A List of Sources to Study the Eightfold Path of Buddhism

The Buddha and the Eightfold Path of Buddhism

by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Recommended Readings

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 Loving-kindness. (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).

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Source: The Wheel Publication No. 308/311 (Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1984), second edition (revised) 1994. Transcribed from a file provided by the BPS Copyright © 1998 Buddhist Publication Society. Reproduced and reformatted from Access to Insight edition © 1999 For free distribution. This work may be republished, reformatted, reprinted, and redistributed in any medium. It is the author's wish, however, that any such republication and redistribution be made available to the public on a free and unrestricted basis and that translations and other derivative works be clearly marked as such. All Wheel publications and Bodhi Leaves referred to above are published by the Buddhist Publication Society.

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