General Index
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This index can help you locate sutta translations, articles, transcribed talks, books, and other things on this website. This is not an exhaustive index: not every text is indexed here, nor have I included references to each and every occurrence of a given topic in the texts. Nevertheless, I hope you find it helpful in steering you in the right direction.

The tilde (~) stands for the head-word in a given entry. Short essays and individual chapters from books are shown in quotation marks. Books and longer works are shown in italics. Links to terms listed elsewhere in this index are shown in bold face.

A  

Abhidhamma. See also Psychology and Buddhism.
Abhidhamma Pitaka
A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma (Introduction) (Bodhi)
The Abhidhamma in Practice (Mendis)
Adhitthana (determination, resolution). See also Paramis.
Four determinations: MN 140
Adinava (drawbacks, dangers). See also Gradual instruction.
"Drawbacks" in the Path to Freedom pages
~ of feeling: MN 13
~ of form: MN 13
~ of sensuality: MN 13, MN 14, MN 54, SN 1.20, Iti 95
~ of clingable phenomena: SN 12.52
~ of aging, illness, and death: AN 3.62, AN 4.252
~ of supranormal powers: DN 11
~ of unskillful thoughts: MN 20
~ of unskillful conduct: AN 2.18
As one of ten perceptions: AN 10.60
Admonishment. See also Speech.
"Right Speech" in the Path to Freedom pages
Making oneself easy to admonish: MN 21
The Buddha's strong words to his son Rahula: MN 61
What to do if someone just won't listen to reason: AN 4.111
Aging. See also Death; Divine messengers; Illness.
The Buddha spits on ~: SN 48.41
Description of ~: MN 9
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
"Aging" (Dhammapada XI)
Effects of ~ on the body: Thig 13.1
How to train yourself when your body is old and decrepit: SN 22
You're never too old to realize the Dhamma: Thig 5.8
Age is no measure of wisdom: SN 3.1
Advice to two aging brahmans: AN 3.51, AN 3.52
"Beyond Coping: The Buddha's Teachings on Aging, Illness, Death, and Separation" (Study Guide)
"The 1st Noble Truth" in the Path to Freedom pages
AIDS. See also Illness.
"Using Meditation to Deal with Pain, Illness and Death: A talk given to a conference on AIDS, HIV and other Immuno-deficiency Disorders" (Thanissaro)
"Beyond Coping: The Buddha's Teachings on Aging, Illness, Death, and Separation" (Study Guide)
Anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing).
The Buddha's principal teaching on ~: MN 118
How ~ leads to Awakening: SN 54.13
~ should be developed no matter how far along you are in your meditation practice: SN 54.8
As one of the ten Recollections: See Recollections, ten.
As one of the ten Perceptions: AN 10.60
As a method of subduing lust: SN 8.4
As a method of subduing annoying thoughts: Iti 85
Five qualities a practitioner of ~ should develop: AN 5.96, AN 5.97, AN 5.98
Anapana Sati: Meditation on Breathing (Ariyadhamma)
"Basic Breath Meditation Instructions" (Thanissaro)
Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: Meditations: Forty Dhamma Talks; Meditations 2; Meditations 3; Meditations 4; Meditations 5
"A Guided Meditation" (Thanissaro)
"The Agendas of Mindfulness" (Thanissaro)
"De-perception" (Thanissaro)
Breath Meditation Condensed (Kee)
Keeping the Breath in Mind (Lee)
See also many other books by Ajaan Lee and Ajaan Fuang.
Anatta (not-self). See also Tilakkhana (three characteristics of existence).
Reflection on ~ as a basis for insight: SN 22.59
Why the Buddha did not take a position on the question of whether or not there is a self: SN 44.10
The views "I have a self" and "I have no self" are equally wrong: MN 22
Identifying the five khandhas as "self" is the cause of affliction: SN 22.1
As one of seven perceptions: AN 7.46
As one of ten perceptions: AN 10.60
Relation of ~ to dependent co-arising: DN 15
Contemplation of the six senses in terms of ~: MN 148
Not understanding ~ is like being a dog tied to a post: SN 22.99
Three Basic Facts of Existence: Volume 3, Egolessness (various authors)
"Consciousnesses" (Lee)
The No-self Characteristic (Mendis)
"No-self or Not-self?" (Thanissaro)
"The Not-self Strategy" (Thanissaro)
"Selves & Not-self" (Thanissaro)
Meditating on No-self (Khema)
Anger. See also Conflict; Ill-will (vyapada); Kilesa (defilements); Khanti (patience); Metta (goodwill); Nivarana (hindrances); War.
As the only thing that's good to kill: SN 1.71
What to do if someone is angry with you: SN 7.2, SN 11.4
What to do when ~ arises: Thag 6.12
The best response to ~ (a debate between two deities): SN 11.5
~ can carve into you like an inscription in stone: AN 3.130
~ can never be conquered with more ~: SN 11.4, Dhp 3
"Anger" (Dhammapada XVII)
The dangers of giving in to ~: AN 7.60
The Elimination of Anger (Piyatissa)
Positive Response: How to Meet Evil with Good (Buddharakkhita)
Anicca (impermanence, inconstancy). See also Tilakkhana (three characteristics of existence).
As one of seven perceptions: AN 7.46
As one of ten perceptions: AN 10.60
Ponder ~ constantly: Thag 1.111
Contemplate ~ to overcome ignorance: Iti 85
Everything in the world is subject to disintegration: SN 35.82
The Three Basic Facts of Existence: Volume 1, Impermanence (Nyanaponika, ed)
"All About Change" (Thanissaro)
Anusaya (obsession; underlying tendency).
Seven ~: AN 7.11; AN 7.12
Three ~ in relationship to pleasant, painful, and neutral feeling: MN 44; MN 148; SN 36.6
With the end of the categories of objectification, the ~ come to an end: MN 18
Anussati — see Recollections, ten.
Apaya-mukha (path to deprivation).
Advice to householders on how to avoid the ~: AN 8.54, DN 31
"The Path to Peace and Freedom for the Mind," (Lee)
Appamada (heedfulness, zeal).
Defined: SN 35.97, SN 48.56
Difference between ~ and its opposite: SN 35.97
~ is the foremost skillful quality (ten similes): AN 10.15
As the one quality that can provide security: SN 3.17
What constitutes living with ~: SN 55.40
The Buddha's last words: DN 16, SN 6.15
"Heedfulness" (Dhammapada II)
Benefits of ~: Iti 23
Wake up!: Sn 2.10
"A Note on Openness" (Bodhi)
Appropriate attention — see Yoniso-manasikara.
Arahant (fully-awakened being). See also Buddha; Nibbana.
Stock passage describing attainment of arahantship: AN 6.55
Stock passage describing the qualities of an ~: AN 6.55
Who can find fault in an ~?: Ud 7.6
Why an ~ continues meditating: SN 16.5
Does an ~ feel pain?: SN 1.38, SN 4.13
Does an ~ grieve?: SN 21.2
An ~'s actions bear no kammic fruit, good or evil: AN 3.33, Dhp 39, Dhp 267, Dhp 412
What is the difference between an ~ and a Buddha?: SN 22.58
What is the difference between an ~ and a "learner" (sekha)?: SN 48.53
How to recognize if you're an ~: SN 35.152
"Arahants" (Dhammapada VII)
"Brahmans" (Dhammapada XXVI)
Fate of ~ after death: MN 72, SN 22.85, SN 22.86
Nine unskillful acts an ~ is incapable of doing: AN 9.7
"Arahants, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas" (Bodhi)
"The Conventional Mind, the Mind Released," in Straight From the Heart (Boowa)
Ariya-atthangika magga — see Noble Eightfold Path.
Ariya sacca — see Four Noble Truths.
Asava (fermentations, effluents, outflows, taints). See also Kilesa.
The Buddha's principal teaching on ~: MN 2
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
Three ~: Iti 56, Iti 57
~ and right view: MN 117
Six important aspects of ~ to be understood: AN 6.63
Ascetic practices.
Thirteen ~: Thag 16.7
The Buddha describes the ~ he practiced as a bodhisatta: MN 12
Which ascetic practices should be observed?: AN 10.94
Asoka (Indian King, r. 273-232 B.C.E.).
The Edicts of King Asoka (Dhammika)
That the True Dhamma Might Last a Long Time: Readings Selected by King Asoka (Thanissaro)
Asubha (unattractiveness, loathsomeness). See also Body; Nibbida; Sensuality.
Contemplation of ~ to maintain one's resolve towards celibacy: SN 35.127
As one of seven beneficial reflections: AN 7.46
Mastery of ~ is a quality to be developed: MN 152
Unattractiveness of the body as one of ten perceptions: AN 10.60
The body as an unlanced boil: AN 9.15
Using contemplation of ~ to subdue lust: Iti 85; also "The Work of a Contemplative," in Things as They Are (Boowa)
Ven. Ananda's advice to Ven. Vangisa on overcoming lust: SN 8.4
Ajaan Maha Boowa's story of conquering lust by contemplating ~: "An Heir to the Dhamma," in Straight From the Heart (Boowa)
Ven. Sister Subha plucks out an eye: Thig 14.1
Bag of Bones: A Miscellany on the Body (Khantipalo)
Attachment. See also Sensuality; Tanha (craving).
Does ~ to possessions really bring happiness?: SN 4.8
~ to loved ones as a cause of sorrow: SN 42.11, AN 5.30, Ud 8.8
~ to the body as a cause of further pain: Sn 4.2
Attha-sila (the eight precepts) — see Precepts.
Aversion — see Ill-will (vyapada).
Avijja (ignorance). See also Kilesa (defilements); Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising).
As a flood: SN 45.171
As a yoke: AN 4.10
As one of the fetters (Sanyojana): AN 10.13
As one of the obsessions (Anusaya): AN 7.11, AN 7.12
As the cause of wrong view, wrong resolve, etc.: SN 45.1
What one thing must one abandon in order to overcome ~?: SN 35.80
"Ignorance" in the Path to Freedom pages
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
As an obstruction: Iti 14
"Unawareness Converges...," in Straight From the Heart (Boowa)
"Ignorance" (Thanissaro)
"The Intricacies of Ignorance" (Kee)
Awakening. See also Nibbana; Vimutti (release).
Factors for ~: see Bojjhanga.
Is ~ "gradual" or "sudden"?: Ud 5.5
"The Meaning of the Buddha's Awakening" — in Part III of Refuge: An Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha (Thanissaro)
"A Refuge in Awakening" (Lee)
Awareness — see Sati.
Ayoniso manasikara (inappropriate attention). See also Yoniso manasikara (appropriate attention).
What to do when the mind is being consumed by unskillful thoughts: SN 9.11

B  

Bala (the five strengths). See also Bodhipakkhiya-dhamma.
Definition of the ~: AN 5.2
"The Five Strengths" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
"Food for the Mind" in Food for Thought (Lee)
"The Path of Strength," in Things as They Are (Boowa)
Beauty.
As a meditative attainment: SN 14.11
Beginning meditation — see Introduction to meditation practice.
Bhava (becoming). See also Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising).
As a flood: SN 45.171
As a yoke: AN 4.10
Three levels on which ~ operates: AN 3.76, AN 3.77
Paradox of Becoming, The (Thanissaro)
Bhikkhu — see Monastic Life.
Bhikkhuni — see Monastic Life.
Biographies.
"A Sketch of the Buddha's Life: Readings from the Pali Canon" in the Path to Freedom pages
Account of the Buddha's life in Chapter 2 of Refuge: An Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha (Thanissaro)
Ananda: Ananda: The Guardian of the Dhamma (Hecker)
Anathapindika: Anathapindika: The Great Benefactor (Hecker)
Angulimala: Angulimala: A Murderer's Road to Sainthood (Hecker)
Buddhist Women: Buddhist Women at the Time of the Buddha (Hecker)
Maha Kaccana: Maha Kaccana: Master of Doctrinal Exposition (Bodhi)
Maha Kassapa: Maha Kassapa: Father of the Sangha (Hecker)
Maha-Moggallana: Life of Maha-Moggallana (Hecker)
Sariputta: The Life of Sariputta (Nyanaponika)
Ajaan Lee: The Autobiography of Phra Ajaan Lee (Lee)
Ajaan ThateThe Autobiography of a Forest Monk (Thate)
Birth — see Jati.
Bisexuality — see Sexual identity.
Bodhipakkhiya-dhamma (37 Wings to Awakening).
The Wings to Awakening: an Anthology from the Pali Canon (Thanissaro)
~ and their relation to the six senses: MN 149
Prerequisites for the development of the ~: AN 9.1
As related to breath meditation: "Wings to Awakening" in The Skill of Release (Lee)
Also look under each of its constituent seven sets:
Satipatthana (4 Frames of Reference);
Sammappadhana (4 Right Exertions);
Iddhipada (4 Bases of Power);
Indriya (5 Mental Faculties);
Bala (5 Strengths);
Bojjhanga (7 Factors for Awakening);
Noble Eightfold Path.
Body. See also Asubha; Attachment; Sensuality.
Mindfulness of the ~: see Satipatthana.
Thirty-two parts of the ~: Khp 3, A Chanting Guide, "Disenchantment" (Suwat)
Foulness of ~: AN 9.15, Sn 1.11, Thag 10.5
"Bodily Debts" in Food for Thought (Lee)
Bag of Bones: A Miscellany on the Body (Khantipalo)
"Body Contemplation" (Study Guide)
"This Body of Mine" in Fistful of Sand (Suwat)
Bojjhanga (factors for Awakening). See also Bodhipakkhiya-dhamma.
The right and wrong times to cultivate the ~: SN 46.53
See the suttas in the Bojjhanga-samyutta of the Samyutta Nikaya
The Seven Factors of Enlightenment (Piyadassi)
"The Seven Factors for Awakening" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
Brahmavihara (Divine abodes; sublime states). See also Metta; Karuna; Mudita; Upekkha.
Systematic cultivation of ~: SN 42.8, SN 46.54, AN 10.208
Practice of ~ as a door to the Deathless: MN 52, AN 11.17
Offering comfort and protection from the cold: Thag 6.2
Five realizations that arise from concentration based on the ~: AN 5.27
Practicing any one of the ~ can take one all the way to fourth jhana: AN 8.63
"Head & Heart Together: Bringing Wisdom to the Brahma-viharas" (Thanissaro)
The Four Sublime States (Nyanaponika)
Breath meditation — see Anapanasati.
Buddha. See also Arahant.
"A Sketch of the Buddha's Life: Readings from the Pali Canon" in the Path to Freedom pages
Epithets for the ~: "The many names for the Buddha" in "A Sketch of the Buddha's Life"
As one of the ten Recollections: see Recollections, ten.
Refuge: An Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha (Thanissaro)
Buddha's Awakening: See Tevijja (Threefold Knowledge)
Buddhism — see Introduction to ~.
Burma — see Myanmar.

C  

Caste system.
Caste (i.e., race, social class, national identity, etc.) does not determine one's virtue or spiritual potential: MN 90, MN 93
Even outcastes can become arahants: Thag 12.2
A bhikkhu has no caste: AN 10.48
Celibacy. See also Nekkhamma (renunciation); Restraint; Sensuality.
Tools to support one's resolve towards ~: SN 35.127
Don't pretend to be celibate if you're not: Iti 48
"A Single Mind" (Fuang)
Ceremonies — see Rituals.
Chanting (Pali). See also Devotion; Rituals and Ceremonies.
The Book of Protection (Paritta) (Piyadassi)
A Chanting Guide: Pali Passages with English Translations (Dhammayut Order)
The Divine Mantra (Lee)
Characteristics of existence — see Tilakkhana.
Children. See also Parents; Family; Young people (readings for).
Three types of sons and daughters: Iti 74
At one time or another, we have all been each other's ~: SN 15.14
Grieving the death of ~: SN 42.11, Ud 2.7, Ud 8.8
The anguish an aging parent feels when his ~ show no gratitude: SN 7.14
Childish innocence should not be confused with wisdom: MN 78
Showing the proper respect to one's parents: Iti 106
Childrens' duties to their parents: DN 31
Parents' duties to their ~: DN 31
Clinging — see Upadana.
Commentaries.
"Beyond the Tipitaka: A Field Guide to Post-canonical Pali Literature"
Communal harmony. See also Monastic community (Sangha).
Six kinds of behavior that lead to amiability and communal harmony: AN 6.12
Comparative Religions. See also God.
Do all religions point towards the same goal?: DN 21, Thag 1.86
Are all religious paths fruitful?: AN 3.78
"Buddhism and Other Religions" (Bogoda)
"A Buddhist Response to Contemporary Dilemmas of Human Existence" (Bodhi)
"Dhamma and Non-duality" (Bodhi)
"Tolerance and Diversity" (Bodhi)
"Toward a Threshold of Understanding" (Bodhi)
A Journey into Buddhism (Harris)
Vedanta and Buddhism: A Comparative Study (von Glasenapp)
Compassion — see Karuna.
Conceit — see Mana.
Concentration — see Samadhi.
Conflict. See also Anger; Ill-will (vyapada); Papañca; War.
Causes of: Sn 4.8, Sn 4.11, Sn 4.15
Positive Response: How to Meet Evil with Good (Buddharakkhita)
Conscience — see Hiri.
Consciousness — see Viññana.
Contact — see Phassa.
Contentment with little. See also Restraint.
As a vital support for practice: AN 4.28
As a quality of a great person: AN 8.30
Live like a flying bird, whose wings are its only burden: DN 2, DN 11
One thing you should not be content with: AN 2.5
Conviction — see Saddha.
Copyright.
Craving — see Tanha.
Creation (of universe) — see Questions not worth asking.

D  

Dana (giving; charity). See also Gradual instruction; Paramis.
"Generosity" in the Path to Freedom pages
As one of the greatest protections/blessings: Sn 2.4
As a fundamental requirement for success on the Path: AN 5.254
As a treasure: AN 7.6
As one of the ten Recollections: see Recollections, ten.
To whom should one give so as to reap the greatest fruit?: SN 3.24, AN 3.57
Eight persons worthy of gifts: AN 8.59
Giving to one who has abandoned the hindrances brings good results: SN 3.24
Never regret a generous gift you gave in the past: SN 3.20
Give while you're able, before your house burns to the ground!: SN 1.41
Giving is best done at the proper time: AN 5.36
The blessings inherent in the gift of food: AN 5.37
Giving even one's last meal: Iti 26
The fruits of giving that arises from various motives: AN 7.49
The fruits of giving that can be reaped in this life: AN 5.34
Two kinds of gifts: Iti 98, Iti 100
Gifts of Dhamma: Dhp 354, Iti 98, Iti 100
Citta the householder's final teaching on generosity: SN 41.10
Give to many; don't be like a rainless cloud: Iti 75
Giving is good, but there is still more to be done: AN 5.176
The dangers faced by unvirtuous monks who enjoy pleasures, homage and gifts of the laity: AN 7.68
The scale of good deeds: AN 9.20
See the suttas in the Devata-samyutta of the Samyutta Nikaya
"The Economy of Gifts" (Thanissaro)
"The Food of Kindness" (Medhanandi)
Dana: The Practice of Giving (Bodhi)
No Strings Attached: The Buddha's Culture of Generosity (Thanissaro)
Dasa-sila (the ten precepts). See also Sila (virtue).
"The Ten Precepts" in the Path to Freedom pages
Death. See also Aging; Deathless; Divine messengers; Grief; Illness; Maranassati (mindfulness of death); Murder; Samvega (spiritual urgency).
Five subjects for frequent recollection: AN 5.57
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
Why do we grieve when a loved one dies?: SN 42.11
As one of seven beneficial reflections: AN 7.46
As a call to abandon grief and lamentation: Sn 3.8
The greatest protection for the layperson: Sn 2.4
Overcoming ~ by regarding the world as empty: Sn 5.15
Overcoming fear of ~: AN 4.184, Thag 16.1
Heedlessness leads one to ~: Dhp 21
No need for worry as ~ nears: SN 55.21, SN 55.22, AN 6.16
Citta's deathbed conversation with some devas: SN 41.10
Sariputta's teachings to a dying Anathapindika: MN 143
Ven. Ananda's grief over Ven. Sariputta's ~: SN 47.13
The Buddha's reaction to Ven. Sariputta's ~: SN 47.14
Kisa Gotami's grief cured by searching for a mustard seed: ThigA X.1
~ by a runaway cow: MN 140, Ud 1.10, Ud 5.3
~ by murder (see also Murder): Ud 4.3
~ of daughter: Thig 3.5
~ of grandson: Ud 8.8
~ of son: MN 87, SN 42.11 Ud 2.7, Thig 6.1
~ of spouse: AN 5.49
Honor your ancestors and deceased loved ones with gifts: Pv 1.5
Reflections on the brevity of life:
  • Death comes rolling towards you, crushing everything in its path. Are you ready?: SN 3.25
  • Life flies by, faster than any arrow. What are we to do?: SN 20.6
  • No shelter from aging and death: SN 2.19
  • Your last day approaches — this is no time to be heedless! Thag 6.13
  • Life is brief — practice ardently! Ud 5.2
"Beyond Coping: The Buddha's Teachings on Aging, Illness, Death, and Separation" (Study Guide)
Buddhism and Death (M. O'C. Walshe)
"Educating Compassion" (Thanissaro)
"Facing Death Without Fear" (De Silva)
"The 1st Noble Truth" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Our Real Home" (Chah)
"The Last Sermon" in Inner Strength (Lee)
Straight From the Heart (Boowa)
To The Last Breath — Dhamma Talks on Living and Dying (Boowa)
Deathless (amata-dhamma; a synonym for Nibbana) See also Nibbana.
Eleven modes of practice that lead to the deathless: MN 52, AN 11.17
Defilements — see Kilesa.
Dependent Co-arising — see Paticca-samuppada.
Desire (as part of the Path; (dhamma-chanda)).
Does the ~ for Awakening get in the way of Awakening?: MN 126
Ven. Ananda's instructions to Unnabha: SN 51.15
"The Middleness of the Middle Way," in Things as They Are (Boowa)
"Pushing the Limits: Desire & Imagination in the Buddhist Path" (Thanissaro)
Desire (as defilement; lobha, kamacchanda, raga). See also Nivarana (hindrances); Kilesa (defilements); Tanha (craving).
As one of the fetters (Sanyojana): AN 10.13
As one of the obsessions (Anusaya): AN 7.11, AN 7.12
As the cause of suffering and stress: SN 42.11
~ ties down the world: SN 1.69
Why ~ and passion connected with the senses is worth abandoning: SN 27.1-8
Why ~ and passion connected with the khandha (aggregates) is worth abandoning: SN 27.10
Why ~ and passion connected with the dhatu (elements) is worth abandoning: SN 27.9
Devas (celestial beings). See also Kamma; Planes of Existence, Thirty-one; Sagga (heaven).
Citta's deathbed conversation with some ~: SN 41.10
Some ~ gather to see the Buddha on his deathbed: DN 16
A huge gathering of ~ visits the Buddha: DN 20
Conversations with the ~ as a basis for faith: DN 11
Occasions when the ~ raise a cheer for a meditator: Iti 82
Omens that a ~ is about to die: Iti 83
As one of the ten Recollections: see Recollections, ten
Teacher of the Devas (Jootla)
"The Thirty-one Planes of Existence" in the Path to Freedom pages
Devotion. See also Relics; Rituals and Ceremonies.
The four Buddhist pilgrimage sites: DN 16
The Book of Protection (Paritta) (Piyadassi)
A Chanting Guide: Pali Passages with English Translations (Dhammayut Order)
The Divine Mantra (Lee)
Matrceta's Hymn to the Buddha: An English Rendering of the Satapancasatka (Ven. S. Dhammika)
Dhamma. See also Teaching the Dhamma.
Basic principles: AN 8.53
Five rewards of listening to ~: AN 5.202
How to listen to the ~: AN 6.88
As one of the ten Recollections: see Recollections, ten.
"Dhamma" in the Path to Freedom pages
Dhammapada.
The Living Message of the Dhammapada (Bodhi)
Dhana (treasures) See also Wealth.
Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha: Khp 6
Seven ~: AN 7.7
"Trading Outer Wealth for Inner Wealth" in Food for Thought (Lee)
Dhatu (properties, elements).
The Buddha's explanation of the ~: MN 140
Why desire and passion connected with the ~ is worth abandoning: SN 27.9
Discernment — see Pañña.
Disenchantment — see Nibbida.
Ditthi (views). See also Questions.
As a yoke: AN 4.10
As a flood: SN 45.171
Wisdom has nothing to do with holding to this or that viewpoint: AN 10.96
What is wrong ~?: MN 117
Distinguishing right ~ from wrong ~: AN 10.103, AN 10.104
The many kinds of ~: DN 1, MN 63, SN 41.3, AN 10.93, AN 10.95
Speculative ~: DN 1
Even the view "I have no self" is wrong: MN 22
The thicket of wrong ~: MN 72
Attachment to ~ is the cause of disputes: Sn 4.8
"Right View" in the Path to Freedom pages
As a tool: "Beyond Right and Wrong" in Inner Strength (Lee)
"From Views to Vision" (Bodhi)
Divine Messengers. See also Aging; Illness; Death.
"Meeting the Divine Messengers" (Bodhi)
Doubt (vicikiccha). See also Nivarana (hindrances); Saddha (conviction).
As one of the fetters (Sanyojana): AN 10.13
As one of the obsessions (Anusaya): AN 7.11, AN 7.12
How can one be freed of all ~?: Sn 5.5
Development of jhana as a means of overcoming ~: Ud 5.7
Downfall.
Causes of ~: Sn 1.6
Downloading.
Downloading the Entire Website
Working with downloaded files
Drawbacks — see Adinava.
Dread (moral) — see Ottappa.
Dreams.
Five ~ that appeared to the Buddha: AN 5.196
How to ensure good ~: AN 11.16
Interpretation of ~ as a form of wrong livelihood for monks: DN 2, DN 11
Drowsiness — see Laziness.
Dukkha (unsatisfactoriness; stress; suffering). See also Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising); Tilakkhana (three characteristics of existence).
The Buddha teaches only ~ and its cessation: MN 22
Six important aspects of ~ to be understood: AN 6.63
~ is inherent in everything the body and mind depend upon for nourishment: SN 12.63
As one of seven perceptions: AN 7.46
"The Weight of Mountains" (Thanissaro)
"Dukkha" in the Path to Freedom pages
"The 1st Noble Truth" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Beyond Coping: The Buddha's Teachings on Aging, Illness, Death, and Separation" (Study Guide)

E  

Ecology — see Nature.
Effluents — see Asava.
Effort — see Viriya.
Eightfold Path — see Noble Eightfold Path.
Emotion. See also Pasada; Psychology; Samvega; Vedana.
The source of ~: MN 137
"Affirming the Truths of the Heart: The Buddhist Teachings on Samvega and Pasada" (Thanissaro)
The Psychology of Emotions in Buddhist Perspective (Padmasiri de Silva)
Emptiness (Suññata).
In what way is world empty?: SN 35.85
Meditation practice that leads to the "entry into ~," the doorway to liberation: MN 121
Practical aspects of developing a meditative dwelling in ~: MN 122
Conquering death by seeing the world as empty: Sn 5.15
Voidness of the five khandha: SN 22.95
"Emptiness" (Thanissaro)
"The Integrity of Emptiness" (Thanissaro)
"Emptiness vs. the Void" (Kee)
"From Ignorance to Emptiness," in Things as They Are (Boowa)
Engaged Buddhism — see Social action.
Equanimity — see Upekkha.
Ethics — see Sila.

F  

Faculties, five mental — see Indriya.
Faith — see Saddha.
Family. See also Children; Lay Buddhist practice; Parents.
How a ~ can preserve its wealth: AN 4.255
Qualities that hold a ~ together: AN 4.32
Causes of a ~'s downfall: SN 42.9
A Happy Married Life: A Buddhist Perspective (Dhammananda)
Fear. See also Death.
In the wilderness, the Buddha comes face-to-face with his ~: MN 4
Ven. Adhimutta reveals his secret for overcoming ~: Thag 16
Four ways of overcoming ~ of death: AN 4.184
Overcoming ~ by recollecting the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha: SN 11.3
Your ~ of birth, aging, and death should be greater than your ~ of a dangerous cliff: SN 56.42
"Freedom from Fear" (Thanissaro)
"Subrahma's Problem" (Bodhi)
Feeling — see Vedana.
Fermentations — see Asava.
Fire imagery. See also "Fire" in the Index of Similes.
Used to describe the nature of clinging: SN 12.52
The Fire Sermon: SN 35.28
Fires of passion, aversion, and delusion: Iti 93
Fire as an illustration of the destiny of a fully Awakened being: MN 72
The Mind Like Fire Unbound: An Image in the Early Buddhist Discourses (Thanissaro)
Fool — see Wise person.
Food (physical and otherwise). See also Nutriment (ahara).
Mindfulness as a preventative against overeating: SN 3.13
"The Food of Kindness" (Medhanandi)
Forest traditions. See also Wilderness.
"The Customs of the Noble Ones" (Thanissaro)
Thai forest traditions
Forgiveness — see Reconciliation.
The Four Noble Truths (cattari ariya saccani). See also Gradual instruction.
The Buddha's first teaching on ~: SN 56.11
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
Direct knowledge of ~ is a hallmark of a true contemplative: Iti 103
As a prequisite for awakening: SN 56.44
Relationship to the Khandha: MN 28
"The Four Noble Truths" in the Path to Freedom pages: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
"The Four Noble Truths" (Study Guide)
"The Four Noble Truths" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
"The Truth and its Shadows" in Inner Strength (Lee)
"The Nobility of the Truths" (Bodhi)
Friendship (admirable) — see Kalyanamittata.

G  

Gender identity — see Sexual identity.
Generosity — see Dana.
Giving — see Dana.
Goal of Buddhist practice — see Nibbana.
God (supreme being, Creator, etc.). See also Comparative Religions.
Belief in ~ (instead of in the law of Kamma) is a form of wrong view: AN 3.61
Great Brahma, the deva who mistakenly believes himself to be the supreme being: DN 11
Goodwill — see Metta.
Goodness — see Puñña (merit).
Gradual instruction (anupubbi-katha).
Mentioned in: Ud 5.3
The Path to Freedom pages
See each of its constituent topics: Dana (generosity), Sila (virtue), Sagga (heaven), Adinava (drawbacks), Nekkhamma (renunciation), Four Noble Truths.
See the chapter "Dhamma" in Refuge: An Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha (Thanissaro)
Gradual training (anupubba-sikkha).
DN 2, MN 107.
Gratitude. See also Integrity; Respect.
As one of the greatest protections/blessings: Sn 2.4
As a requisite for meaningful progress on the Path: AN 5.254
A grateful person is rare: AN 2.119
The dangers of enjoying a gift without showing the proper ~: AN 7.68
How to repay the debt we owe to our parents: AN 2.32
The anguish an aging parent feels when his children show no ~: SN 7.14
"The Lessons of Gratitude" (Thanissaro)
Grief. See also Death.
How to move beyond obsessive grieving: AN 5.49
Do arahants grieve?: SN 21.2
Death and loss are inevitable, but is ~?: Sn 3.8
Guilt — see Hiri (moral shame).

H  

Habitual patterns of thought: MN 19
Happiness. See also Vedana (feeling).
True ~ lies beyond the realm of sensual pleasure: MN 75
How Nibbana is understood as happy and pleasant: AN 9.34
Sometimes confused with suffering: Sn 3.12
Seeing even pleasurable feelings as stressful: SN 36.5, Iti 53
There are many kinds and degrees of ~; which one do you want?: DN 2, MN 59, SN 36.19, SN 36.31, Iti 73
Harmlessness — see Non-harming.
Hatred. See Ill-will (vyapada).
Headache, Ven. Sariputta's "slight": Ud 4.4
Heaven realms — see Sagga.
Heedfulness — see Appamada.
Hell (realm). See also Planes of Existence, Thirty-one; Sagga (heaven); Kamma.
As the destination for one with no discernment: Dhp 137
"Hell" (Dhammapada XXII)
Five grave deeds that lead to rebirth in ~: AN 5.129
Causes of rebirth in ~: Iti 70
"The Thirty-one Planes of Existence" in the Path to Freedom pages
Heterosexuality — see Sexual identity.
Hindrances — see Nivarana.
Hiri (conscience, moral shame). See also Ottappa (moral dread).
Although your past bad deeds cannot be undone, you can overcome your guilt: SN 42.8
As a quality that distinguishes the true contemplative: MN 39
As a basis for acquiring discernment: AN 8.2
As a quality that safeguards the world: Iti 42
As a rare and fine quality: SN 1.18
As a treasure: AN 7.6
As a guardian: AN 2.9
Associated with skillful qualities: Iti 40
"The Road To Nibbana is Paved with Skillful Intentions" (Thanissaro)
"The Guardians of the World" (Bodhi)
History of Theravada Buddhism.
Buddhism in Myanmar: A Short History (Bischoff)
Buddhism in Sri Lanka: A Short History (Perera)
Buddhism in Thailand (Kusalasaya)
Theravada Buddhism: A Chronology
The Edicts of King Asoka (Ven. S. Dhammika)
"The Customs of the Noble Ones" (Thanissaro)
"(Upasika) Kee Nanayon and the Social Dynamic of Theravadin Buddhist Practice" (Thanissaro)
Holidays — see Uposatha days.
Homosexuality — see Sexual identity.
Householders. See also Family; Lay Buddhist practice; Marriage; Money; Precepts; Sensuality.
Showing the proper respect to one's parents: Iti 106
~ are dependent on the monastic community (Sangha): Iti 107
~ should put aside all worries as death nears: AN 6.16
Four kinds of bliss available to ~: AN 4.62
Citta the householder's final teaching on generosity: SN 41.10
Household life is crowded and dusty: Sn 3.1, Ud 5.6
Buddhism and Sex (M. O'C. Walshe)
Humility. See also Integrity;
As one of the greatest protections/blessings: Sn 2.4

I  

Iddhipada (the four bases of power). See also Bodhipakkhiya-dhamma.
Benefits derived from: SN 51.20
The Buddha declines Mara's invitation to use the ~ for worldly aims: SN 4.20
"The Four Bases of Power" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
Ignorance — see Avijja.
Ill-will (vyapada). See also Anger; Conflict; Kilesa (defilements); Metta (goodwill); Nivarana (hindrances).
Ten reflections to help overcome hatred: AN 10.80
~ can never be conquered with more ~: Dhp 3
The sources of conflict and hostility: DN 21, MN 18
Illness. See also Aging; Death; Divine messengers.
The Buddha attends to a monk with dysentery: Mv 8.26.1-8
The Buddha's advice to Maha Kassapa during a painful illness: SN 46.14
One need not be sick in mind just because one is sick in body: SN 22.1
How even a sick person can realize Awakening: AN 5.121
Ten perceptions that can heal body and mind: AN 10.60
Even the best medicines for the body don't always work; here's one for the mind that does: AN 10.108
Five qualities that make a sick person easy (or hard) to tend to: Mv 8.26.1-8
Five qualities that make a good (or bad) nurse: Mv 8.26.1-8
"Beyond Coping: The Buddha's Teachings on Aging, Illness, Death, and Separation" (Study Guide)
"The 1st Noble Truth" in the Path to Freedom pages
"A Good Dose of Dhamma for Meditators When They Are Ill" (Kee)
A Handbook for the Relief of Suffering (Lee)
Ministering to the Sick and Terminally Ill (De Silva)
"Our Real Home" (Chah)
Straight from the Heart (Boowa)
To the Last Breath: Dhamma Talks on Living and Dying (Boowa)
"The Last Sermon" in Inner Strength (Lee)
"The Truth and its Shadows" in Inner Strength (Lee)
"Using Meditation to Deal with Pain, Illness, and Death: A talk given to a conference on AIDS, HIV and other Immuno-deficiency Disorders" (Thanissaro)
Impermanence — see Anicca.
Indriya (five mental faculties). See also Bodhipakkhiya-dhamma.
Look under each of its constituent members:
Saddha (conviction, faith)
Viriya (persistence, effort)
Sati (mindfulness)
Samadhi (concentration)
Pañña (discernment, wisdom)
A summary of the five faculties: SN 48.10
See the suttas in the Indriya-samyutta of the Samyutta Nikaya
"The Five Faculties" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
"The Path of Strength," in Things as They Are (Ajaan Maha Boowa);
The Way of Wisdom: The Five Spiritual Faculties (Conze)
Insight — see Vipassana.
Integrity. See also Gratitude; Humility; Respect; Stream-entry (sotapatti); Wise person.
What is a person of ~: MN 110, MN 113, AN 2.31, AN 4.73
How a person of ~ gives gifts: AN 5.148
Intention, intentional action — see Kamma.
Introduction to Buddhism. See also Introduction to meditation practice.
Buddhism: A Method of Mind Training (Bullen)
Buddhism in a Nutshell (Narada)
"What is Theravada Buddhism?" (FAQ)
Refuge: An Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha (Thanissaro)
BPS "Bodhi Leaves" on various topics
BPS Newsletter essays on various topics (Bodhi)
Beginnings: Suggested Entry Points to this Website
Introduction to meditation practice. See also Introduction to Buddhism; Lay Buddhist Practice; Meditation.
"Basic Breath Meditation Instructions" (Thanissaro)
"A Guided Meditation" (Thanissaro)
"Right Attitude" (Suwat)
Breath Meditation Condensed (Kee)
Buddho (Thate)
"The Path of Concentration and Mindfulness" (Thanissaro)
"Quiet Breathing" in Food for Thought (Lee)
Starting Out Small: A Collection of Talks for Beginning Meditators (Lee)
Starting Out Small: A Collection of Talks for Beginning Meditators (Portfolio 2) (Lee)
Starting Out Small: A Collection of Talks for Beginning Meditators (Portfolio 3) (Lee)
Light of Discernment: Meditation Instructions (Suwat)
Practical Advice for Meditators (Khantipalo)
Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: Meditations: Forty Dhamma Talks; Meditations 2; Meditations 3; Meditations 4; Meditations 5
Anapana Sati: Meditation on Breathing (Ariyadhamma)
Beginning Insight Meditation (Figen)
Buddhist Meditation (Story)
"Mental Culture" (Nyanatiloka)
Itivuttaka.

J  

Jātaka tales (stories from the Buddha's previous lives).
The chariot-maker: AN 3.15
The story of prince Dighavu: Mv 10.2.3-20
See the collection of Jātaka stories retold by Ken & Visakha Kawasaki
Jati (birth). See also Aging; Death; Illness; Rebirth.
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
Fear of ~ should be even greater than fear of a dangerous cliff: SN 56.42
The darkness of ~ is even greater than that of intergalactic space: SN 56.46
Jhana (meditative absorption). See also Concentration; Nivarana (Hindrances); Noble silence; Samatha (tranquillity, calm).
And mindfulness: SN 2.7
How ~ leads the meditator out from the confines of the mind: AN 9.42
Role of ~ in the development of discernment: AN IX-44
Goes hand-in-hand with discernment (pañña): Dhp 372
Goes hand-in-hand with insight (vipassana): AN 4.170
How insight can be developed during or immediately after ~: MN 111
Paves the way to Nibbana: Dhp 372
Envied by the devas: Dhp 181
Practiced by enlightened ones: Dhp 23
A mark of heedfulness: Dhp 27, Dhp 371
Frees one from Mara's grasp: Dhp 276
A hallmark of a true brahman: Dhp 386, Dhp 395, Dhp 414
One day with ~ is better than a hundred years without: Dhp 110
How does the Buddha practice ~ in the forest?: SN 7.18
Formless attainments leading to Nibbana: MN 52, MN 106, AN 11.17
Possible courses of rebirth from practicing ~: AN 4.123, AN 4.124
"Jhana" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Right Concentration" in the Path to Freedom pages
Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: Meditations: Forty Dhamma Talks; Meditations 2; Meditations 3; Meditations 4; Meditations 5
"Right Concentration" (Suwat)
The Craft of the Heart (Lee)
The Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation (Gunaratana)
Keeping the Breath in Mind (Lee)
"The Path of Concentration and Mindfulness" (Thanissaro)
"Jhana Not by the Numbers" (Thanissaro)
Joy. See also Piti (rapture;bliss).
"The Joy of Effort" (Thanissaro)
Joy, appreciative/sympathetic — see Mudita.

K  

Kalyanamittata (admirable friendship). See also Teaching the Dhamma.
"Admirable friendship" in the Path to Freedom pages
As a prerequisite for the development of the wings to Awakening: AN 9.1
What is a true friend?: AN 7.35, Sn 2.3
Benefits of ~: AN 9.1
Having ~ is conducive to the ending of dukkha: Dhp 376
As a crucial support for Dhamma practice: Iti 17
As a way of uplifting your own inner potential: "Potential" (Mun)
~ is the whole of the holy life: SN 45.2
Avoiding lazy people: Iti 78
Choose your friends carefully, for you become like them: Iti 76
What is good friendship for householders?: AN 8.54
"Association with the Wise" (Bodhi)
Kamma (karma; intentional action). See also Devas; Hell; Planes of Existence, Thirty-one; Rebirth; Sagga (heaven).
"Intentional Action" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Right Action" in the Path to Freedom pages
The laws of ~ and rebirth are as inviolable as the law of gravity: SN 42.6
As one of the five subjects for frequent recollection: AN 5.57
Reflect on your actions before, during, and after: MN 61
Six important aspects of ~ to be understood: AN 6.63
Actions of body, speech, and mind determine one's future course: MN 41
How to ease the inevitable bad results of one's past bad deeds: SN 42.8
The rewards of skillful ~: AN 2.18, AN 8.40
The results of unskillful ~: AN 2.18, AN 8.40
The ten courses of skillful ~: AN 10.176
The ten courses of unskillful ~: AN 10.176
The difference between "old" and "new" ~: SN 35.145
Present happiness depends on both past and present ~: MN 101
Past ~ alone cannot account for present experience: SN 36.21
Past unskillful ~ can't be "burned away" through ascetic practice: MN 101
The ~ that leads to the ending of ~: AN 4.235
When I perform an action, am I the same person when I experience its results, or am I different?: SN 12.46
Why do the results of bad deeds vary from one person to another?: AN 3.99
The influence of present and past ~ on the development of skillful qualities: AN 6.86
Five bad actions that you should never do: AN 5.129 (also AN 5.87)
Trying to figure out the results of ~ is sure to drive you crazy: AN 4.77
Inner goodness is measured by the goodness of one's actions: AN 4.85
Act like a dog, and that's what you'll become: MN 57
How ~ accounts for the fortune and misfortune of beings: MN 135
A more detailed explanation of ~: MN 136
The Buddha's Words on Kamma (Ñanamoli Thera)
"Kamma & Rebirth" (Nyanatiloka)
"Karma" (Thanissaro)
"Kamma" (Study Guide)
"Kamma and the Ending of Kamma" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
"A Remedy for Despair" (Bodhi)
"A Refuge in Skillful Action," in Refuge: an Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha (Thanissaro)
"The Road to Nirvana is Paved with Skillful Intentions" (Thanissaro)
"Samsara Divided by Zero" (Thanissaro)
"Skillfulness" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
"The Thirty-one Planes of Existence" in the Path to Freedom pages
Karuna (compassion). See also Brahmavihara.
As a factor leading to liberation: AN 6.13
Systematic practice of ~: SN 42.8
Practicing ~ as a way to deal with annoying people: AN 5.161
Detachment and Compassion in Early Buddhism (Harris)
"Educating Compassion" (Thanissaro)
Kayagatasati (mindfulness of the body). See also Satipatthana (frames of reference).
The Buddha's principal teaching on ~: MN 119
Khandha (the five clinging-aggregates). See also Body); Upadana (clinging); Vipassana (insight).
See the suttas in the Khandhavagga of the Samyutta Nikaya.
How we define ourselves in terms of the ~: SN 22.36
A summary of the ~: SN 22.48
Identification with the ~ as the cause of self-view: SN 22.1
Identifying the five ~ as "self" is the cause of affliction: SN 22.1
Voidness of the ~: SN 22.95
Why desire and passion connected with the ~ is worth abandoning: SN 27.10
"Body Contemplation" (Study Guide)
"Five Piles of Bricks: The Khandhas as Burden & Path" (Thanissaro)
"The Five Aggregates" (Study Guide)
The Self-made Private Prison (De Silva)
See each of its constituents:
Rupa (form)
Vedana (feeling)
Sañña (perception)
Sankhara (mental fashionings)
Viññana (consciousness)
Khanti (patience, forbearance). See also Anger; Paramis.
As one of the greatest protections/blessings: Sn 2.4
Heals the angry person: SN 11.4
How to develop ~: MN 21
Cultivating ~ while being beaten and stabbed (Ven. Punna's view): SN 35.88
A heated debate between two deities on the merits of ~: SN 11.5
The best response to the insults of others (a story): AN 6.54
Kilesa (defilements — passion (lobha), aversion (dosa), and delusion (moha) — in their various forms). See also Anger; Asava; Avijja (ignorance); Nivarana (hindrances).
As a source of harm and suffering in the world: SN 3.23
As putrefaction: AN 3.126
As stains/enemies/murderers/etc.: Iti 88
Abandonment of ~ as a guarantee of non-return: Iti 1-8
~ form the root of unskillful action: Iti 50
~ burn like fire: Iti 93
~ are like dirty stains on an otherwise clean cloth: MN 7
Killing. See also Conflict, Precepts, War.
The one and only thing whose ~ the Buddha approved: SN 1.71
"Getting the Message" (Thanissaro)
Kusala (skillfulness, wholesomeness). See also Manners; Sila (virtue).
Understanding ~ and its opposite as the basis for Right View: MN 9
"The Lessons of Unawareness" in Inner Strength (Lee)
"Skillfulness" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)

L  

Lay Buddhist practice. See also Family; Householders; Marriage; Parents; Precepts.
The definition of various kinds of lay followers: AN VIII 25
Five subjects for frequent recollection: AN 5.57
Four qualities leading to a householder's happiness: AN 8.54
The duties of the layperson: Sn 2.14
The layperson's code of conduct: DN 31
What it takes for a layperson to become a stream-winner: AN 10.92
How a layperson can best work for the welfare of others: AN 8.26, AN 4.99
Five qualities of a sincere lay follower: AN 5.175
Five rewards a layperson can expect for having conviction: AN 5.38
Actions that only lead to one's downfall: Sn 1.6
How skillful actions and choices can protect you: Sn 2.4, Khp 5
Development of the first six recollections can be done no matter how busy you are: AN 11.13
How to recognize a lay stream-winner: AN 5.179
Examples of lay stream-winners in the suttas (see Stream-entry): Anathapindika: Anathapindika: The Great Benefactor (Hellmuth Hecker); and see his entry in the Index of Names; Nakula's mother: AN 6.16; Suppabuddha (the leper): Ud 5.3; Visakha (a.k.a. "Migara's Mother"): see her entry in the Index of Names; 500 women who perish in a fire: Ud 7.10.
Buddhism and Sex (M. O'C. Walshe)
Buddhist Culture, The Cultured Buddhist (Bogoda)
The Buddhist Layman (Bogoda/Jootla/Walshe)
"Dhamma for Everyone" (Lee)
A Happy Married Life: A Buddhist Perspective (Dhammananda)
Life's Highest Blessings (Soni)
"Lifestyles and Spiritual Progress" (Bodhi)
Nothing Higher to Live For (Nyanasobhano)
Everyman's Ethics: Four Discourses by the Buddha, (Narada)
Lay Buddhist Practice (Khantipalo)
A Simple Guide to Life (Bogoda)
A Chanting Guide: Pali Passages with English Translations (Dhammayut Order)
Buddhist Monk's Discipline, The: Some Points Explained for Laypeople (Khantipalo)
Laziness — see Sloth and Drowsiness (thina-middha).
Listening. See also Speech.
How to listen to the Dhamma: AN 6.88
Five rewards in ~ to Dhamma: AN 5.202
Importance of ~ critically to Dhamma: AN 2.46
"A Taste for the Dhamma," in Straight From the Heart (Boowa)
Livelihood, Right.
Actors and comedians — take note of Talaputa's lesson from the Buddha: SN 42.2
Soldiers — take note of Yodhajiva's lesson from the Buddha: SN 42.3
"Right Livelihood" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Right Livelihood: The Noble Eightfold Path in the Working Life" (Jootla)
Lokadhamma (worldly conditions).
The failings of the world: AN 8.6
Five kinds of loss, five kinds of gain: AN 5.130
The perils of fame: SN 17.3, SN 17.5, SN 17.8
"First Things First" in Food for Thought (Lee)
"Nightsoil for the Heart" in Food for Thought (Lee)
Loving-kindness — see Metta.
Lust — see Sensuality.

M  

Mana (conceit).
As a motivation for practice: AN 4.159
As a cause of grief: SN 21.2
Ven. Vangisa admonishes himself to abandon ~: Thag 21
As one of the obsessions (Anusaya): AN 7.11, AN 7.12
As one of the fetters (Sanyojana): AN 10.13
Pride and Conceit (Ashby and Fawcett)
Manners. See also Kusala (skillfulness); Sila (virtue).
Respectable people have good ~: AN 7.64
Etiquette and duties for monks: Cv 8
"Serving a Purpose" in Food for Thought (Lee)
Mara. See also "Mara" in the Index of Proper Names.
Ten armies of: Sn 3.2
Turning the forces of Mara to our advantage: "The Demons of Defilement" (Lee)
The Buddha's Encounters With Mara (Guruge)
Maranassati (mindfulness of death). See also Death; Illness; Satipatthana (frames of reference).
Death can come at any time; are you ready?: AN 6.20
Mindfulness of death should be developed continuously: AN 6.19
As one of the ten Recollections: see Recollections, ten.
"Mindfulness of Death: Insight Meditation" (Lee)
Buddhist Reflections on Death (V.F.Gunaratna)
To the Cemetery and Back (Price)
Words Leading to Disenchantment: Two Essays (Soma)
Marriage. See also Lay Buddhist Practice.
How to ensure that you'll be with your spouse in future lives: AN 4.55
Spouses' duties to each other: DN 31
"A Single Mind" (Fuang)
A Happy Married Life: A Buddhist Perspective (Dhammananda)
Nothing Higher to Live For (Nyanasobhano)
Buddhism and Sex (Walshe)
Meditation. See also Anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing); Introduction to Meditation; Maranassati (mindfulness of death); Metta (goodwill); Recollections, ten; Satipatthana (foundations of mindfulness).
~ is practiced for both one's own and others' benefit: SN 16.5, SN 47.19, AN 5.20, AN 7.64
Why bother meditating in the hopes of some future reward when sensual pleasures are available right now?: SN 1.20
Isn't ~ simply a useless and unproductive activity?: SN 7.17
~ is a skill to be developed: AN 9.35, AN 9.36
The danger of overestimating one's progress in ~: MN 105
Formless attainments leading to Nibbana: MN 106
Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: Meditations: Forty Dhamma Talks; Meditations 2; Meditations 3; Meditations 4; Meditations 5
Practical Advice for Meditators (Khantipalo)
Uposatha observance days
Merit — see Puñña.
Metta (goodwill, loving-kindness). See also Brahmavihara; Paramis.
Karaniya Metta Sutta (Discourse on Loving-kindness): Sn 1.8 and Khp 9
As a protection against harm: Cv 5.6, SN 20.5, AN 4.67
As a factor leading to liberation: AN 6.13
Systematic practice of ~: SN 42.8
Eleven benefits of ~: AN 11.16
Even more fruitful than giving: SN 20.4
Course of rebirths to be expected from those who cultivate ~: AN 4.125
Maintain thoughts of ~ no matter how others address you: MN 21
No one is dearer to one than oneself: Ud 5.1
The radiant brightness of ~: Iti 27
As a basis for the development of jhana: AN 8.63
Practicing ~ as a way to deal with annoying people: AN 5.161
Metta: The Philosophy and Practice of Universal Love (Buddharakkhita)
"Head & Heart Together: Bringing Wisdom to the Brahma-viharas" (Thanissaro)
The Heart Awakened (Siriwardhana)
Nothing Higher to Live For (Nyanasobhano)
The Power of Good Will (Lee)
Metta Means Goodwill (Thanissaro)
The Practice of Loving-kindness (metta) (Ñanamoli Thera)
Middle way (Majjhima-patipada).
Avoiding extreme views: SN 12.15
Buddha's first teachings on the ~: SN 56.11
Middle way between indulgence in sensuality and adherence to fixed rituals and precepts: Ud 6.8
Dependent co-arising as a "middle way" between extremes of views: SN 12.48
"The Middleness of the Middle Way," in Things as They Are (Boowa)
Mindfulness — see Sati.
Mind-reading.
One's own mind: AN 10.51
Another's mind: See Supranormal powers
Reading the Mind (Kee)
Moderation. See also Restraint.
~ with respect to the four requisites: AN 7.64
~ in eating: MN 39, MN 53
Modesty.
As a quality of a great person: AN 8.30
Rare in a person of wealth and power: AN 8.23
Monastic Life. See also Ascetic practices; Vinaya; Work, monastics'.
Permission from one's parents is a prerequisite for ordination: MN 82
Why it took Ven. Sona so long to go forth: Ud 5.6
Ten things for monks to reflect on often: AN 10.48
The fruits of the homeless life: DN 2
Gradual training for monks: MN 107
How to bring harmony to the community: AN 6.12
Five exhortations for new monks: AN 5.114
What it means to live free of society: SN 22.3
A monk's duties: Cv 8
Wrong reasons for a monk to go on almsround: Ud 3.8
Do monks really do any useful work?: Sn 1.4
Meditation monks and Dhamma study monks: Do not disparage each other!: AN 6.46
What makes a monk worthy of respect?: AN 3.94
The Autobiography of a Forest Monk (Thate)
The Autobiography of Phra Ajaan Lee (Lee)
The Bhikkhus' Rules — A Guide for Laypeople: The Theravadin Buddhist Monk's Rules Compiled and Explained (Ariyesako)
The Blessings of Pindapata (Khantipalo)
The Buddhist Monastic Code, Volume I: The Patimokkha Training Rules Translated and Explained (Thanissaro)
The Buddhist Monastic Code, Volume II: The Khandhaka Rules Translated and Explained (Thanissaro)
Buddhist Monk's Discipline, The: Some Points for Laypeople (Khantipalo)
"Duties of the Sangha" (Lee)
Going Forth: A Call to Buddhist Monkhood (Sumana)
Things as They Are (Boowa)
"The Economy of Gifts" (Thanissaro)
"The Food of Kindness" (Medhanandi)
With Robes and Bowl (Khantipalo)
A Taste of the Holy Life: An Account of an International Ordination in Myanmar (Jootla)
Buddhism in Thailand (Kusalasaya)
Money. See also Householders; Wealth.
~ can't buy true happines: AN 10.46
How to protect and preserve one's wealth: AN 8.54
Are monks allowed to use money?: SN 42.10
"The Economy of Gifts" (Thanissaro)
Monk — see Monastic Life.
Moral dread — see Ottappa.
Moral shame — see Hiri.
Morality — see Sila.
Mudita (appreciative/sympathetic joy). See also Brahmavihara.
As a factor leading to liberation: AN 6.13
Systematic cultivation of ~: SN 42.8
A Fistful of Sand (Suwat)
The Heart Awakened (Siriwardhana)
Mudita: The Buddha's Teaching on Unselfish Joy (various)
Murder. See also Death.
Fate of those who commit ~: MN 135, SN 3.25
Myanmar (Burma). See also Sri Lanka; Thailand.
Buddhism in Myanmar: a Short History (Bischoff)

N  

Nama-rupa (name-and-form, mind-and-matter, mentality-materiality). See also Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising).
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
Mutual dependence of consciousness and ~: SN 12.67
Nature See also Wilderness.
"The Buddhist Attitude Towards Nature" (De Silva)
Nekkhamma (renunciation). See also Celibacy; Gradual instruction; Paramis; Restraint; Sensuality.
"Renunciation" in the Path to Freedom pages
The bliss of ~: Ud 2.10
Appreciating the value of ~ is a crucial first step in practice: AN 9.41
~ goes "against the flow" (of craving): Iti 109
As the basis for shedding fear of death: AN 4.184
As the escape from sensuality: Iti 72
As a cause for sleeping at ease: AN 3.34
As a profound kind of rest: Sn 5.11, AN 3.38
"Trading Candy for Gold: Renunciation as a Skill" (Thanissaro)
Renunciation (T. Prince)
Relationship to compassion: "The Balanced Way" (Bodhi)
Nibbana (Unbinding, extinguishing). See also Arahant; Awakening; Deathless; Parinibbana; Stream-entry; Vimutti (release).
"Nibbana" in the Path to Freedom pages
"The 3rd Noble Truth" in the Path to Freedom pages
The foremost: Dhp 184
The foremost ease: Dhp 202
Heedfulness leads one to ~: Dhp 21, Dhp 32
A hallmark of a true brahman: Dhp 414
What lies beyond ~?: AN 4.174
~ is the goal; there's nothing beyond it: MN 144
~ is beyond Mara's reach: SN 4.19
~ is not a "source" or "ground" from which phenomena (dhamma) arise: MN 1
~ is not itself a phenomenon, but is the final end of phenomena: AN 10.58
Pleasure of ~ exceeds all others: AN 9.34
Two forms of ~ (with fuel remaining, and without fuel remaining): Iti 44
Four qualities to develop that lead one towards ~: AN 4.37
"Dhamma and Non-duality" (Bodhi)
"Nibbana" (Thanissaro)
Nibbana As Living Experience/The Buddha and The Arahant: Two Studies from the Pali Canon (De Silva)
"A Verb for Nirvana" (Thanissaro)
"Samsara Divided by Zero" (Thanissaro)
The Mind Like Fire Unbound: An Image in the Early Buddhist Discourses (Thanissaro)
Nibbida (disenchantment, aversion, and weariness with regard to conditioned phenomena). See also Asubha.
As a mark of practicing Dhamma "in accordance with the Dhamma": SN 22.39
"Disenchantment" (Suwat)
Words Leading to Disenchantment: Two Essays (Soma)
Nirvana — see Nibbana.
Nivarana (hindrances). See also Anger; Desire; Jhana; Kilesa.
See each of the five hindrances individually:
Feeding and starving the ~: SN 46.51
Antidote: direct the mind towards an inspiring object: SN 47.10
How to abandon the ~: AN 9.64
Abandoning the ~ is a quality that distinguishes the true contemplative: MN 39
Giving to one who has abandoned the ~ brings good results: SN 3.24
~ are to be conquered in all postures: Iti 111
Like canals dissipating the force of a river current: AN 5.51
"Concentration: Abandoning the Hindrances" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
The Elimination of Anger (Piyatissa)
The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest (Nyanaponika)
"The Mind Aflame" in Food for Thought (Lee)
The Removal of Distracting Thoughts (Soma)
"Right Concentration" (Suwat)
Noble Eightfold Path (ariya-atthangika magga). See also Bodhipakkhiya-dhamma.
"The 4th Noble Truth" in the Path to Freedom pages
The individual factors of the Path:
Right View (Samma-ditthi).
Conditions for the arising of ~: MN 43
"Right View" in the Path to Freedom pages
What is Right View?: MN 9
~ is to be used to the point of overcoming attachment to all views: Sn 4.3
As a tool: "Beyond Right and Wrong" in Inner Strength (Lee)
"From Views to Vision" (Bodhi)
Right Resolve/Intention (Samma-sankappo). See also Non-harming.
"Right Resolve" in the Path to Freedom pages
~ is to be maintained in all postures: Iti 110
"The Road to Nirvana is Paved with Skillful Intentions" (Thanissaro)
Right Speech (Samma-vaca). See also Speech.
Speak only words that do no harm: Thag 21
"Right Speech" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Right Speech" (Thanissaro)
"Noble Conversation" (Study Guide)
Right Action (Samma-kammanto).
"Right Action" in the Path to Freedom pages
Right Livelihood (Samma-ajivo).
"Right Livelihood" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Right Livelihood: The Noble Eightfold Path in the Working Life" (Jootla)
Right Effort (Samma-vayamo).
"Right Effort" in the Path to Freedom pages
Right Mindfulness (Samma-sati).
"Right Mindfulness" in the Path to Freedom pages
Right Concentration (Samma-samadhi).
"Right Concentration" in the Path to Freedom pages
The central role of ~ in the Eightfold Path: MN 117
The Craft of the Heart (part II) (Lee)
"The Noble Eightfold Path" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering (Bodhi)
"The Outer Space of the Mind," in Things as They Are (Boowa)
"The Path to Peace and Freedom for the Mind," (Lee)
"The Prison World vs. the World Outside," in Straight From the Heart (Boowa)
Noble silence (second jhana).
~ explained: SN 21.1
No-thinking: Thag 14.1
As a cause for the arising of wisdom: AN 8.2
Either speak Dhamma, or keep noble silence: Ud 2.2
Non-dualism.
Non-dual awareness not the goal: AN 10.29
"Dhamma and Non-duality" (Bodhi)
Non-harming, Non-violence. See also "Right Resolve" in Noble Eightfold Path.
Leads to happiness after death: Dhp 132
As a supporting condition for Awakening: Dhp 270
Isn't all there is to the Buddhist path: MN 78
The story of Angulimala the bandit: MN 86
How a wise person moves in society: Dhp 49
"The Rod" (Dhammapada X)
"Non-violence" (Study Guide)
Not-self — see Anatta.
Nutriment (ahara). See also Food.
~ for the factors of Awakening: SN 46.51
Four types of physical and mental ~: SN 12.63; SN 12.64
Its relationship to dependent co-arising: SN 12.63; SN 12.11
The need for ~ is what all beings have in common: Khp 1
Four Nutriments of Life, The (Nyanaponika)
Nymphs, dove-footed: Ud 3.2

O  

Ottappa (moral dread; concern for the results of evil actions). See also Hiri (conscience).
As a quality that distinguishes the true contemplative: MN 39
As a treasure: AN 7.6
As a guardian: AN 2.9
As a quality that safeguards the world: Iti 42
"The Guardians of the World" (Bodhi)

P  

Pain. See also Illness; Vedana (feeling).
Don't add mental ~ to your physical ~!: SN 36.6
Preventing physical ~ from invading the mind: SN 52.10
The Buddha shows by example how best to handle physical ~: SN 1.38, SN 4.13
Sariputta's teachings to a dying Anathapindika: MN 143
Mindfulness can protect you from falling into ~'s bottomless pit: SN 36.4
As one of the eight worldly conditions: AN 8.6
Avoiding evil deeds as a way to avoid ~: Ud 5.4
The origin of pleasure and ~: SN 12.25
~ can't be used to purify oneself of past misdeeds: MN 14
"The Details of Pain" (Kee)
Straight from the Heart (Boowa)
Pali canon.
"'When you know for yourselves...': The Authenticity of the Pali Suttas" (Thanissaro)
Pali language.
Pali Language Aids
Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms
A Chanting Guide: Pali Passages with English Translations (Dhammayut Order)
The role of ~ in Theravada
Pañca-sila (the five precepts) — see Precepts
Pañña (discernment, wisdom). See also Paramis; Wise person.
Eye of ~: MN 43
Eight requisite conditions for ~: AN 8.2
Which comes first: concentration or ~?: AN 3.73
Goes hand-in-hand with jhana: Dhp 372
As a treasure: AN 7.6
"Discernment" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
"The Lessons of Unawareness" in Inner Strength (Lee)
"Observe and Evaluate" in Inner Strength (Lee)
Papañca (complication, objectification, proliferation).
As a cause of conflict in the mind: MN 18, DN 21
Paramis (perfections).
Look under each of its constituent factors:
Dana (generous action)
Sila (virtue)
Nekkhamma (renunciation)
Pañña (wisdom, discernment)
Viriya (energy, effort)
Khanti (patience)
Sacca (truthfulness)
Adhitthana (determination, resolution)
Metta (goodwill, loving-kindness)
Upekkha (equanimity)
"The Ten Perfections" (Study Guide)
A Treatise on the Paramis (Acariya Dhammapala (6th c.); Bodhi, trans.)
Parents. See also Children; Family.
How to repay the debt we owe to our ~: AN 2.32
The anguish an aging ~ feels when his children show no gratitude: SN 7.14
~ should at least make sure that their children grow up to respect the precepts: Iti 74
One's ~ should be respected as great teachers and devas: Iti 106
Supporting one's ~: Sn 2.4
At one time or another, we have all been each other's ~: SN 15.14
Reverence for one's ~ as a blessing: Dhp 332
Childrens' duties to their parents: DN 31
Parents' duties to their children: DN 31
Permission from one's ~ is a prerequisite for ordination: MN 82
Parinibbana (total release; complete liberation). See also Nibbana.
Eye-witness accounts of the Buddha's ~: SN 6.15
Parisa (The Buddha's following).
Householders and monastics depend upon each other: Iti 107
"The Economy of Gifts" (Thanissaro)
"The Food of Kindness" (Medhanandi)
The Blessings of Pindapata (Khantipalo)
Pasada (clarity and serene confidence). See also Emotion; Samvega.
"Affirming the Truths of the Heart: The Buddhist Teachings on Samvega and Pasada" (Thanissaro)
Paticca-samuppada (Dependent co-arising). See also Samsara.
If you think you understand ~, as did Ven. Ananda, think again: DN 15
How the world arises and falls according to ~: SN 12.44
A synopsis of ~: SN 12.2
Mutual dependence of consciousness and name-and-form: SN 12.67
Buddha's rediscovery of ~ on the eve of his Awakening: SN 12.65
Is there someone or something that lies behind the process of ~?: SN 12.35
As a cause for the arising of right view: SN 12.15
As a cause for the cessation of wrong views: SN 12.20
As a cause for the ending of the asava (effluents): SN 12.23
As a framework for cultivating skillfulness: "Kamma and the Ending of Kamma" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
As a "middle way" between extremes of views: SN 12.35, SN 12.48
The Buddha reflects on ~ for seven days after his Awakening: Ud 1.1-3
The origin of pleasure and pain: SN 12.25
"The 3rd Noble Truth" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Paticca-samuppada: Dependent Origination" (Nyanatiloka)
Transcendental Dependent Arising: A Translation and Exposition of the Upanisa Sutta (Bodhi)
An extended treatment of ~ by the Buddha: DN 15
Its relationship to Nutriment (ahara): SN 12.63; SN 12.11
The Shape of Suffering: A Study of Dependent Co-arising (Thanissaro)
See each of its constituent factors: Avijja (ignorance); Sankhara (mental fabrications); Viññana (consciousness); Nama-rupa (name-and-form); Salayatana (six sense-media); Phassa (contact); Vedana (feeling); Tanha (craving); Upadana (clinging); Bhava (becoming); Jati (birth); Dukkha (suffering, unsatisfactoriness).
Patience — see Khanti.
Patimokkha (monks' and nuns' rules of conduct). See also Vinaya.
The Bhikkhu Patimokkha
The Bhikkhuni Patimokkha
Perception — see Sañña.
Perfections — see Paramis.
Peta loka (realm of the hungry ghosts/shades). See also Planes of Existence, Thirty-one.
Ajaan Lee's description, in "Knowledge"
"The Thirty-one Planes of Existence" in the Path to Freedom pages
Phassa (contact). See also Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising).
As the conjunction of sense-base + sensory object + sense consciousness: MN 148
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
Piti (rapture; bliss) See also Jhana.
The pleasure and joy of ~:AN 5.176
Planes of Existence, Thirty-one. See also Devas; Hell; Kamma; Peta loka (realm of the hungry ghosts/shades); Sagga (heaven); Samsara.
"The Thirty-one Planes of Existence" in the Path to Freedom pages
Pleasure. See also Happiness; Pain; Sensuality; Vedana (feeling).
The many kinds of pleasure: MN 59
The origin of ~ and pain: SN 12.25
Attending to the ~ of things instead of their dukkha gives rise to attachment: SN 22.60
As one of the eight worldly conditions: AN 8.6
Precepts. See also Lay Buddhist practice; Refuge; Sila; Uposatha
Pañcasila — the Five Precepts (for lay men and women)
The precepts as a gift to oneself and others: AN 8.39
The rewards of observing the precepts: AN 8.39
The consequences of failing to observe the precepts: AN 8.40
"A Discipline of Sobriety" (Bodhi)
"The Five Precepts" in the Path to Freedom pages
The Craft of the Heart (Lee)
Radical Therapy: Buddhist Precepts in the Modern World (De Silva)
Atthasila — the Eight Precepts (for lay men and women)
How the ~ practices are to be practiced: AN 8.43
Right and wrong ways of observing ~: AN 3.70
"The Eight Precepts" in the Path to Freedom pages
The Craft of the Heart (Lee)
Dasasila — the Ten Precepts (for novice monks and nuns)
The Bhikkhu Patimokkha (227 rules for ordained monks); Bhikkhuni Patimokkha (311 rules for ordained nuns); see also Vinaya.
Present moment.
This present moment is the only one there is: MN 131
Pride.
Pride and Conceit (Ashby and Fawcett)
Protection. See also Precepts; Sila.
The greatest ~ for the layperson: Sn 2.4
Restraint — the Buddha's defense policy: SN 3.5
Metta (goodwill) as a ~ against harm: SN 20.5, AN 4.67
Ten qualities that provide ~ for the mind: AN 10.17
Watching over oneself, one protects others; watching over others, one protects oneself: SN 47.19
Protection Through Satipatthana (Nyanaponika)
The Book of Protection (Paritta) (Piyadassi)
Psychic powers — see Supranormal powers.
Psychology and Buddhism. See also Abhidhamma.
Abhidhamma Pitaka
Buddhist Meditation and Depth Psychology (Burns)
The Psychology of Emotions in Buddhist Perspective (Padmasiri de Silva)
Puñña (merit, inner wealth, inner goodness).
As a blessing: Dhp 331
~ accumulates slowly, like water dripping into a pot: Dhp 122
Benefits of ~ in this life and the next: Dhp 16, Dhp 18
Infidelity erodes one's accumulated ~: Dhp 310
How to gain immeasurable ~: Dhp 195
Do meritorious deeds to increase your store for future lives: SN 3.20
Don't be afraid of ~: Iti 22
The arahant's actions bear no kammic fruit, good or evil: Dhp 39, Dhp 267, Dhp 412
Repeated performance of meritorious deeds brings ease: Dhp 118
Three grounds for meritorious action: Iti 60
As a fund to be looked after: Khp 8
As the means of attaining true happiness: AN 5.43
Is making ~ the best one can aspire to in this short life?: SN 2.19
"Merit" (Study Guide)
"Merit," (Fuang)
"The Essence of Merit" (Lee)
"The Power of Goodness" (Lee)
"Merit and Spiritual Growth" (Bodhi)

Q  

Quarreling — see Conflict.
Queer identity — see Sexual identity.
Questions. See also Ditthi (views); Yoniso manasikara (appropriate attention).
Four types of ~: AN 4.42
Five motivations behind asking ~: AN 5.165
How to answer ~: AN 3.67
~ not worth asking: DN 9, MN 2, AN 4.77, AN 10.69
~ best answered by silence: SN 44.10
~s that assume an abiding "self" are invalid: SN 12.12
~ the Buddha left unanswered: Avyakata Samyutta
How the Buddha handles difficult ~: MN 72
"Questions of Skill" (Thanissaro)
Skill in Questions: How the Buddha Taught (Thanissaro)

R  

Racism — see Caste system.
Radiant Mind
The inherent radiance of mind: AN 1.49
"The Radiant Mind is Unawareness," in Straight From the Heart (Boowa)
Rapture — see Piti.
Realms of Existence — see Planes of Existence.
Rebirth. See also Hell; Jati (birth); Kamma; Sagga (heaven).
The skillfulness of one's actions in life determine one's destination after death: Dhp 17, Dhp 18, Dhp 240
Causes of favorable or unfavorable ~: MN 135, AN 3.65, Dhp 310, Dhp 316
How to gain rebirth as an elephant or a horse: AN 10.177
The laws of kamma and ~ are as inviolable as the law of gravity: SN 42.6
What's so bad about being reborn?: SN 5.6
Why not just settle for rebirth among the devas?: SN 5.7
The preciousness of our human birth: SN 20.2, SN 56.48
~ witnessed by Buddha on the night of his Awakening: See Buddha's Awakening.
"Kamma & Rebirth" (Nyanatiloka)
"Dhamma Without Rebirth?" (Bodhi)
"Does Rebirth Make Sense?" (Bodhi)
"The Thirty-one Planes of Existence" in the Path to Freedom pages
Recollections, ten (anussati).
Recollection of the Buddha (buddhanussati): SN 11.3, AN 3.70, AN 11.12, AN 11.13, Thag 6.2
Recollection of the Dhamma (dhammanussati): SN 11.3, AN 3.70, AN 11.12, AN 11.13, Thag 6.2
As a governing principle: AN 3.40
Recollection of the Sangha (sanghanussati): SN 11.3, AN 3.70, AN 11.12, AN 11.13, Thag 6.2
Recollection of one's own virtues (silanussati): AN 3.70, AN 11.12, AN 11.13
Recollection of one's own generosity (caganussati): AN 11.12, AN 11.13
Recollection of the devas (devatanussati): AN 3.70, AN 11.12, AN 11.13
Mindfulness of death (maranassati) (see also Satipatthana).
Mindfulness of the body (kayagatasati) (see also Satipatthana).
Mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati) (see also Satipatthana).
Recollection of peace (upasamanussati): Iti 90
"A Meditator's Tools: A Study Guide on the Ten Recollections"
Reconciliation.
"Reconciliation, Right & Wrong" (Thanissaro)
Refuge. See also Precepts; Tiratana (the Three Gems).
The formula for going for ~: Khp 1
The supreme ~: Dhp 188
The Dhamma as one's island and ~: DN 16, SN 47.13, SN 47.14
"A Refuge in Awakening" (Lee)
"The Threefold Refuge" in the Path to Freedom pages
"What is the Triple Gem?" (Lee)
"Free at Last" in Food for Thought (Lee)
Going for Refuge/Taking the Precepts (Bodhi)
The Threefold Refuge (Nyanaponika)
Refuge: an Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha (Thanissaro)
Release — see Vimutti.
Relics. See also Devotion.
Origin of relic-worship: DN 16
"A Note on the Relics of Sariputta and Maha Moggallana" in The Life of Sariputta (Nyanaponika)
Autobiography of Phra Ajaan Lee (Lee)
Remorse. See also Sila.
Two causes of ~: Iti 30
Two causes of no ~: Iti 31
Freedom from ~ is the purpose of developing sila (virtue): AN 11.1, AN 11.2
Renunciation — see Nekkhamma.
Respect. See also Children; Gratitude; Parents.
What makes a person an elder worthy of ~?: AN 2.38
What makes a monk worthy of ~?: AN 3.94
As one of the greatest protections/blessings: Sn 2.4
As a basis for acquiring discernment: AN 8.2
As a basis for keeping the Dhamma alive for a long time: AN 7.56
Is there anyone worthy of greater respect than the Buddha?: SN 6.2
"Opening the Door to the Dhamma: Respect in Buddhist Thought & Practice" (Thanissaro)
"First Things First" in Food for Thought (Lee)
"Respect for the Truth" in Food for Thought (Lee)
"Visakha Puja" (Lee)
Restless and worry (uddhacca-kukkucca).
Antidote for ~: SN 46.53
Restraint. See also Celibacy; Moderation; Contentment with little; Nekkhamma (renunciation); Sensuality.
Definition of ~: SN 35.206
Benefits of ~: Dhp 7, Dhp 9, Dhp 116, Dhp 360, Dhp 362
As the best protection against harm: SN 3.5
As a quality that distinguishes the true contemplative: MN 39, Dhp 391
~ paves the way to Nibbana: Dhp 289
As a refuge: AN 3.52
As a support to meditation: DN 2
Like dressing a wound: MN 33, AN 11.18
Like a tortoise protecting itself by withdrawing safely into its shell: SN 35.199
Contentment with little: DN 11
A deva encourages a monk to restrain his wandering mind: SN 9.1
Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: Meditations: Forty Dhamma Talks; Meditations 2; Meditations 3; Meditations 4; Meditations 5
"Stop, Look, and Let Go" (Kee)
Revenge.
The story of Prince Dighavu: Mv 10.2.3-20
Right Action — see Noble Eightfold Path.
Right Concentration — see Noble Eightfold Path.
Right Effort — see Noble Eightfold Path.
Right Intention — see Noble Eightfold Path.
Right Livelihood — see Noble Eightfold Path.
Right Mindfulness — see Noble Eightfold Path.
Right Resolve — see Noble Eightfold Path.
Right Speech — see Noble Eightfold Path.
Right View — see Noble Eightfold Path.
Rituals and ceremonies. See also Devotion; Lay Buddhist practice.
Rites don't purify the heart; skillful actions do: AN 10.176
Rituals alone can't take one beyond aging and death: Sn 5.3
Rites and protective charms should be avoided by lay followers: AN 5.175
The best protection comes not from rituals but from generous, moral, and wise actions: Khp 5
Water ablutions cannot wash away one's past bad kamma: Thig 12.1
The Book of Protection (Paritta) (Piyadassi)
Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka (A.G.S. Kariyawasam)
A Chanting Guide: Pali Passages with English Translations (Dhammayut Order)

S  

Sacca (truthfulness). See also Paramis.
"The Honest Truth" in Food for Thought (Lee)
Saddha (faith; conviction). See also Doubt; "Conviction" in the Subject Index of The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro).
As a factor of stream-entry: SN 55.1
~ underlies the practice all the way to the Deathless: MN 70
Five rewards a layperson can expect for having ~: AN 5.38
As a treasure: AN 7.6
"Conviction" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
Relationship between faith and critical inquiry: "Two Faces of the Dhamma" (Bodhi)
"Courageous Faith" (Nyanaponika)
"Devotion in Buddhism" (Nyanaponika)
"Faith in Awakening" (Thanissaro)
Sagga (heaven realms). See also Devas; Gradual instruction; Hell; Kamma; Planes of Existence, Thirty-one.
A rare destination: Dhp 174
Causes of rebirth in ~: Iti 71
Proper use of wealth leads to rebirth in ~: SN 3.19
"Heaven" in the Path to Freedom pages
"The Thirty-one Planes of Existence" in the Path to Freedom pages
Sakkaya-ditthi (self-identity view, personality-belief). See also Ditthi (views).
As one of the fetters (Sanyojana): AN 10.13
As one of the obsessions (Anusaya): AN 7.11, AN 7.12
Like grabbing hold of a branch with a sticky hand: AN 4.178
How ~ comes about: MN 109
How to develop ~: MN 148
How to relinquish ~: MN 148
What is the origin of self-view?: SN 41.3
Identifying the five khandhas as "self" is the cause of affliction: SN 22.1
Salayatana (the six sense-media). See also Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising); Sensuality.
Relation between the ~ and the emotions: MN 137
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
Contemplation of ~ in terms of not-self: MN 148
Why desire and passion connected with the ~ is worth abandoning: SN 27.1
How becoming consummate in the ~ leads to Awakening: SN 35.153
See the suttas in the Salayatana-samyutta of the Samyutta Nikaya.
Samadhi (concentration). See also Jhana; Samatha (tranquillity, calm).
"Right Concentration" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Jhana" in the Path to Freedom pages
~ is to be developed in all postures: Iti 111
~ is a progressive practice: MN 66
Five-factored noble ~: AN 5.28
Not every state of ~ is wholesome: MN 108
Five realizations that arise from ~ based on the Brahmavihara (sublime states): AN 5.27
How ~ leads to discernment: SN 22.5
Which comes first: ~ or wisdom?: AN 3.73
Four developments of ~: AN 4.41
Wrong concentration (miccha-samadhi): "Loyalty to Your Meditation" (Lee)
Basic Themes (Lee)
"Lessons in Samadhi" in Keeping the Breath in Mind (Lee)
Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: Meditations: Forty Dhamma Talks; Meditations 2; Meditations 3; Meditations 4; Meditations 5
"The Path of Concentration and Mindfulness" (Thanissaro)
Samatha (tranquillity, calm). See also Samadhi (concentration); Vipassana (insight).
~ is developed in tandem with vipassana (insight): SN 35.205, AN 2.30, AN 4.170, AN 10.71
Relation to vipassana (insight): "One Tool Among Many: The Place of Vipassana in Buddhist Practice" (Thanissaro)
Sammappadhana (the four right exertions). See also Bodhipakkhiya-dhamma; Viriya (persistence, effort).
"The Four Right Exertions" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
Sampajañña (alertness).
As a component of mindfulness: SN 48.10
Frames of Reference (Lee)
"The Path of Concentration and Mindfulness" (Thanissaro)
Samsara (the round of rebirth). See also Kamma (intentional action); Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising); Planes of Existence, Thirty-one.
"The Round of Rebirth" in the Path to Freedom pages
Lasts long for fools: Dhp 60
Four causes of our long journey in ~: AN 4.1
All the blood we have shed in ~: SN 15.13
All the tears we have shed in ~: SN 15.3
We have suffered hardship in past times: SN 15.11
We have enjoyed happiness in past times: SN 15.12
We wander from birth to birth, as a falling stick sometimes lands on its side, sometimes on its end: SN 15.9
Is a difficult path: Dhp 414
The preciousness of our human birth: SN 20.2, SN 56.48
See the suttas from the Samyutta Nikaya on the topic of samsara.
"Birth and Death," in Straight From the Heart (Boowa)
The Wheel of Birth and Death (Khantipalo)
Words Leading to Disenchantment: Two Essays (Soma)
"The Thirty-one Planes of Existence" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Samsara" (Thanissaro)
"Samsara Divided by Zero" (Thanissaro)
Samvega (spiritual urgency; chastened dispassion). See also Death; Pasada.
Danger #1 — death threatens from all sides: AN 5.77
Danger #2 — the conditions for practice may never again be so good: AN 5.78
Danger #3 — there may not always be good teachers around: AN 5.79
Danger #4 — the Sangha may someday decline: AN 5.80
Who knows? — tomorrow, death may come: MN 131
A call to wake up: Sn 2.10
Death is crashing in on you, like a huge mountain: SN 3.25
Three urgent duties for meditators: AN 3.91
"A Single Mind" (Fuang)
"Affirming the Truths of the Heart: The Buddhist Teachings on Samvega and Pasada" (Thanissaro)
Sangha (1. Monastic community; 2. Community of Noble (Awakened) Ones). See also Monastic life; Tiratana (Triple Gem).
"Sangha" in the Path to Freedom pages
Seven conditions for no decline of the Sangha: AN 7.21
Concord in the Sangha: Iti 19
Sangha members are dependent on the lay community: Iti 107
As one of the ten Recollections: See Recollections, ten.
Sankhara (mental fashionings, fabrications, or formations). See also Khandha (clinging-aggregates); Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising).
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
"Fashionings," in Inner Strength (Lee)
"Anicca Vata Sankhara" (Bodhi)
Sanyojana (samyojana) (fetter)
Listed: AN 10.13
Sañña (perception, naming, labeling). See also Khandha (clinging-aggregates).
Four erroneous perceptions that keep you trapped in samsara: AN 4.49
Six important aspects of ~ to be understood: AN 6.63
Why desire and passion connected with ~ is worth abandoning: SN 27.6
Sati (mindfulness). See also Meditation; Satipatthana.
"Right Mindfulness" in the Path to Freedom pages
The Buddha praises Ven. Cula Panthaka's mindfulness: Ud 5.10
Definition of ~: SN 48.10
As a quality of a great person: AN 8.30
"Mindfulness Defined" (Thanissaro)
"The Path of Concentration and Mindfulness" (Thanissaro)
"The Agendas of Mindfulness" (Thanissaro)
The Power of Mindfulness (Nyanaponika)
Satipatthana (frames of reference/foundations of mindfulness). See also Anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing); Bodhipakkhiya-dhamma; Kayagatasati (mindfulness of the body); Maranassati (mindfulness of death); Sati (mindfulness).
"Right Mindfulness" in the Path to Freedom pages
See the suttas in the Satipatthana-samyutta of the Samyutta Nikaya
As a basis for the development of jhana: AN 8.63
The Foundations of Mindfulness (Nyanasatta)
"The Four Frames of Reference," in Things as They Are (Boowa)
Frames of Reference (Lee)
Maha-satipatthana Sutta (The Great Discourse on the Four Frames of Reference)
Protection Through Satipatthana (Nyanaponika)
Satipatthana Vipassana: Insight Through Mindfulness (Mahasi)
Thoughts on the Dhamma (Mahasi)
The Way of Mindfulness: The Satipatthana Sutta and Its Commentary (Soma)
The Wings to Awakening: an Anthology from the Pali Canon (Thanissaro)
Seclusion — see Viveka.
Self-view — see Sakkaya-ditthi.
Sensuality. See also Asubha (unattractiveness, loathsomeness); Body; Nekkhamma (renunciation); Pleasure; Restraint; Salayatana (six sense-media); Sexual identity; Upadana (clinging).
As a yoke: AN 4.10
As a flood: SN 45.171
The allures and drawbacks of ~: MN 13
Dangers of: MN 45
What's wrong with sensual pleasures?: SN 5.6
Like falling into debt: AN 6.45
Be careful with ~ as you would a venomous snake: Sn 4.1
Clinging to sense-pleasures is a fetter: Ud 7.3
Like a fish caught in a trap: Ud 7.4
Like a suckling calf dependent on its mother: Ud 7.4
Renouncing ~ brings an even higher happiness: Ud 3.2
Six important aspects of ~ to be understood: AN 6.63
Ananda's advice to Vangisa on overcoming lust: Thag 21
The source of ~ lies in the mind's passionate response to sense-objects, not in the objects themselves: AN 6.63
"Sensuality," in The Mind Like Fire Unbound (Thanissaro)
Buddhism and Sex (M. O'C. Walshe)
Separation from what is dear and appealing. See also Dukkha.
"Beyond Coping: The Buddha's Teachings on Aging, Illness, Death, and Separation" (Study Guide)
Sexual identity.
Dwelling on one's ~ is counterproductive to meditation: SN 5.2
Obsessing over one's ~ causes only suffering: AN 7.48
Sexual intercourse. See also Sensuality; Sexual identity.
~ is to be abandoned: AN 4.159
Buddhism and Sex (M. O'C. Walshe)
Sexual misconduct. See also Precepts; Sila.
As a cause of one's downfall: Dhp 309
Causes of promiscuity: AN 2.9
Shame (moral) — see Hiri.
Sickness — see Illness.
Sila (virtue; morality). See also Gradual instruction; Manners; Paramis; Precepts; Uposatha.
If you truly care about your welfare, then develop your inner goodness: SN 3.4
As the foundation upon which the entire path is built: AN 11.1, AN 11.2
As a quality that distinguishes the true contemplative: MN 39
As one of the ten Recollections: see Recollections, ten.
As a treasure: AN 7.6
Guard your ~ well: Iti 76
The Buddha's instructions to his young son: MN 61
Sariputta's teachings to a dying Anathapindika: MN 143
Admirable ~: Iti 97
How to recognize a virtuous person: AN 4.192, Ud 6.2
How to recognize a wise person: AN 3.2
The layperson's code of conduct: DN 31
Development of ~ as a way to ease the inevitable bad results of one's past bad deeds: SN 42.8
Results of transgressing the precepts: AN 8.40
Rewards of observing the precepts: AN 8.39
Rewards of skillful conduct; drawbacks of unskillful conduct: AN 2.18
Standards of ~ for contemplatives: DN 2
Claiming to be enlightened does not justify unrestrained behavior: MN 105
Heightened ~ (adhisila): AN 3.88
The benefits of morality
The blessings of morality
The precepts as a fivefold faultless gift to oneself and others
"Right Speech" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Right Action" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Right Livelihood" in the Path to Freedom pages
Buddhism and Sex (M. O'C. Walshe)
The Craft of the Heart (Lee)
"The Healing Power of the Precepts" (Thanissaro)
Nourishing the Roots: Essays on Buddhist Ethics (Bodhi)
Violence and Disruption in Society (Harris)
"Virtue" (Mun)
Simplicity.
As a quality of a great person: AN 8.30
Sleep. See also Sloth and Drowsiness (thina-middha).
How to get a good night's ~: SN 10.8, AN 3.34, AN 11.16, Dhp 79, Dhp 168
Sleepiness — see Sloth and Drowsiness (thina-middha).
Sloth and Drowsiness (thina-middha). See also Nivarana (hindrances); Sleep; Viriya (effort).
Antidote for ~ in meditation: SN 46.53, AN 7.58
The eight grounds for laziness: AN 8.80
Excuses: "It's too cold to meditate. It's too hot... It's too...": Thag 3.5
As an obstruction to Awakening: Iti 34
Smile, what makes the Buddha ~: AN 5.180, Thag 12.2
Social Action.
The Buddha attends to a monk with dysentery: Mv 8.26.1-8
How a layperson can best work for the welfare of others: AN 8.26, AN 4.99
Buddhism and Social Action (Jones)
Radical Therapy: Buddhist Precepts in the Modern World (De Silva)
Violence and Disruption in Society (Harris)
Solitude — see Viveka.
Speech. See also Listening; Noble silence; "Right Speech" in Noble Eightfold Path.
"Right Speech" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Noble Conversation" (Study Guide)
The criteria for determining whether something should be said: MN 58
Five aspects of suitable ~: MN 21
Five keys to blameless ~: AN 5.198
Ten kinds of praiseworthy ~: AN 10.70
Four ways to answer a question: AN 4.42
Lying is to be avoided: Iti 25
Sensual desire is usually the motive behind telling lies: SN 3.7
The nature of well-spoken ~: Sn 3.3
The results of various kinds of wrong ~: AN 8.40
Right ~ does not mean total frankness or openness: AN 4.183
Ten topics of proper conversation: AN 10.69
Either speak Dhamma, or keep noble silence: Ud 2.2
"Right Speech" (Thanissaro)
Sri Lanka. See also Myanmar (Burma); Thailand.
Buddhism in Sri Lanka: A Short History (Perera)
Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka (Kariyawasam)
Stream-entry, stream-winning (Sotapatti). See also Nibbana; Lay Buddhist Practice (for examples of lay stream-winners); Wise person.
Better than ruling the world or going to heaven: SN 55.1, Dhp 178
Six rewards of ~: AN 6.97
Upon ~, one does away with a vast amount of suffering: SN 13.1, SN 13.2, SN 13.8
Like a thirsty traveler looking into a well: SN 12.68
How to recognize a lay stream-winner: AN 5.179
The kind of conviction and discernment required to attain ~: SN 35.1-10
What it takes for a layperson to become a stream-winner: AN 10.92
How appropriate attention (yoniso manasikara) leads to ~: SN 22.122
The four factors of ~ (and their variations): SN 55.30, SN 55.31, SN 55.32, SN 55.33, AN 10.92
How to recognize — and become — a person of integrity: MN 110
Why doubt does not arise in a stream-winner: AN 7.51
The teaching that led Ven. Ananda to ~: SN 22.83
"'When you know for yourselves...': The Authenticity of the Pali Suttas" (Thanissaro)
"Into the Stream" (Study Guide)
"Merit" (Study Guide)
Suicide. See also Death.
Sappadasa chooses life: Thag 6.6
Supranormal powers.
Is the development of ~ a prerequisite for enlightenment?: SN 12.70
Clairaudience: DN 2, DN 11
Ending of the taints/effluents (asava): DN 2,DN 11
Mind-reading: DN 2, DN 11, AN 3.60
Passing away and reappearance of beings: DN 2, DN 11
Recollection of past lives: DN 2, DN 11
As a miracle: AN 3.60
As the fruit of five-factored noble concentration: AN 5.28
How to reduce a pile of wood to its constituent elements: AN 6.41
Drawbacks of ~: DN 11
A monk displays his ~: SN 41.4
Beware: you can't hide from those with ~: AN 3.40
"The Four Bases of Power" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
"Knowledge" (Lee)
Sutta Pitaka.
How to read a sutta: "Befriending the Suttas"

T  

Taints — see Asava.
Tanha (craving). See also Kilesa (defilements); Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising); Sensuality.
As a motivation for practice: AN 4.159
"Craving" in the Path to Freedom pages
"The 2nd Noble Truth" in the Path to Freedom pages
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
As a fetter: Iti 15
Abandoning ~ for what one holds dear: Sn 5.8
The many kinds of thoughts motivated by ~: AN 4.199
~ causes your thoughts to be influenced by the opinions of others: AN 4.200
See the verses in the Dhammapada on craving.
Why desire and passion connected with ~ is worth abandoning: SN 27.8
Teaching the Dhamma. See also Kalyanamittata.
The Buddha teaches only dukkha and its cessation: MN 22
The Buddha's simile on ~: SN 22.84
Three frames of reference for becoming a fit teacher: MN 137
Ven. Isidatta wisely declines a teaching invitation from his elders: SN 41.3
How to teach Dhamma: AN 4.111
Meditators and Dhamma scholars: Do not disparage each other!: AN 6.46
Don't teach what you don't know: AN 10.24
The Buddha doesn't hold back any esoteric teachings: DN 16
A skilled teacher is like a ferry-man: Sn 2.8
Dhamma should not be taught for the purpose of material reward: AN 5.159
Five prerequisites to teaching the Dhamma to others: AN 5.159
Teaching alone doesn't mean you're truly committed to the Dhamma: AN 5.73
How to recognize authentic teachings: AN 3.72, AN 7.79, AN 8.53, "Recognizing the Dhamma" (Study Guide)
Examples of lay Dhamma teachers: Anathapindika (AN 10.93); Citta (SN 41.7)
How to choose — and learn from — a teacher: MN 95
How to recognize a teacher: AN 4.192
Three kinds of Dhamma teachers: DN 12
Dhamma teaching compared to medical treatment: AN 3.22
The Buddha asks who is his teacher: Dhp 353
Teacher of the Devas (Jootla)
Technical Notes
Tevijja (Threefold knowledge realized by the Buddha during his Awakening). See also Buddha.
Descriptions of ~: MN 19, MN 125
What makes one a true brahman: Iti 99
Various monks and nuns realize the ~: SN 35.88 (Ven. Punna), AN 8.30 (Ven. Anuruddha), Thag 5.1 (Ven. Rajadatta), Thag 6.6 (Ven. Sappadasa), Thag 7.1 (Ven. Sundara Samudda), Thig 5.11 (Ven. Sister Patacara), Thig 5.12 (Ven. Sister Canda), Ud 3.3 (500 monks)
"The Buddha's Awakening" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
Thailand & Thai Buddhism. See also Myanmar (Burma); Sri Lanka.
Buddhism in Thailand (Kusalasaya)
Thai forest traditions
"The Customs of the Noble Ones" (Thanissaro)
A Chanting Guide: Pali Passages with English Translations (Dhammayut Order)
Theragatha.
Theravada Buddhism.
"What is Theravada Buddhism?" (FAQ)
Theravada Buddhism: A Chronology
Therigatha.
Inspiration from Enlightened Nuns (Jootla)
Thinking — see Thought.
Thought.
Habitual ways of thinking: MN 19
Three kinds of unskillful ~: Iti 87
Three kinds of skillful ~: Iti 87
Distracting thoughts.
How to overcome speculative thinking: SN 5.10
The Relaxation of Thoughts (Vitakkasanthana Sutta, MN 20)
The Removal of Distracting Thoughts (Soma)
Tilakkhana (the three characteristics of existence). See also Vipassana (insight).
See each one individually:
Anicca (impermanence)
Dukkha (unsatisfactoriness)
Anatta (not-self)
As marking the path to Awakening: Dhp 277-9
As true regardless of the existence of a Buddha: AN 3.134
Time — see Present moment.
Tipitaka.
Tiratana (the Triple Gem). See also Refuge.
Verified confidence in ~ as a factor of stream-entry: SN 55.1
"The Triple Gem" in the Path to Freedom pages
Refuge: an Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha (Thanissaro)
What is the Triple Gem? (Lee)
Tisarana (the Threefold Refuge).
The Threefold Refuge (Nyanaponika)
"The Threefold Refuge" in the Path to Freedom pages
Transgender — see Sexual identity.
Translators represented on ATI
Truthfulness — see Sacca.

U  

Unattractiveness — see Asubha.
Unbinding — see Nibbana.
Universe, origin and fate of — see Questions not worth asking.
Upadana (clinging). See also Khandha; Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising).
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
Atthaka Vagga (The Octet Chapter) — Sn 4
"The Weight of Mountains" (Thanissaro)
Chapter III of The Mind Like Fire Unbound (Thanissaro)
Upekkha (equanimity). See also Brahmavihara; Paramis;
As a factor leading to liberation: AN 6.13
Systematic practice of ~: SN 42.8
~ with respect to the sense faculties: MN 152
Three kinds of ~: SN 36.31
Practicing ~ as a way to deal with annoying people: AN 5.161
"Equanimity in Concentration and Discernment" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
Uposatha (observance day). See also Sila.
"The Eight Precepts" in the Path to Freedom pages
"Uposatha Observance Days" in Path to Freedom pages
How the eight ~ practices are to be practiced: AN 8.43
Right and wrong ways of observing the ~: AN 3.70
If you choose to observe the ~, do so consistently: AN 10.46
"Uposatha Sila" (Ñanavara Thera)
The Craft of the Heart (Lee)

V  

Vedana (feeling). See also Khandha (clinging-aggregates); Pain; Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising).
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
Whatever is felt is a form of dukkha: SN 36.11
Seeing even pleasurable ~ as stressful: SN 36.5, Iti 53
Seeing ~ as not-self: DN 15
Three kinds of ~: Iti 52, Iti 53
Six important aspects of ~ to be understood: AN 6.63
Why desire and passion connected with ~ is worth abandoning: SN 27.5
See the suttas in the Vedana-samyutta of the Samyutta Nikaya
Contemplation of Feeling: The Discourse Grouping on the Feelings (Nyanaponika)
Vedanta — see Comparative religions.
Vegetarianism.
Views — see Ditthi.
Vimutti (release, deliverance). See also Awakening.
From what is one released?: AN 10.81
Released through awareness: AN 6.13
Four kinds of awareness-release: SN 41.7
Released through discernment: AN 9.44
Released "both ways": AN 9.45
The Buddha's question-and-answer session concerning release: Snp ch. 5
"Convention and Liberation," in A Taste of Freedom (Chah)
"Free at Last" in Food for Thought (Lee)
The Mind Like Fire Unbound (Thanissaro)
Vinaya. See also Monastic Life.
Basic principles of: AN 8.53
A monk's duties: Cv 8
How to know if a particular action is allowable: Mv 6.40.1
The standards of sila for contemplatives: DN 2
Are monks allowed to use money?: SN 42.10
The Bhikkhus' Rules — A Guide for Laypeople: The Theravadin Buddhist Monk's Rules Compiled and Explained (Ariyesako)
The Buddhist Monastic Code, Volume I: The Patimokkha Training Rules Translated and Explained (Thanissaro)
The Buddhist Monastic Code, Volume II: The Khandhaka Rules Translated and Explained (Thanissaro)
An Introduction to the Patimokkha Training Rules (Thanissaro)
The Bhikkhu Patimokkha: The Bhikkhus' Code of Discipline
The Bhikkhuni Patimokkha: The Bhikkhunis' Code of Discipline
Viññana (consciousness). See also Khandha (clinging-aggregates); Paticca-samuppada (dependent co-arising).
Understanding of ~ as a basis for Right View: MN 9
Why desire and passion connected with ~ is worth abandoning: SN 27.3
Mutual dependence of ~ and name-and-form: SN 12.67
"Consciousnesses" (Lee)
Violence — see Non-violence.
Vipassana (insight). See also Samatha (tranquillity); Tilakkhana (three characteristics of existence).
~ is developed in tandem with samatha (tranquillity): SN 35.205, AN 2.30, AN 4.170, AN 10.71
How ~ can be developed during or immediately after jhana: MN 111
As direct knowledge of the five aggregates (khandha):
Analyzing the five aggregates until their appeal is shattered: SN 23.2
Developing skill in applying the four noble truths to the five aggregates: SN 22.56
Developing skill in seeing seven qualities in each of the five aggregates: SN 22.57
A contemplation for every meditator, from beginner to arahant: SN 22.122
Like taking apart a lute in search of its sound: SN 35.205
As direct knowledge of the six sense bases (salayatana): MN 149
Reflection on not-self as a basis for insight: SN 22.59
Basic Themes (Lee)
"One Tool Among Many: The Place of Vipassana in Buddhist Practice" (Thanissaro)
"Stop and Think" in Food for Thought (Lee)
Straight From the Heart (Boowa)
Things as They Are (Boowa)
Satipatthana Vipassana: Insight Through Mindfulness (Mahasi)
"Two Styles of Insight Meditation" (Bodhi)
Viraga (dispassion).
Highest of all Dhammas: Iti 90, Dhp 273
The arahant as having gone beyond both passion and ~: Sn 4.4, Sn 4.6, Sn 4.10
"In the seen there is only the seen...": SN 35.95, Ud 1.10
"At the Tip of Your Nose" in Keeping the Breath in Mind (Lee)
"Consciousnesses" (Lee)
Frames of Reference (Lee)
Viriya (effort, energy). See also Paramis; Samvega; Sloth and Drowsiness (thina-middha).
"Right Effort" in the Path to Freedom pages
Needed for final attainment of truth: MN 95
Wake up!: Sn 2.10
As a quality of a great person: AN 8.30
Five factors that sustain ~: AN 5.53
Virtue — see Sila.
Visakha puja. See also Uposatha.
"Visakha Puja" (Lee)
Viveka (seclusion, solitude). See also Wilderness.
Thoughts of ~ are the mark of a great person: AN 8.30
The pleasure of ~: AN 5.30, AN 6.42
True seclusion is found within: SN 9.1, SN 21.10
It's better to be alone than in the company of fools: Dhp 61, Dhp 328-330
Delighting in the wilds — the mark of a wise person: Dhp 305, Dhp 395, Thag 3.8
"Wander alone, a rhinoceros": Sn 1.3
The monks' way of life in the wilds: Sn 3.11, Sn 4.9, Sn 4.16

W  

Wakefulness. See also Appamada (heedfulness).
As a quality that distinguishes the true contemplative: MN 39
Walking meditation. See also Meditation.
Benefits of ~: AN 5.29
The Benefits of Walking Meditation (Silananda)
War. See also Anger; Conflict.
In ~, there is no winning side: SN 3.14, SN 3.15
Only forbearance, never revenge, can bring an end to ~: Mv 10.2.3-20
Hostility can never be conquered with hostility: Dhp 3
What kind of rebirth can a soldier expect?: SN 42.3
Is there such a thing as a "just" ~?: See "Getting the Message" (Thanissaro)
Positive Response: How to Meet Evil with Good (Buddharakkhita)
Wealth. See also Money; Dhana (treasures); Puñña (merit, inner wealth); references to Anathapindika in the Index of Proper Names.
The ~ of a householder vs. the ~ of one who has lived the renunciate life to its culmination: Sn 1.2
Downfall caused by stinginess: Sn 1.6
How ~ should be both shared and enjoyed: SN 3.19
Actions that lead to the loss of one's material ~: DN 31
~ can't buy true happines: AN 10.46
Focusing on material gain leads one away from Nibbana: Dhp 75
Five skillful ways of using one's ~: AN 5.41
How a family can preserve its ~: AN 4.255
How to safeguard one's material ~: AN 8.54
Relative value of material and spiritual ~: Ud 2.2
The bliss that arises from using ~ wisely: AN 4.62
Few are those who don't get intoxicated by ~: SN 3.6
Contentment is the greatest ~: Dhp 204
"Trading Outer Wealth for Inner Wealth" in Food for Thought (Lee)
Wedding — see Marriage.
Well, parable of the: Ud 7.9
Wilderness. See also Forest traditions; Nature; Viveka (seclusion, solitude).
Where ardent meditators prefer to dwell: Dhp 99, Dhp 305, Dhp 395
Mountains, forests, and grasslands: Dhp 188, Thag 1.41, Thag 1.113, Thag 3.5, Thag 19, Thig 3.4
Qualities required for living in the ~: AN 4.259
As a suitable place for meditation: DN 12, DN 22, MN 118, MN 119, SN 11.3, AN 5.76, AN 8.86, etc.
As a place to sleep at ease: AN 3.34
What can one possibly accomplish by living in the forest, just meditating?: SN 7.17
In the ~, the Buddha comes face-to-face with his fear: MN 4
In the ~, the Buddha shows by example how best to handle physical pain: SN 1.38, SN 4.13
Wandering like a wild deer: Snp I.3
~ is for those not seeking sensual delight: Dhp 99
The Buddha exhorts others to seek out ~: AN 5.114
The hazards of the ~ as an incentive to meditate: AN 5.77
Proper attitude for living with hardship in the ~: Thag 3.8, Thag 5.8
Why do those who live in the forest look so happy?: SN 1.10
Craving follows you, even into the ~: SN 35.63
A lonely monk briefly considers leaving the forest: SN 9.9
An early example of "wilderness poetry": Thag 18
Ven. Maha Kassapa's life in the forest: Thag 18
Why Ven. Maha Kassapa chose to live in the forest: SN 16.5
"The Customs of the Noble Ones" (Thanissaro)
See the teachings from the Thai forest traditions
Wings to Awakening — see Bodhipakkhiya-dhamma.
Wisdom — see Pañña.
Wise person. See also Pañña (discernment, wisdom).
How to recognize a ~: AN 3.2, AN 4.35, AN 4.192, Ud 6.2
What distinguishes the ~ from the fool: SN 12.19, AN 2.21, AN 2.98, AN 4.115
It's better to be alone than in the company of fools: Dhp 61, Dhp 328-330
What the ~ and the fool have in common: MN 33, AN 11.18
Wise reflection — see Yoniso manasikara.
Women and Buddhism. See also the names of individual nuns ("So-and-so, Ven. Sister") in the Index of Proper Names.
The thought, "Women can't attain Awakening" is not to be believed: SN 5.2
Bhikkhuni-samyutta — stories concerning nuns and their battles with Mara (from the Samyutta Nikaya)
Verses of the Elder Nuns (Therigatha)
Discourses of the Ancient Nuns (Bodhi)
Inspiration from Enlightened Nuns (Jootla)
The Position of Women in Buddhism (Dewaraja)
Buddhist Women at the Time of the Buddha (Hecker)
Women in Early Buddhist Literature (Horner)
"(Upasika) Kee Nanayon and the Social Dynamic of Theravadin Buddhist Practice" (Thanissaro)
"Question & Answers (3): The Bhikkhuni Sangha in A Fistful of Sand (Suwat)
The Bhikkhuni Patimokkha: The Bhikkhunis' Code of Discipline
Work, monastics'. See also Monastic life.
Do contemplatives do any useful work? (various answers): SN 7.17; Thig 13.2; Sn 1.4.
World, origin of — see Questions not worth asking.
Worship — see Devotion.

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Yoniso manasikara (appropriate attention; wise reflection). See also the first six of the Ten Recollections; Questions.
What things should one attend to with ~?: SN 22.122
A remedy for a mind consumed by unskillful thoughts: SN 9.11
As a condition for right view: AN 2.125-126
As the key to abandoning greed, hatred, delusion: AN 3.68
As an important quality to develop: Iti 16
As a means to ending the asava: MN 2
"The Seven Factors for Awakening" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro)
"Untangling the Present: The Role of Appropriate Attention" (Thanissaro)
Young people (readings for). See also Children.
The Healing of the Bull: A Story (Karunaratna)
Prisoners of Karma: A Story (Karunaratna)
A Young People's Life of the Buddha (Silacara)