Recommended Readings


  1. General treatments of the Noble Eightfold Path
    • Ledi Sayadaw. The Noble Eightfold Path and Its Factors Explained. (Wheel 245/247).
    • Nyanatiloka Thera. The Word of the Buddha. (BPS 14th ed., 1968).
    • Piyadassi Thera. The Buddha's Ancient Path. (BPS 3rd ed., 1979).

  2. Right View
    • Nanamoli, Bhikkhu. The Discourse on Right View. (Wheel 377/379).
    • Nyanatiloka Thera. Karma and Rebirth. (Wheel 9).
    • Story, Francis. The Four Noble Truths. (Wheel 34/35).
    • Wijesekera, O.H. de A. The Three Signata. (Wheel 20).

  3. Right Intentions
    • Nanamoli Thera. The Practice of Lovingkindness. (Wheel 7).
    • Nyanaponika Thera. The Four Sublime States. (Wheel 6).
    • Prince, T. Renunciation. (Bodhi Leaf B 36).

  4. Right Speech, Right Action, & Right Livelihood
    • Bodhi, Bhikkhu. Going for Refuge and Taking the Precepts. (Wheel 282/284).
    • Narada Thera. Everyman's Ethics. (Wheel 14).
    • Vajirananavarorasa. The Five Precepts and the Five Ennoblers. (Bangkok: Mahamakuta, 1975).

  5. Right Effort
    • Nyanaponika Thera. The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest. (Wheel 26).
    • Piyadassi Thera. The Seven Factors of Enlightenment. (Wheel 1).
    • Soma Thera. The Removal of Distracting Thoughts.(Wheel 21).

  6. Right Mindfulness
    • Nyanaponika Thera. The Heart of Buddhist Meditation.(London: Rider, 1962; BPS, 1992).
    • Nyanaponika Thera. The Power of Mindfulness. (Wheel 121/122).
    • Nyanasatta Thera. The Foundations of Mindfulness (Satipatthana Sutta). (Wheel 19).
    • Soma Thera. The Way of Mindfulness. (BPS, 3rd ed., 1967).

  7. Right Concentration & The Development of Wisdom
    • Buddhaghosa, Bhadantacariya. The Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga). Translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli, 4th ed. (BPS, 1979).
    • Khantipalo, Bhikkhu. Calm and Insight. (London: Curzon, 1980).
    • Ledi Sayadaw. A Manual of Insight. (Wheel 31/32).
    • Nyanatiloka Thera. The Buddha's Path to Deliverance. (BPS, 1982).
    • Solé-Leris, Amadeo. Tranquillity and Insight. (London: Rider, 1986; BPS 1992).
    • Vajiranana, Paravahera. Buddhist Meditation in Theory and Practice. 2nd ed. (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Buddhist Missionary Society, 1975).

All Wheel publications and Bodhi Leaves referred to above are published by the Buddhist Publication Society.


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