Theravada Buddhism is not the oldest form of Buddhism, but it is the oldest surviving form of Buddhism.   There are many ways to approach Theravada Buddhism, which is the type of Buddhism DC Buddhist Studies Group focuses on.  We are not academics or scholars, just friends meeting informally to discuss Buddhist texts.   Here are some recommended texts from various members of our group.

These are the 3 primary texts which Washington D.C. Buddhist Studies uses for most of our discussions:

  1. The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya translated by Bhikkhus Nanamoli & Bodhi
  2. In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon compiled and translated by Bhikku Bodhi
  3. Wings to Awakening: An Anthology from the Pali Canon by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)
    To request a printed copy of this book, please write to: Metta Forest Monastery, P.O. Box 1409, Valley Center, CA 92082, USA. Otherwise it is freely available in PDF, HTML and other electronic formats.

Note: The first two texts are available in a number of area public libraries and through interlibrary loan at any library.

Here is a large collection of audios from Forest Dhamma Monastery









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