Old News Archive
January-March 2011

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Think Like a Thief.
When problems arise in Dhamma practice, it pays to be imaginative and know how to come up with your own solution.


Sattadhatu Sutta: Seven Properties (SN 14.11).
An alternative way of looking at the stages of concentration practice
Bhava Sutta: Becoming (1) (AN 3.76).
The three levels on which becoming (bhava) operates, in relation to consciousness.
Bhava Sutta: Becoming (2) (AN 3.77).
The three levels on which becoming (bhava) operates, in relation to intention.
Bala Sutta: Strengths (AN 8.28).
The eight strengths enjoyed by the awakened mind.


In Simple Terms: 108 Dhamma Similes.
A marvelous collection of Dhamma similes from one of the Thai forest tradition's great teachers.


In this book the author examines the nature of dependent co-arising (paticca samuppada) — the complex causal structure by which dukkha arises and ceases. It also shows how the factors of the path address the causes of suffering in a way that leads to its cessation. [Not available in HTML] [PDF icon]


Introducing Buddhism.
Originally published in 1988 to accompany the London Buddhist Society's Introducing Buddhism course, this book provides an outline of the history and basic teachings of Theravada Buddhism. Also includes a bibliography and glossary of Pali terms. [Not available in HTML] [PDF icon]


Devadatta Sutta: About Devadatta (AN 8.7).
On the hazards of allowing the mind to get caught up in the worldly ups and down of life (the eight 'untrue dhammas')
Uttara Sutta: About Uttara (AN 8.8).
Sakka, the king of the devas, repeats the Buddha's teaching on the eight 'untrue dhammas' for the benefit of Ven. Uttara.
Nanda Sutta: About Nanda (AN 8.9).
Ven. Nanda sets a good example of how to take care of the mind.
Samatha Sutta: With Regard to Tranquility (AN 10.54).
More on how to read your own mind.