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The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering

The Noble
Eightfold Path

by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Recommended Reading

I. 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).

II. Right View:

  • Ñanamoli, 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).

III. Right Intentions:

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

IV. 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).
  • Vajirañanavarorasa. The Five Precepts and the Five Ennoblers. (Bangkok: Mahamakuta, 1975).

V. 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).

VI. 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).

VII. Right Concentration & The Development of Wisdom:

  • Buddhaghosa, Bhadantacariya. The Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga). Translated by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli, 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).
  • Sole-Leris, Amadeo. Tranquillity and Insight. (London: Rider, 1986; BPS 1992).
  • Vajirañana, 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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A series of lectures on the Four Noble Truths given by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in 1997 in England.

The lectures were a landmark event, bringing together for the first time in the West a nonsectarian Buddhist and lay audience for over six hours of emotional and intellectually challenging engagement with these central teachings of the Buddhist canon.

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Bhikkhu Bodhi is a Buddhist monk of American nationality, born in New York City in 1944.

He came to Sri Lanka in 1972 and the same year entered the Buddhist Order as a pupil of Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera.

He is presently the President and Editor-in-chief of the Buddhist Publication Society.