Below you’ll find some of the free books available at fsbooks.org. They can be downloaded as EPUB, MOBI or PDF format.
(Books are also available in non-English versions. Please click on https://forestsangha.org/teachings/books . and navigate from there. We hope to include more languages when translators offer their skills.)
Meditation: an Outline. An introductory manual on how to meditate. Please click on the link below to download:
This is also available as an audio book, via: Cittaviveka audio books
Clarity and Calm. This booklet offers some means to find clarity and calm within a few minutes. They can be put into practice in a range of non-specialized situations – in the time it would take you to drink a cup of tea.
This is also available as an audiobook, via: Cittaviveka audio books
Buddha-Nature, Human Nature. This book is an extensive review of the relationship between the ‘human’ and the ‘natural’ world. It is about the environmental crisis, how that is mirrored in the human crisis that the Buddha addressed – and ways of resolving this.
The Most Precious Gift. This book is an edited selection of talks I’ve given between 1985 and 2017. It was created by others to commemorate my 70th birthday in November 2019.
Pārami, Ways to Cross Life’s Floods. Pārami – ‘perfections,’ or transcendent virtues – are daily life practices that give the mind a firm ground in Dhamma. Comprising simple qualities like patience, generosity and truthfulness, they can be skilfully applied to the ‘flash-points’ in the day in order to steer the mind out of samsaric currents and on towards peace, clarity and nibbāna.
Meditation: A Way of Awakening. A thorough guide to a range of meditation practices, with short essays on relevant topics, such as kamma, and not-self.
Kamma and the End of Kamma. ‘Kamma’ refers to the principle of the causes and effects of our intentional actions. Often seen as a teaching on ethics, its principles also refer to the intentions and subtle actions that constitute meditation practice.
Rituals and Observances. In this small book, you’ll find details concerning such topics as: setting up and using a shrine in your home; the significance of the different forms of Buddha images; observances for the deceased and observances on the Buddhist holy days – and more. Currently available as a .pdf, it is intended to be available in mobi and epub forms soon.
Rude Awakenings. Rude Awakenings records a journey by Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott. We spent six months together retracing the Buddha’s footsteps in India, along with many detours and sidetracks both physical and psychological. The alternating versions of reality, sometimes comical, sometimes poignant presents a vision of each human being’s wandering through life.
Great Patient One. This book is the sequel to Rude Awakenings. It continues recording our seven hundred mile journey on foot, and our years of memories, recollections and attitudes as we rambled and struggled together in the Middle Land of the Buddha, and on via a long loop into Nepal and the Himalayas. The arduous nature of the pilgrimage, both physically and psychologically, gives the reader a taste of Dhamma ‘off the cushion and on the road’.
The Dawn of the Dhamma. This long out-of-print illustrated ( and somewhat poetic) commentary on the Buddha’s first teaching, once existed in HTML format, but it disappeared at the last website update. I hope to resurrect it in some form or another in due course.