So I was remiss in my searches through my eBook archives, I do apologise, because this one is a biggy.
This text is freely available from SuttaCentral downloads section and is a must see for anyone considering ordination into the Theravada tradition. I quote directly from SuttaCentral’s own download page:
SuttaCentral is proud to offer the full text of I.B. Horner’s translation of the Pali Vinaya in six volumes. This is the first time that this classic of 20th century Buddhist scholarship has been made available in a true digital edition. We are able to do this because the Pali Text Society, holders of the copyright, kindly released the text under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence.
So I am also proud to offer this valuable translation of the entire Vinaya Pitaka for those who wish to learn the ways of the Bhikkhu or Bhikkhuni. If this document helps you on your path then I feel my purpose has succeeded, and my job is done.
Please freely share with the appropriate accreditation, but this ebook should never be sold for any reason, whether for profit or charity; it is a gift of Dhamma.
This booklet is priceless. It contains quotes and anecdotes from the Venerable Ajahn Chah that really get to the ‘nitty gritty’ of the Dhamma. It is compiled by Dhamma Garden and following the wish of Ajahn Chah, is made freely available. It must not be sold for any reason whatsoever.
I cannot put into words any meaningful description of this booklet, so the best that I can do is to say… ‘Read It’!
Ajahn Chah’s words will lift you up and guide you on your path, far better than any description I might try to provide.
I have come across a thoroughly interesting eBook regarding what the life is like for a Thai Forest Monk. It is published by Wat Pa Nanachat Monastery celebrating their 25th Vassa. Wat Pa Nanachat was the first monastery in Thailand dedicated to providing Westerners the opportunity to learn the Thais Forest Tradition. The file contains articles and essays by various Bhikkhus and Ajahns on numerous subjects, and provides insight into what life is like for a Bhikkhu in North East Thailand. It also gives glimpses into to Ajahn Chah himself, and what it was like to be taught by him.
I hope you find this document interesting, as I have done. It is, as usual, for free distribution and available in the eLibrary, so please do share with anyone you may belive would benefit from its contents.
The Vinaya Pitaka is considered to be the first ‘basket’ of the Tipitaka. It contains the codes of practice, rules, regulations and ceremonies that the Theravadin Monk or Nun must obey. Vinaya Pitaka literally means ‘basket of discipline’.
Thanissaro Bhikkhu has done a wonderful job of compiling a two-volume essay on the Vinaya Pitaka that will be of interest to anyone considering the Monk or Nun’s life. This volume will also be of interest to those researching the deeper aspects of Buddhist life and what it entails.
The Buddhist Monastic Code Vol 1 & 2 should be read by the lay person more as an educational exercise than a practice teaching. You may wish to include certain aspects into your daily life but it is not necessary to do so unless you are ordained.
It is my intention to provide as much Dhamma as possible. It may sound grandiose but I feel that it is my calling. If I were to live my life again, I would take ordination and live as a Therevadin Monk, hopefully an Ajahn, and thus provide the community with the resources needful to learning the Dhamma. But this life prevents me from doing so, I have other obligations I must tend too, and I enjoy my life as it is, so I have no regrets.
However, the internet allows me to do something for the population of this planet, and so, with promulgation of the Dhamma in mind, I have found four more documents to add to the Sutta Library.
The following documents are all provided and translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu of dhammatalks.org, and are all for free distribution; so I am taking full advantage of being able to provide four popular documents from the fifth division of the Sutta Pitaka, namely the Khuddaka Nikaya, or ‘Division of Short Books’.
The following books are all part of the Khuddaka Nikaya which contains several other documents as well, but these four are a very good beginning. The Dhammapada especially, because of it’s brevity and popularity.
The description of each document has been taken directly from Wikipedia.
The Dhammapada The Dhammapada (Pāli; Prakrit: धम्मपद Dhammapada;) is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures. The original version of the Dhammapada is in the Khuddaka Nikaya, a division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.
The Itivuttaka The Itivuttaka (Pali for “as it was said”) is a Buddhist scripture, part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism and is attributed to Khujjuttara’s recollection of Buddha’s discourses. It is included there in the Sutta Pitaka’s Khuddaka Nikaya. It comprises 112 short teachings ascribed in the text to the Buddha, each consisting of a prose portion followed by a verse portion. The latter may be a paraphrase of the former, or complementary. Some scholars consider it one of the earliest of all Buddhist scriptures, while others consider it somewhat later.
The Sutta Nipata The Sutta Nipata (literally, “Suttas falling down”) is a Buddhist scripture, a sutta collection in the Khuddaka Nikaya, part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. All its suttas, thought to originate from before the Buddha’s parinibbana, consist largely of verse, though some also contain some prose. It is divided into five sections:
Some scholars believe that it describes the oldest of all Buddhist practices. Others such as Bhikkhu Bodhi and KR Norman agree that it contains much early material.
The Udana The Udana (udāna) is a Buddhist scripture, part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. It is included there in the Sutta Pitaka’s Khuddaka Nikaya. The title might be translated “inspired utterances”. The book comprises 80 such utterances, most in verse, each preceded by a narrative giving the context in which the Buddha utters it. The famous story of the Blind men and an elephant appears in Udana, under Tittha Sutta
The above documents are concise compared to other books of the Sutta Pitaka. Their descriptions are taken directly from Wikipedia. It is best to take them in small, bite sized chunks and meditate on the message that is being put across.