Buddhist Resources

Updated 1st May 2012

Photograph of different editions of
Introducing Buddhism, by Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya and Jacquetta Gomes (Jayasili).

Introducing Buddhism has been published in Sri Lanka by the BCC Buddhist Cultural Centre, and in Taiwan by the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation. It was also published by Inward Path Publishers in Malaysia as Buddhism: A Quick Introduction.

Introducing Buddhism. Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru Aggamaha Pandita DLitt DLitt, and Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes). Taipei, Taiwan: The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation, 2008 reprint of 2007. (Book code EN074) (This includes as an appendix the booklet: Requirements and Ceremonies for The Five Precepts (Panca Sila), The Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth (Ajivatthamaka Sila), Dhamma Teachers Certificate, issued by the Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Ketumati Buddhist Vihara at Wesak 2006 updatedFebruary 2010)
This is available online at the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation (Taiwan) website

www.budaedu.org click on Downloads


Buddhist Dictionary: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines. Nyanatiloka Maha Thera. 5th edition. Kandy (Sri Lanka): BPS Buddhist Publication Society, 2004. (ISBN 955-24-0019-8)

A Dictionary of Buddhism. Damien Keown. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. (ISBN 0-19-860560-9)


Ayya – a Buddhist nun
Bhante – “Venerable Sir” (a respectful way of addressing a Buddhist monk)
Bhikkhu – a fully ordained Buddhist monk
Dhamma – the teachings of the Buddha
Maha Sangha – the community of Theravada Buddhist monks
Pali – the language in which the Theravada Buddha’s teachings have been recorded
Sila –Buddhist morality or ethics
Sutta– a discourse
Theravada – literally “The Teaching of the Elders”
Upasaka– a male lay disciple
Upasikaa female lay disciple
Vihara – monastery


Most titles mentioned in this booklet are available from Wisdom:

Wisdom Books
25 Stanley Road
England, UK
Telephone 0208 553 5020
Email: sales@wisdom-books.com

Wisdom Publications
199 Elm Street
Somerville Massachusetts
MA 02144
Telephone 617-776-7416
Email:info@ wisdompubs.org

Membership is available of:

BPS Buddhist Publication Society
P.O. Box 61
54 Sangharaja Mawatha
Sri Lanka
Telephone from the UK 0094 81 2237283
www.bps.lk, Email: admin@bps.lk

Theravada Buddhist Texts, dictionaries and related works are available from:

PTS Pali Text Society
c/o CPI Anthony Rowe Ltd
Unit 4, Pegasus Way
Bowerhill Industrial Estate
SN12 6TR
Telephone 01179175341

Information on Buddhism, books, cassettes and CD’s are available from:

The Buddhist Society
58 Eccleston Square
Telephone 0207 834 5858
Email: info@thebuddhistsociety.org

Audio Materials

Introducing Buddhism Course. Recorded by Bryan Appleyard. 2006. 7 CDs with Introducing Buddhism booklet and A4 photocopy of the Wheel of Life. (Available from The Buddhist Society)

The Buddha’s Teaching As It Is. Bhikkhu Bodhi. 10 lectures. (Available for download from www.bodhimonastery.net/talks_audio.html

Web Sites

Most Suttas mentioned in this booklet and many of the BPS Buddhist Publication Society publications are available online at www.accesstoinsight.org, which is currently the best source of Sutta translations on the Internet.

Introducing Buddhism, by Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya and Jacquetta Gomes is also available on www.accesstoinsight.org

Other useful web sites include:

www.buddhistcc.com- (the website of the BCC Buddhist Cultural Centre Sri Lanka)

http://jbe.gold.ac.uk/global.html- (the web site for theJournal of Buddhist Ethics)

www.bhavanasociety.org – (the web site for the Bhavana Society – includes information on the Ajivatthamaka Sila and the Eight Lifetime Precepts)

www.bodhimonastery.net- (contains talks by Bhikkhu Bodhi which are available for download)

www.buddhanet.net- (web site of the Buddha Dharma Education Association inc.)

www.ciolek.com/WWWVL-Buddhism.html-(the World Wide Web Virtual Library – Buddhism Section)

www.dhamma.ru/sadhu – (a Theravada Buddhism webdirectory and portal)

www.dhammatalks.org.uk/- (features Dhamma talks by the Thai Forest Sangha which are available for download)

www.dharmanet.org- (Buddhist resources and web links)

www.dharmavijaya.org –(the web site for the Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara)