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Ebook Translations by Bhikkhu Sujato in Epub, Kindle, PDF

Bhante Sujato’s latest complete translation of the first four books of the Pali Canon, as well as some from the fifth book are available to read on line at SuttaCentral.net. You can also get versions to download as EPUB files from their downloads page.

ReadingFathfully.org hosts multiple versions of the same text for your convenience, including Kindle, PDF, DOCX, HTML, and TXT. However if having the absolute latest corrections in the texts is important, then it is best to use the links above to SuttaCentral.

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Sutta Pitaka e-books: epub, mobi, Kindle

The following are links to Sutta texts available for e-book platforms such as the Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. Not all texts are available on all platforms.  If you know of Sutta e-books (.mobi or .epub) that are not listed, please share them in the comments below. Never loaded books directly onto your device? It’s easy.

Wisdom Publication Editions: Kindle, EPUB,  PDF, paid

The Wisdom of the Buddha Series is now available as a three-file download directly from the Wisdom Publications website, wisdompubs.org. By purchasing through the Wisdom website instead of Amazon, you will get an epub and pdf format as well as kindle. And the files will not have the DRM (restrictive copy protection) so you are free to use them on any device. To find them, simply do a title search.

Bhikkhu Sujato on SuttaCentral.net

These ebooks are from the translations on SuttaCentral.net

From ReadingFaithfully.org: Epub and Mobi, Free

All of the books available for download from ReadingFaithfully.org are allowed by their copyright to be used and shared freely. For specific requirements check the rights information in each book.

First Four Nikayas
Khuddhaka Nikaya
Vinaya

Anthologies

Original Texts in Pali: Epub, free

From this website, Mobi and Epub books in the Pali language. Includes proper font support.

Ancient Buddhist Texts: Mobi and Epub, free

All of the English language translations on ancient-buddhist-texts.net are currently available in Mobi and Epub format from the the Ancient Buddhist Texts Ebook Page. There are dozens of documents in the zipped download, including

  • The Great Emancipation (DN 16, Mahaparinibbana Sutta)
  • Exalted Utterances (The complete Udana)
  • The Discourse about the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness (MN. 10, Satipatthana Sutta)
  • The Discourse about Mindfulness while Breathing (MN. 118, Anapanasati Sutta)
  • The Short Readings (KN 1, the complete Khuddakapatha)
  • The Way to the Beyond (Sn V, the fifth chapter of the Sutta Nipata)

Ajahn Thanissaro, Metta Forest Monastery: Epub and Mobi, free

There is a growing collection at dhammatalks.org, including the complete Dhammapada and Udana, Itivuttaka, and Sutta Nipata, as well as the anthologies Into the Stream, Beyond Coping, and Mindful of the Body. Expect more to come in the near future. Now The Handful of Leaves Anthology is available as epubs.

Mahamevnawa—Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thera, Kindle, paid

All of the English Sutta translations by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gananananda are now available as Kindle Books from Amazon. Visit the Mahamevnawa Publications page to see all the books and all the purchase options.

Other Items

  • Venerable Pesala has an edited version of Venerable Narada’s Dhammapada translation along with summaries of the commentary stories. It can be found as an free epub  here. Click on the book icon.

Are you aware of other Mobi or Epub Sutta books available? Post them in the comments. Note: this page is exclusively for Sutta books.

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Therigatha, Verses of the Senior Nuns Free Ebook by Sujato Bhikkhu & Jessica Walton: Kinde, EPUB, PDF, DOCX, TXT, HTML

This is an ebook version of the translation of the Therīgāthā by Sujato Bhikkhu & Jessica Walton found on SuttaCentral.net. You can download an automatically created EPUB version directly from the site. The downloads here are simply reformatted for better reading and navigation; the translation has not been touched. They were created in June of 2019. If you are concerned about having the most up to date translation, you can download an EPUB directly from their download page.

EPUB & Kindle

The following files are suitable for use on e-ink devices such as the Kindle. The AZW3 format works on all modern e-ink Kindle devices and does not need to be converted to MOBI.

PDF & DOCX

A4 PDF & DOCX

The following are simple files suitable for printing (PDF) and editing (DOCX) onto A4 sized paper

A5 PDF & DOCX (half of A4)

The following is suitable for viewing on a tablet or printing as a booklet. Most PDF viewing software can print as a booklet automatically. When printed as a booklet, this only takes 25 sheets of paper, double sided.

The following is already prepared as a booklet to be printed on A4 paper double sided.

HTML & TXT

The following is a validated single HTML file with the complete contents of the book. You will need to unzip it.

The first version below contains Unicode characters (diacritics, typographic punctuation). The second version is a pure ASCII with all of those things stripped out.

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The King in the Forest: Teachings of the Buddha to King Pasenadi Kosala

All of the discourses preached to King Pasenadi Kosala, including stories from the commentaries.

There are few disciples of the Buddha whose faith journey can be so clearly seen over the course of a long relationship with the Buddha. King Pasenadi Kosala, though, is one of them. In this collection of all the sermons given by the Buddha to King Pasendi we can learn how one slowly applies the teachings of the Buddha to day to day life with reflection and dedication. This anthology also includes stories from the Dhammapada Commentary that further illuminate the life of this great disciple.

Translations are By Bhikkhu Sujato (MN, SN, AN) Ajahn Thanissaro (Ud) and E. Burlingame (DhpA)

Cotents

MN 86. With Aṅgulimāla
MN 87. Born From the Beloved
MN 88. The Imported Cloth
MN 89. Shrines to the Teaching
MN 90. At Kaṇṇakatthala
SN 3:1. Young
SN 3:2. A Man
SN 3:3. Old Age and Death
SN 3:4. Loved
SN 3:5. Self-Protected
SN 3:6. Few
SN 3:7. Judgment
SN 3:8. With Queen Mallikā
SN 3:9. Sacrifice
SN 3:10. Shackles
SN 3:11. Seven Matted-Hair Ascetics
SN 3:12. Five Kings
SN 3:13. A Bucket of Rice
SN 3:14. Battle (1st)
SN 3:15. Battle (2nd)
SN 3:16. A Daughter
SN 3:17. Diligence
SN 3:18. Good Friends
SN 3:19. Childless (1st)
SN 3:20. Childless (2nd)
SN 3:21. Persons
SN 3:22. Grandmother
SN 3:23. The World
SN 3:24. Archery
SN 3:25. The Simile of the Mountain
SN 44:1. With Khemā
AN 5:49 The King of Kosala
AN 10:30 Kosala (2nd)
Ud 6.2 Seclusion
Appendix: Dhammapada Commentary
DhpA 47: Viḍuḍabha Wreaks Vengeance on the Sakiyas
Story of the Past: Kesava, Kappa, Narada, and the King of Benāres
DhpA 51–52. The King and the King of Kings
DhpA 60. The King and the Poor Man with a Beautiful Wife
Story of the Past: The Hell Pot
Story of the Past: The King of Benāres and Queen Dinnā
Story of the Past: The woman who killed a ewe
DhpA 116. The Brahman with a Single Robe
DhpA 151. Queen Mallikā and Her Dog
DhpA 201. Defeat of the King of Kosala
DhpA 204. On Moderation in Eating
DhpA 355. Treasurer Childless
Story of the Past: The stingy treasurer

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Simple Chart of the Sutta Pitaka

Learn to find your way around the Sutta Pitaka with this simple chart. Knowing the structure of the Pali Canon will make you more comfortable with what you read.

Simple chart of the Sutta Pitaka including Digha Nikaya, Majjhima Nikaya, Samyutta Nikaya, Anguttara Nikaya, Khuddaka Nikaya

Below are some resources for helping you become familiar and more comfortable with the books of the Pali Sutta Pitaka.

Simple Chart

This chart (as shown in the image above) lists the five main Nikayas and the first ten books of the Khuddaka Nikaya. It also includes the common translation of the title if there is one as well as the number of suttas or verses each contains. The exact numbers sometimes varies according the the original manuscript. These numbers are based on the Sri Lankan Buddha Jayanti Edition.

Simple Chart, Four to a Page

This is the same chart with four copies on each page. This is useful to cut up and use as a bookmark so:

  • You will see it frequently
  • You can be in the habit of checking what the abbreviations stand for
  • As you learn you will have a visual sense of where each book falls in the Canon.

It is also good to carry with you so you can memorize the names and the order.

Audio Recording of the Titles

We need to not only be comfortable knowing what the books are and where to find them, but we should feel confident in pronouncing them as well. This is an MP3 recording of all the titles twice with a pause between each one so you can practice.

Puzzle

Test your knowledge by using this puzzle. See how quickly you can assemble the canon. The pieces can also be folded in half and used as small flash cards, or cut appart the Pali and English names for an extra challenge.

Have you memorized the list of the books in the Sutta Pitaka by heart? How has it helped you to feel comfortable and confident when approaching the teachings? Leave you comments below.

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Canonical Collections For Sutta Reading Practice

This is a quick guide to the Sutta Pitaka as it relates to daily sutta reading practice. You may also want to consult the articles on choosing a text based on your current experience level and time commitment. The list below follows the traditional organization of the canon. See the sources page for information on how to obtain these books, as well as the page Building a Sutta Library. Because it is recommended that we use a printed book for sutta practice, only print books, downloadable PDFs, and some Kindle documents are mentioned. This is not meant to be a comprehensive bibliography. You may want to consult the glossary for unfamiliar terms.

All of the books below contain introductions and/or notes that will allow you to approach the text directly even without much knowledge of Buddhism.

Digha Nikaya (DN)

Long Discourses. Contains 34 suttas that range in length from 5 to 47 pages. Many suttas are readily accessible to a newcomer and many are quite deep and detailed. In terms of a daily sutta practice, this text may be best suited to someone who is already familiar with one of the other nikāyas. Published books:

  • Long Discourses, translated by Bhikkhu Sujato. Not currently available in print. Available for free download as Kindle, EPUB, and PDF.
  • The Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Dīgha Nikāya by Maurice Walsh, Wisdom Publications. Complete text.
  • Found in Handful of Leaves Volume 1, translated by Ajahn Thanissaro. This anthology contains complete translations of ten suttas, and partial translations of two. Print copies from Metta Forest Monastery. Download E-books from DhammaTalks.org.

Majjhima Nikaya (MN)

Middle Length Discourses. Contains 152 suttas, most from 5 to 10 pages long. This is an excellent text for a newcomer or an experienced practitioner. It is perfectly suited for a one-sutta-per-day practice, about 15-25 minutes each day. For more details, see Majjhima Nikaya as a Daily Practice. Published books:

Samyutta Nikaya (SN)

Connected Discourses. Contains thousands of short suttas grouped by topic into 56 chapters. There is a wide variety of genres in this collection: verse, prose, questions and answers, stories, doctrinal analysis, similes, etc. Because most of the suttas are short, if one reads one sutta a day, it may require several years to complete this collection. Instead, a fixed reading time may be more appropriate, say from 10-30 minutes per day. If you have the patience and background to move through long series of analytical suttas, this text would work for a beginner, but it may be better suited to someone already familiar with one of the other nikāyas. If you are using this as your first text for practice, you may want to consider using the Handful of Leaves edition. Published books:

Anguttara Nikaya (AN)

Numerical Discourses. Contains thousands of suttas mostly one or two pages long. The suttas are grouped by the number of items around which the exposition revolves. For instance, suttas that cover three items are grouped in the Book of Threes; suttas that cover four items are grouped in the Book of Fours, etc. This collection contains lots of rich advice for practice in daily life. The suttas are generally well suited for a newcomer, especially if you use an anthology. If your time to read is limited, this collection would be well suited for a one-sutta-per-day practice. Otherwise you can read from it for a set amount of time each day. Published books:

Khudhaka Nikaya

Short Books: This nikāya is a group of smaller autonomous books, explained individually below. These texts are all good to use for daily practice. You may want to choose one to use as a backup text if you are doing a more involved practice with one of the Nikayas listed above.

Khuddakapāṭha (Khp)

This is a collection of 9 suttas. Important to read and perfect to use to get started with a one sutta a day practice. Because the collection is so small and because most suttas appear in other traditional collections, there is no stand alone print edition available. To get started quick, simply print one of the PDFs linked to below. Published books:

  • The Short Readings (Khuddakapāṭha, Khuddakanikāya 1), Translated by Ānandajoti Bhikkhu. Download from ancient-buddhist-texts.net in English (65kb) or Pāḷi and English (146kb). Look for the download link. Complete text. Complete audio recording available.
  • Khuddakapatha: Short Passages, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Complete Collection. Print copies available free from the Metta Forest Monastery as part of the Sutta Nipata publication. Download e-book from DhammaTalks.org.

Dhammapada (Dhp)

This is a collection of 423 short verses, grouped into 26 chapters. This is an excellent text for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. It takes about 4 minutes to read one chapter so it is well suited to someone with a short amount of time available. Even just reading a single verse each day will instill your life with the Blessed One’s wisdom. It is also a good secondary/backup practice text. Be sure to find a translation that is made in line with the tradition that you are practicing. Recommendations for Theravada practitioners are found below. All are complete texts.

Udana (Ud)

This collection contains 80 suttas composed of (usually) a story in prose form followed by an inspired verse. Although it is short enough to be read completely in a few hours, it is better as a short one-sutta-per-day practice. Published books:

Itivuttaka (Itv)

This collection contains 112 suttas of prose followed by verse. Most suttas are two pages or less. This is an excellent text for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. Good for a short one-sutta-per-day practice. It is also a good secondary practice text. If you are new to the sutta, you may want to start with chapter two, read to the end, and then read chapter one. Published Books

Sutta Nipāta (Sn or Snp)

Seventy one sets of verses, sometimes preceded by a prose story. Many of these suttas will be easily accessible to the newcomer; many of them are deep and profound. To use as a daily practice this collection may be better suited to someone with a background in the concepts of Theravada Buddhism. Good for a one-sutta-per-day practice. With this text especially, expect to spend some time in contemplation. Published Books:

  • The Suttanipata: An Ancient Collection of the Buddha’s Discourses Together with Its Commentaries, by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Wisdom Publications. Complete text. This edition also contains a translation of the ancient commentary. (This actually take up the majority of the book.)
  • The Rhinoceros Horn and Other Early Buddhist Poems (Sutta Nipāta), translated by K. R. Norman, with alternative translations by I. B. Horner and Ven. Walapola Rahula, Pali Text Society. Paperback edition available. Complete text.
  • Sutta Nipata: The Discourse Group, translated by Ajahn Thanissaro. Print version available free from Metta Forest Monastery. E-book from Dhammatalks.org.

Vimanavatthu (Vv)

Vimanavatthu Stories of Heavenly Mansions Book Cover

Stories of devata mansions. The two main themes of this book are 1) the comforts of the deva realm and 2) the actions that lead to rebirth in the heavenly world. Would be a good text for practice by someone with knowledge of Theravada concepts. Published Books:

  • Stories of Heavenly Mansions from the Vimanavatthu. Mahamegha. This is a new translation in very simple modern language.  They are written in script form as they are mostly dialogues. Minimal amounts of the commentary are included to help make sense of the stories. Available in print and Kindle. Complete Translation.
  • Minor Anthologies Vol. IV : Vimānavatthu (Stories of the Mansions) and Petavatthu (Stories of the Departed). This is a single volume of both books. ISBN 13: 978-086013073-4 Published by the Pali Text Society. The translation is quite readable. Complete translation including excerpts from the commentary. This translation is closer to the Pali than the Mahamegha translation.

Petavatthu (Pv)

Stories of ghosts, or stories of the departed. Almost all of these suttas are conversations and most of those are between humans and ghosts. The remainder usually deal with someone overcome by grief. The three main themes are 1) the suffering of the ghost world, 2) causes for rebirth in the ghost world, and 3) overcoming grief.

  • Stories of Ghosts from the Petavatthu. Mahamegha Publications. This is a new translation in very simple modern language. They are written in script form as they are mostly dialogues. Minimal amounts of the commentary are included to help make sense of the stories. Available  in print and Kindle. Complete Translation.
  • Minor Anthologies Vol. IV : Vimanavatthu (Stories of the Mansions) and Petavatthu (Stories of the Departed). This is a single volume of both books. ISBN 13: 978-086013073-4 Published by the Pali Text Society. The translation is quite readable. Complete translation including excerpts from the commentary. This translation is closer to the Pali than the Mahamegha translation.

Thera-Therigatha

Verses of Arahant Bhikkhus and Bhikkhuṇis. Two excellent collections for practice. The ultimate source for inspiration and reminder of the goal of the practice. Just reading a few verses a day can be beneficial. Consider reading a few verses each day as a supplement to any practice. Published Books:

Theragatha (Thag)

  • Verses of the Senior Monks: Theragatha Ebook by Bhikkhu Sujato and Jessica Walton. EPUB, Kindle, PDF
  • The Voice of Enlightened Monks: The Thera Gatha. Mahamegha. This is a new translation in very simple modern language.  Available from Mahamevnawa in print and Kindle. Complete Translation.
  • Poems of Early Buddhist Monks (Theragāthā), translated by K. R. Norman, Pali Text Society. Paperback edition available. Complete text.

Therigatha (Thig)

  • Verses of the Elder Nuns, translated by Bhikkhu Sujato and Jessica Walton. Published on Sutta Central and available for free download in multiple formats
  • The Voice Of Enlightened Nuns. Mahamegha. This is a new translation in very simple modern language.  Available from Mahamevnaw in print and Kindle. Complete Translation.
  • Poems of Early Buddhist Nuns (Therīgāthā), Translated by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids and K. R. Norman (two different complete translations bound in the same volume), Pali Text Society. Paperback edition available. Complete text. You can download a complete ebook of CAF Rhys Davids translation here.

Anthologies

Jataka (Ja)

The canonical part of this collection are only verses. What are commonly known as the Jataka stories are actually the commentary stories behind them. When looking for a translation, you should try to find one that includes not only the story of the past (usually the most famous part) but also the story of the “present” which was the instigating situation for the Buddha to tell the story.

  • The Jataka or Stories of the Buddha’s Former Births, edited by E. W. Cowell. This is the only complete translation into English. You can download e-book versions here.
  • Jataka Tales of the Buddha: An Anthology, by Ken & Visakha Kawasaki. Although this is just an anthology, it contains all of the major stories and most of the others.

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Digha Nikaya translated by Bhikkhu Sujato—Free Epub, Kindle, PDF

Now you can download a variety of formats of the complete Digha Nikaya, the Long Discourses, translated into English by Bhikkhu Sujato for Sutta Central. They are available for free distribution. If you find any errors, please report them directly to the SuttaCentral.net discussion forum.

If you are going to use the ebook edition for a daily sutta reading practice, you may want to use a checklist to keep track and have a physical reminder of what you have read. You can download checklists here.

And of course you can read it on-line at SuttaCentral.net.

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Majjhima Nikaya translated by Bhikkhu Sujato—Free Epub, Kindle, PDF

Now you can download a variety of formats of the complete Majjhima Nikaya, the Middle Discourses, translated into English by Bhikkhu Sujato for Sutta Central. The original translation is free and in the public domain, so don’t be afraid to share!

If you are going to use the ebook edition for a daily sutta reading practice, you may want to use a checklist to keep track and have a physical reminder of what you have read. You can download checklists here.

And of course you can read it on-line at SuttaCentral.net.

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Anguttara Nikaya translated by Bhikkhu Sujato—Free Epub, Kindle, PDF

Now you can download a variety of formats of the complete Anguttara Nikaya, the Numbered Discourses, translated into English by Bhikkhu Sujato for Sutta Central. You may be familiar with an earlier translation by Bhikkhu Bodhi under the title Numerical Discourses.

If you are going to use the ebook edition for a daily sutta reading practice, you may want to use a checklist to keep track and have a physical reminder of what you have read. You can download checklists here.

And of course you can read it on-line at SuttaCentral.net.

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Samyutta Nikaya translated by Bhikkhu Sujato—Free Epub, Kindle, PDF

Now you can download a variety of formats of the complete Samyutta Nikaya, the Linked Discourses, translated into English by Bhikkhu Sujato for Sutta Central. You may be familiar with an earlier translation by Bhikkhu Bodhi under the title Connected Discourses.

If you are going to use the ebook edition for a daily sutta reading practice, you may want to use a checklist to keep track and have a physical reminder of what you have read. You can download checklists here.

And of course you can read it on-line at SuttaCentral.net.

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