- Buddhism in a Nutshell,
by Narada Mahathera
- An excellent introductory overview of the fundamental principles of Buddhist doctrine. Topics covered include: the life of the Buddha, the Dhamma (Is it a philosophy? A religion? An ethical system?), the Four Noble Truths, the Law of Kamma, Rebirth, Dependent Origination, Anatta, and Nibbana. Recommended for beginners.
- Everyman's Ethics: Four Discourses of the Buddha,
adapted from the translations of Narada Thera
- Four discourses by the Buddha that are of particular value to laypeople: the Sigalovada, Maha-mangala, Parabhava, and Vyagghapajja suttas.