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A History of Indian Buddhism: From Śākyamuni to Early Mahāyāna, by Hirakawa Akira

Bones, Stones, and Buddhist Monks: Collected Papers on the Archaeology, Epigraphy, and Texts of Monastic Buddhism in India, by Gregory Schopen

Buddhism: Its History and Literature, by T.W. Rhys Davids LL.D., PhD – 1907 (American Lectures on the History of Religions – First Series 1894-1895)

Buddhist India, by T.W. Rhys Davids

Buddhist Monastic Life: According to the Texts of the Theravāda Tradition, by Mohan Wijayaratna

Buddhist Saints in India: A Study in Buddhist Values and Orientations, by Ray A. Reginald

Buddhist Thought: A complete introduction to the Indian tradition, by Paul Williams

Early Buddhist Monachism (600 B.C. – 100 B.C.), by Sukumar Dutt

History of Buddhism in Ceylon: The Anurādhapura Period, 3rd Century BC – 10th Century AC, by Walpola Rahula

History of Indian Buddhism: From the Origins to the Śaka Era, by Étienne Lamotte

How Buddhism Began, by Richard F.Gombrich

Indian Buddhism, by A. K. Warder

Mahāyāna Buddhism – The doctrinal foundations, by Paul Williams (Second Edition) 1989 – 2009  

Studies in the Origins of Buddhism, by Govind Chandra Pande

Tāranātha’s History of Buddhism in India

The Buddhist Conquest of China: The Spread and Adaptation of Buddhism in Early Medieval China, E. Zürcher: (Series) Sinica Leidensia; Vol. XI; by Barend J. Ter Haar (Editor)

The Buddhist Religion: A Historical Introduction, by Richard H. Robinson

The Earliest Vinaya and the Beginnings of Buddhist Literature, by E. Frauwallner

The Foundations of Buddhism, by Rupert Gethin

The History of Buddhist Thought, by Edward J. Thomas

The Message of the Buddha, by K.N. Jayatilleke

The Pāli Literature of Ceylon, by G.P. Malalasekera

Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo: (Second Edition), by Richard F. Gombrich

The Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism, by Choong Mun-keat (Wei-keat)

The Sociology of Early Buddhism, by Greg Bailey and Ian Mabbett

The Spread of Buddhism, by Ann Heirman and Stephan Peter Bumbacher (Editors) – Handbook of Oriental Studies (Handbuch der Orientalistik) Section Eight: Central Asia, Vol. 16

What the Buddha Taught, by Walpola Rahula

What the Buddha Thought, by Richard Gombrich

Yasodharā, the Wife of the Bōdhisattva: The Sinhala Yasodharāvata (The Story of Yasodharā) And the Sinhala Yasodharāpadānaya (The Sacred Biography of Yasodharā), by Ranjini Obeyesekere (Translation & Notes)

Studies in Early Buddhist Meditation

Buddhist Meditation: An anthology from the Pali canon, by Sarah Shaw

Clarification on Feelings in Buddhist Dhyāna/Jhāna Meditation, by Tse-fu Kuan

Mindfulness in Early Buddhism, by Tse-fu Kuan

On Being Mindless: Buddhist Meditation and the Mind-Body Problem, by Paul J. Griffiths

Samatha-yāna and Vipassanā-yāna, by L.S. Cousins

Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization, by Anālayo

Secrets of the Lotus: Studies in Buddhist Meditation, by Donald. K. Swearer

Buddhist Path to Awakening, by Rupert Gethin

The Ideas and Meditative Practices of Early Buddhism, by Tilmann Vetter

The Origin of Buddhist Meditation, by Alexande Wynne

The Origin of Insight Meditation, by L.S. Cousins


Theravāda Pāli Texts, Translations and Transliterations

The Group of Discourses (Sutta Nipāta) Second Edition, Translated with Introduction and Notes by K.R. Norman (PTS No. 45, 1991/2001)

Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga), by Bhadantācariya Buddhaghosa; Translated from the Pāli by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli

Sutta-Nipāta, Anderson and Smith (Editors) – PTS 1913

The Path of Freedom (Vimuttimagga), by Arahant Upatissa. Translated into Chinese as Cié-to-tāo-lun by Tipiṭaka Sanghapāla of Funan; Translated from Chinese by Rev. N.R.M. Ehara, Soma Thera, and Kheminda


Meditation Theory and Practice

A Honed and Heavy Axe, by Chandako

Absorption: Two Studies of Human Nature, by Johannes Bronkhorst

Mindfulness in Plain English, by Henepola Gunaratana

The Experience of Samādhi, by Richard Shankman

To One That Feels, by Luangpor Teean Juttasubho


Early Buddhist Epistemology

An Introduction to the Standards of Scriptural Authenticity in Indian Buddhism, by Ronald M. Davidson

Buddha-nature, Mind and the Problem of Gradualism in a Comparative Perspective: On the Transmission and Reception of Buddhism in India and Tibet, by David Seyfort Ruegg

Buddhism: A Non-Theistic Religion, by Helmuth Von Glasenapp

Buddhism: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies Series, by Paul Williams (Editor)

Collected Papers on Buddhist Studies, by Padmanabh S. Jaini

Concept and Reality in Early Buddhist Thought, by Bhikkhu Ñāṇananda

Cross Currents in Early Buddhism, by S.N. Dube

Earliest Buddhism and Madhyamaka; (Series) Panels of the VIIth World Sanskrit Conference – Kern Institute, Leiden: August 23-29, 1987 Vol. II, by David Seyfort Ruegg & Lambert Schmithausen (Editors)

Early Buddhist Metaphysics: The Making of a Philosophical Tradition, by Noa Ronkin

Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge, by K.N. Jayatilleke

Identity and Experience: The Consitiution of the Human Being According to Early Buddhism, by Sue Hamilton

Knowledge as Salvation: A Study in Early Buddhism, by Donald Swearer

Linguistic Approach to Buddhist Thought, by Genjun H. Sasaki

Metaphor and Literalism in Buddhism: The Doctrinal History of Nirvana, by Soonil Hwang

Methods of Spiritual Praxis in the Sarvāstivāda: A Study Primarily Based on the Abhidharma-mahāvibhāṣā, by Stephen Suen (Dissertation Dr.Phil.)

Nibbāna-The Mind Stilled, (Sermon Series I-VII) by Bhikkhu Ñāṇananda

Principles of Buddhist Psychology, by David J. Kalupahana

Pudgalavāda Buddhism: The Reality of the Indeterminate Self, by Leonard C.D.C. Peiestley

Rationality and the Mind in Early Buddhism, by Frank J. Hoffman

Religious Motivation and the Origins of Buddhism: A SocialPsychological Exploration of the Origins of A World Religion, by Torkel Brekke

Scriptural Authenticity and the Śrāvaka Schools: An Essay towards an Indian Perspective, by Peter Skilling (The Estern Buddhist Vol. 41. No. 2 – 2010)

Selfless persons: Imagery and thought in Theravada Buddhism, by Steven Collins

Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahāyāna Buddhist Literature, by Alan Cole

The Boundaries of Knowledge in Buddhism, Christianity and Science, by Paul D. Numrich

The Five Aggregates: Understanding Theravāda Psychology and Soteriology, by Mathieu Boisvert

The Genesis of the Bodhisattva Ideal, by Anālayo

The Literature of the Personalists of Early Buddhism, by Bhikshu Thích Thién Châu

The Psychology of Nirvana, by Rune E.A. Johansson

The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvāṇa in Early Buddhism, by Peter Harvey

What Buddhism Taught Cognitive Science about Self, Mind and Brain, by Asaf Federman



Conditioned Arising Evolves: Variation and Change in Textual Accounts of the Paṭicca-samuppāda Doctrine, by Roderick S. Bucknell

Conditioned Co-production and Supreme Enlightenment, by Etienne Lamotte

Derpendent Origination: Its Elaboration in Early Sarvāstivādin Abhidharma Texts, by Collett Cox

Did the Buddha Believe in Karma and Rebirth?, by Johannes Bronkhorst

Early Meanings of Dependent-Origination, by Eviatar Shulman

New Light on the Twelve Nidānas, by Dhivan Thomas Jones

Playing with Fire: The pratītyasamutpāda from the perspective of Vedic thought, by Joanna Jurewicz

The Theory of ‘Dependent Origination’ in its Incipient Stage, by Hajime Nakamura


A History Of India: Fourth Edition, by Hermann Kulke and Dietmar Rothermund

Dharmasūtras: The Law Codes of Āpastamba, Gautama, Baudhāyana and Vasiṣṭha – Translated from the Original Sanskrit and Edited by Patrick Olivelle

Gandhāran Buddhism: Archaeology, Art, Texts – Pia Brancaccio and Kurt Behrendt (Editors) – Asian Religions and Society Series IV

Greater Magadha: Studies in the Culture of Early India, by Johannes Bronkhorst

Indian Epigraphy: A Guide to the Study of Inscriptions in Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Other Indo-Aryan Languages, by Richard Salomon

Saṃnyāsa Upaniṣads: Hindu Scriptures on Asceticism and Renunciation, by Patrick Olivelle

The Āśrama System: The History and Hermeneutics of a Religious Institution, by Patrick Olivelle

The Buddhist Caves at Aurangabad: Transformations in Art and Religion, by Piaa Brancaccio

The Buddhist Caves at Aurangabad: The Impact of the Laity, by Pia Brancaccio

The Character of Self in Ancient India: Priests, Kings and Women in the Early Upaniṣads, by Brian Black

The Early Upaniṣads: Annotated Text and Translation, by Patrick Olivelle

The Origin and Development of Early Indian Contemplative Practices, by Edward Fitzpatrick Crangle

The Penguin History of Early India From the Origins to AD 1300, by Romila Thapar

The Religion and Philosophy of the Veda and Upanishads – Vol. 1, by Arthur B. Keith

The Religion and Philosophy of the Veda and Upanishads – Vol. 2, by Arthur B. Keith

The Two Sources of Indian Asceticism (Second Edition), by Johannes Bronkhorst

The Two Traditions of Meditation in Ancient India, by Johannes Bronkhorst

Indigenous Buddhism

American Buddhism As a Way of Life, by Gary Storhoff & John Whalen-Bridge (Editors)

Buddha in Sri Lanka : Remembered Yesterdays, by Swarna Wickremeratne

Buddhism in America, by Richard Hughes Seager

Buddhist Monk, Buddhist Layman: A Study of Urban Monastic Organization in Central Thailand, by Jane Bunnag

Cambodian Buddhism, History And Practice, by Ian Harris

History of Theravāda Buddhism in South-East Asia, by Kanai Lal Hazra

Living Buddhas: The Self-Mummified Monks of Yamagata, Japan, by Ken Jeremiah

Meditation in Modern Buddhism: Renunciation and Change in Thai Monastic Life, by Joanna Cook

New Buddhist Movements In Thailand: Towards an Understanding of Wat Phra Dhammakāya and Santi Asoke, by Rory Mackenzie

Spreading the Dhamma: Writing, Orality, And Textual Transmission in Buddhist Northern Thailand, by Daniel M. Veidlinger

The American Encounter With Buddhism, 1844-1912: Victorian Culture & the Limits of Dissent, by Thomas A. Tweed

The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia (Second Edition), by Donald K. Swearer

The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature, by John Whalen-Bridge & Gary Storhoff (Editors)

The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition, by James William Coleman

Theravada Buddhism And The British Encounter, by Elizabeth J. Harris

Turtle Feet: The Making and Unmaking of a Buddhist Monk, by Nikolai Grozni

What the Buddha Never Taught, by Tim Ward

Language, Dictionaries & Reference Materials

Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Grammar and Dictionary (Vol. II – Dictionary)

Concise Pāli-English Dictionary, by Aggamahāpaṇḍita Buddhadatta Mahāthera

Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Vols. One and Two), Robert E. Buswell Jr. (Editor)

Introduction to Pali, by A.K. Warder

Pāli Literature: Including the Canonical Literature in Prakrit and Sanskrit of All the Hīnayāna Schools of Buddhism – K.R. Norman; Jan Gonda (Editors) History of Indian Literature. Vol. VII. Facs. 2

The Literature of the Mādhyamaka School of Philosophy in India, by David Seyfort Ruegg

The Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary – Pali Text Society (1921 – 1952) – T.W. Rhys Davids & William Stede (Editors)

Contemplative Inspirational

Bright and Shining Mind in a Disabled Body, by Kampol Thongbunnum (2007)

No Ajahn Chah – Rreflections (From the Teachings of Ajahn Chah)

Normality, by Luangpor Teean Juttasubho

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