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:
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.
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. They 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 what each of them perceived of their outside world presents a vision of each human being’s pilgrimage through life.
Great Patient One. This book is the sequel to Rude Awakenings. It records the seven hundred mile journey on foot, of Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott as they spent six months together in the Middle Land of the Buddha, as well as 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. You can read this long out-of-print illustrated ( and somewhat poetic) commentary on the Buddha’s first teaching, at the following address. It is in HTML format, but it does allow you to examine the twenty-five imaginative paintings that I created in tribute to the Triple Gem. (I hope to make it available as a download when I get the technical support to do so.)
Furthermore: if you go to http://www.cittaviveka.org/index.php/teaching/books you can download a ZIP file of this book and .pdf files of a number of others. I hope these are useful and enjoyable.