Books of Ajahn Maha Bua

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Over the years, there have been a number of English translations of books or Dhamma talks by Luangta Maha Bua. You can find a list of these publications below. If you would like a printed copy of one of these books, please contact us, but be aware that we have only a few copies (mostly of the newer books) in stock at the monastery. Some of these publications can also be found at the Forest Dhamma website or at W.A.V.E. Publications

In Commemoration of Venerable Acharn Maha Bua Ñanasampanno

Paying our Last Respects

The idea for this book came about during the preparation for Luangta Maha Bua’s funeral. While his cremation took place, parts of the book were read to the hundreds of thousands of people who attended the ceremony – giving rise to the title, ‘Paying Our Last Respects’. The book also includes some of Luangta Maha Bua’s very last talks on Dhamma. [...] Read more

Printed for the first time in March 2012.
'In Commemoration of Venerable Acharn Maha Bua Ñanasampanno' contains 196 pages and is available online.
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The Biography of Acharn Khao

A True spiritual Warrior

When Ajahn Khao lived in the forests and the mountains, he got the local villagers to lay out three different paths for walking meditation. The first path he used for paying homage to the Lord Buddha, the second for homage to the Dhamma, and the third for homage to the Sangha. He walked cankama on these three paths at three different times each day.[...] Read more

Printed for the first time in 2011.
'The Biography of Acharn Khao' contains 238 pages and is available online.
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Arahattamagga Arahattaphala - The Path to Arahantship

The Direct Route to the End of All Suffering
A Compilation of Venerable Acariya Maha Bua's Dhamma Talks About the Development of His Meditation Practice:

At present, all that is left of Buddhism are the words of the Buddha. Only his teachings – the scriptures – remain. Please be aware of this. Due to the corruption caused by the defiling nature of the kilesas, true spiritual principles are no longer practiced in present-day Buddhism.[...] Read more

Printed for the first time in 2005.
'Arahattamagga Arahattaphala - The Path to Arahantship' contains 113 pages and is available online.
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Wisdom Develops Samãdhi


”Wisdom Develops Samadhi” is one of the few books written by Acariya Maha Bua who was the abbot of Wat Pa Ban Tad, a country monastery situated close to the village where he was born and brought up.[...] Read more

Printed for the first time in 2003.
'Wisdom Develops Samãdhi' contains 50 pages and is available online.
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The Biography of the Venerable Acariya Mun

Written by Ãcariya Mahã Boowa

Author's Preface
The life story that you are about to read of Acariya Mun Bhuridatta Thera, his way of practice and his moral goodness, is the result of extensive research which I conducted in consultation with many Acariyas of his discipleship who lived with him throughout various periods of his monastic life.[...] Read more

Printed for the first time in 2002.
'The Biography of the Venerable Acariya Mun' contains 497 pages and is available online.
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A Life of Inner Quality

A Comprehensive Guide to Buddhist Practice (10 Talks).

This is a guide for integrating Buddhist practice into daily life, drawn from talks which Venerable Acariya Maha Bua gave over 25 years to various groups of lay people - students, civil servants, those new to the practice and those more experienced. In each case he adapted his style and strategy to suit the needs of his listeners. This point is worth bearing in mind as you read these talks.[...] Read more

Printed for the first time in 1999.
'A Life of Inner Quality' contains 114 pages and is available online.
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Patipada

or the Mode of Practice of Venerable Acharn Mun

This book is a translation of the Dhutanga practices of Venerable Acharn Mun Bhuridatta Thera, and it was written by Venerable Acariya Maha Bua as a companion volume to the "Biography of Venerable Acariya Mun.[...] Read more

Printed for the first time in 1997.
'Patipada' contains 597 pages and is available online.
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Things As They Are

A Collection of Talks on the Training of the Mind (13 Talks).

These talks – except for the first – were originally given extemporaneously to the monks at Venerable Acariya Maha Bua’s monastery, Wat Pa Baan Taad, in Udorn Thani Province, Thailand. As might be expected, they deal in part with issues particular to the life of Buddhist monks, but they also contain much that is of more general interest.[...] Read more

Printed for the first time in 1988.
'Things As They Are' contains 224 pages and is available online.
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Straight from the Heart

13 Talks on the Practice of Meditation

These talks except for the two marked otherwise were originally given for the benefit of Mrs. Pow Panga Vathanakul, a follower of Venerable Acariya Maha Bua, who had contracted cancer of the bone marrow and had come to practice meditation at Wat Pa Baan Taad in order to contend with the pain of the disease and the fact of her approaching death.[...] Read more

Printed for the first time in 1987.
'Straight from the Heart' contains 260 pages and is available online.
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Amata Dhamma

Six Talks on Dhamma

Five of the talks in this book were given for the benefit of Mrs. Pow-panga Vathanakul, who began staying at Wat Pa Baan Taad in early November 1975. The other talk “The Middle Way of Practice”, was given to an assembly of bhikkhus in 1962.[...] Read more

Printed for the first time in 1980.
'Amata Dhamma' contains 50 pages and is available online.
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Forest Dhamma

A Selection of Talks on Buddhist Practice.

The Dhamma talks which have been printed in this volume are all translations from one or two books in which many of the talks of Venerable Acariya Maha Bua have been printed.[...] Read more

Printed for the first time in 1980.
'Forest Dhamma' contains 260 pages and is available online.
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The Dhamma Teachings of Acariya Maha Bua

Talks and Answers to Questions given by Venerable Acariya Maha Bua while visiting London

Acariya Maha Bua accepted an invitation to go to England in June 1974 [...] It was there that he gave the talks recorded in this book.[...] Read more

'The Dhamma Teachings of Acariya Maha Bua' contains 91 pages and is available online.
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Forest Desanas

21 talks on Dhamma

All of these talks were originally given to the monks at the Baan Taad forest monastery. Luangta Maha Bua called these kinds of talks the “tiny pot of curry”, for they were directed only at monks with one aim – the ending of dukkha. These talks go very deeply into Dhamma, which is why he called them “tiny, spicy” teachings suitable for only a few practitioners. Other kind of talks were called “small pot of curry” when directed at general practitioners, and “big pot” when given to the general public.[...] Read more

'Forest Desanas' contains 151 pages and is available online.
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