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Fantastic free ebooks

Postby logidelic » Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:10 pm

Hi all,

I just got my Kindle and am excited at the wealth of freely available Buddhist ebooks out there. The problem is that there are too many to choose from! Therefore, I thought I'd start a thread seeking personal recommendations of specific fantastic free ebooks.

I'll start things going by recommending Food for the Heart (Ajahn Chah). Actually I read this just recently in print (which has a lot more content than the ebook so probably worth the purchase anyway). This was my first real exposure to Ajahn Chah and I loved it. Simple, applicable, inspiring.

(This is my first post here, so I apologize if I broke a rule or if this is in the wrong forum, etc.)
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby David2 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:06 pm

Maybe you could just download a lot of them... and read in every book the first pages. Then you can decide if you read on or delete it again.

(Sorry that I cannot give you a recommendation, but at the moment I am not reading any ebooks -- though I am planning to buy a reader and do it, too.)
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby Viscid » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:11 pm

All of Chah's books are excellent: http://www.ajahnchah.org/index2.htm
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby James the Giant » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:34 pm

EDIT: I have updated the links to the new December 2012 version

I love dipping into the suttas, often at random. I don't like paying for ebooks, so I converted the whole of Access To Insight's Tipitaka to both EPUB and MOBI formats.

Here's the Epub version, 12.4 Megabytes
http://www.mediafire.com/?q5pf18k3e8n18d9

And here's the MOBI version, for kindle, 18.5 Megabytes.
http://www.mediafire.com/?62cyhi48zc2ctwt

It's a quick and dirty conversion using Calibre auto-convert, but it works.
The hyperlinks within the book work fine, but there are also links to other pages of Access To Insight that aren't in the Tipitaka, so they are basically dead links unless you have internet access on your ebook.
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby Euclid » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:08 pm

I'm not sure how the format for ebooks works, but what-buddha-taught.net has a huge wealth of free buddhist publications in the form of PDFs, and occasionally in straight HTML
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby Thaibebop » Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:41 pm

Thanks for sharing everyone,
cheers! :anjali:
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby Platypus » Sun May 29, 2011 10:14 pm

Not as much an e-book, but an online book,
I have the paper copy too.
http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/bu ... each00.htm
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby BKh » Mon May 30, 2011 12:59 am

I have compiled a list of Sutta e-books(epub/mobi) here, although not all are free:

http://readingfaithfully.org/book-sourc ... bi-kindle/

I'm surprised that Bhante Anandajoti's huge collection of epub/mobi English Sutta translations have not (to my knowledge) been mentioned on the forums. All of his English Sutta translations are available in a bundle on this page:

http://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/d ... /index.htm

Of special note is the anthology Buddhist Wisdom Verses because it includes translations of many Jataka verses. If you enjoy his work, please do drop him an e-mail.
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby BKh » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:35 pm

I just uploaded an e-book of the Dhammapada by Ven. Buddharakkhita. The text was taken from Access To Insight.

It's about half way down on this page:
http://readingfaithfully.org/book-sourc ... bi-kindle/


Any feedback on formatting would be most welcome.

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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby christopher::: » Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:09 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby hikerbob » Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:10 am

Euclid wrote:I'm not sure how the format for ebooks works, but what-buddha-taught.net has a huge wealth of free buddhist publications in the form of PDFs, and occasionally in straight HTML


As of this date, September 9, 2011,
what-buddha-taught.net recently considerable expanded their offerings
and another valuable site is
http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma5/ebooks.html
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby Dmytro » Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:27 am

Hi,

Sadhu! directory http://dhamma.ru/sadhu/ has a wide choice of good books.

Best wishes, Dmytro
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby BKh » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:23 am

Ajahn Thanissaro's Dhammapada translation and the anthology Into the Stream have just come out as e-books. They, along with many other books, can be found here:
http://www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html

And Ven. Yuttadhammo has created e-pubs for Cowel's Jataka translation. They can be found here:
http://yuttadhammo.sirimangalo.org/2010 ... ollection/
They convert well to .mobi using Calibre.

The OP seemed to be asking specifically about e-books in the Kindle sense of the word, not just electronic texts in general.
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby BKh » Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:59 pm

There is now a version of Ajahn Viradhammo's The Stillness of Being available as a Kindle and Epub book.

(these are temporary links until it gets posted on the Tisarana website)

Epub:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/52341497/Stillness_of_Being.epub
Mobi/Kindle
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/52341497/Stillness_of_Being.mobi

There is also a version on the Tisarana website as pdf, for those without e-book readers:
http://tisarana.ca/includes/server.php?act=books
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby BKh » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:52 pm

Just noticed that Ajahn Thanissaro's anthology Beyond Coping is now available as an epub, mobi/Kindle as well as PDF. For those who aren't familiar, this is a sizable anthology on the topic of old age, sickness and death.

http://dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html

You can view the same text on Access to Insight here:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/beyondcoping/index.html
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby BKh » Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:41 pm

I've mentioned these in other threads, but I'll put them here as well to keep this updated...

Epub and Kindle: Acharya Buddharakkhita's Dhammapada, two versions, one with English only, one with English and Pali:
http://readingfaithfully.org/canonical- ... b-pdf-mp3/

Epub and Kindle: Venerable Narada's translation is here:
http://readingfaithfully.org/canonical- ... arada-pdf/

Epub: Bhikkhu Pesala has published an edited version of Ven. Narada's translation. It includes the Pali as well as summaries of the commentary stories. Also a hyperlinked index of the stories. A pdf, epub, and html version can be found here:
http://www.aimwell.org/Books/Suttas/Dha ... apada.html

There is now a free e-book version of Fausboll's translation of the Sutta Nipata here:
http://readingfaithfully.org/book-sourc ... ndle-epub/

Kindle and epub: Psalms of the Sisters, Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids 1909 translation of the Therigatha along with the verse origin stories. This edition, like the original, also contains a translation of the Bhikkhunisamyutta, the fifth book of the Samyutta Nikaya.
http://readingfaithfully.org/book-sourc ... ndle-epub/

Ajahn Thanissaro's complete Udana translation:
http://dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html

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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby leddar9947 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:03 pm

i have converted the book "Knowing & Seeing" by Pa Auk Sayadaw from the .pdf format to .doc format, so that anyone interested can convert it in .epub format.
The OCR software made some errors in the identification of some diacritical marks, but i hope that this .doc version can still be useful.
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Re: Fantastic free ebooks

Postby BKh » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:04 pm

Now out as epub and mobi/Kindle:

Mindful of the Body: A Study Guide. This study guide focuses on the primary sutta in the Pali Canon dealing with the contemplation of the body: The Discourse on Mindfulness Immersed in the Body (MN 119). Early Buddhism teaches that the body can be used to develop mindfulness and concentration, which in turn can be used to free the mind of its attachments to the body. Then the mind and body can live in peace.

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