Download Some Daily Dhamma

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If you’re interested in a daily dose of the Buddha’s teachings, here’s a free ebook (.pdf) called Daily Readings — Buddha’s Words of Wisdom, by Ven. S. Dhammika:

For over two thousand years the discourses of the Buddha have nourished the spiritual lives of countless millions of people. This book contains extracts of the early Buddhist discourses from the Pali Tipitaka, and also from some post-canonical writings. Presented so that one reading can be reflected upon each day of the year. This book is an indispensable companion for anyone trying to apply the Buddha’s gentle message to their daily life.

While I cannot condone the “post-canonical writings,” I understand the romance of encountering Theravada Buddhism for the first time, and it’s probably good to understand the orthodox culture that has called itself “Buddhism” for the past 2,400 years. And for sure, getting a daily fix from the Sutta Pitaka is essential for anyone seeking to establish a serious practice.

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5 thoughts on “Download Some Daily Dhamma

  1. johnjroberts says:

    Regarding ‘post-canonical writings’, this view was shared by Ven. Nanavira:

    “These books contain the Buddha’s Teaching; they can be trusted absolutely from beginning to end:
    (Vinayapitaka:) Suttavibhanga, Mahávagga, Cúlavagga; (Suttapitaka:) Díghanikáya, Majjhimanikáya, Samyuttanikáya, Anguttaranikáya, Suttanipáta, Dhammapada, Udána, Itivuttaka, Theratherígáthá.
    No other books whatsoever can be trusted. Leaving aside Vinaya seek the meaning of these books in your own experience. Do not seek their meaning in any other books: if you do you will be misled.”

    Ven. Nanavira (born Harold Munson in 1920 in England) received Novice Ordination in 1949 at the Island Hermitage, Dodanduwa (from Ven. Ñánatiloka), and in 1950 the Higher Ordination at the Vajiráráma monastery, Colombo. His writings have often not been given due respect because he took his own life after years of suffering from a dibilitating desease.

    More about Ven. Nanavira can be found at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/9366/nanavira.htm

    Regards,
    john

  2. adreampuppet says:

    Wow — John, thanks so much for this information. I will definitely look into Ven. Nanavira. I’m not sure about the Vinayapitaka being canonical (my teacher says it’s not), but it’s so encouraging whenever I see a Theravada monk challenging the orthodoxy like this. Great find.

    I’m adding your site to my blogroll.

  3. seekingfor says:

    Mike,

    Thanks for the link to the book.

    I plan to you use it as a part of my daily practice.

  4. yuttadhammo says:

    I’m sorry, I cannot condone this post, as it is post-canonical [giggle]

  5. adreampuppet says:

    Good one, yuttadhamo… 😉

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