what you have read so you can at a later point go back and complete the nikaya.

For a complete translation of the Samyutta Nikaya as an ebook, you can download a translation by Bhikkhu Sujato.

These selections have been made available for non-commercial use only.

If you plan on buying the ebook version of the complete book, be sure to buy it from wisdompubs.org directly instead of from Amazon.

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Pali Language Ebooks, Kindle and Epub

The Following are e-books of the Pali Nikayas in the Pali language. The original code comes from the Vipassana Research Institute CST4.0 software which is based on the Burmese Sixth Council edition. They are intended for personal use only and may not be sold under any circumstances.

[Note: some e-pub devices will not break long words to fit on the page. You may need to temporarily change the display size. This is not a problem on the Kindle]

Digha Nikaya Kindle

Digha Nikaya EPUB

Majjima Nikaya Kindle


Majjima Nikaya EPUB

Samyutta Nikaya Kindle


Samyutta Nikaya EPUB

Anguttara Nikaya

AN Complete (1–11) MOBI EPUB

Khuddaka Nikaya

Dhammapada MOBI EPUB
Udana MOBI EPUB
Itivuttaka MOBI EPUB
Sutta Nipata MOBI EPUB
Petavatthu MOBI EPUB


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Dhammapada Origin Stories: Buddhist Legends, translated by E. W. Burlingame, Kindle ebook

This is a e-book edition of Buddhist Legends: Books 1–26 by Eugene Watson Burlingame. It was originally published as part of the Harvard Oriental Series and is now available in print from the Pali Text Society. The translation is in the public domain, although this e-book edition is strictly for free distribution.

This e-book edition contains the complete set of origin stories to the verses of the Dhammapada as found in the Pali commentaries. The original print publication contained summaries of each story along with an introduction and index.

The language style is very readable despite being close to one hundred years old. A few Dhamma terms are somewhat incorrectly translated, such as “returning thanks” instead of “rejoicing in merit” for anumodana. As with any old translation the reader should be cautious.

There are still some typos left over from the scanning process, although it is quite readable. The footnotes are especially error prone. Check back to this page for future updates.

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Complete PDF scans of the original book can be found on archive.org.

You can find another free e-book edition of this text with improved footnotes, as well as an on-line edition,  at Ancient-Buddhist-Texts.net.

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