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Theravada Teachings

Prof. David Dale Holmes taught English and World Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Maryland, Munich Campus, European Division, from 1966–92, after which he moved to Asia to lecture at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University, and later at the World Buddhist University in Bangkok. From 1986–92, he traveled yearly between Munich, Germany, and Kandy, Sri Lanka, to study under Ven. Nyanaponika and Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. Here he became familiar with the body of literature disseminated by the Buddhist Publication Society, and later assisted in editing the BPS Wheel Series to make it available online for free download.

Theravada Teachings is published monthly.

The Five Mental Hindrances

Venerable Nyanaponika in The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest, begins: “Unshakable deliverance of the mind is the highest goal in the Buddha’s doctrine. Here, deliverance

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Conventional Body View

People believe that everything they see and conceive of, including their so-called bodily selves, is fixed and permanently there to be used for fulfillment and

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Contemplation of Feelings

Venerable Nyanatiloka Mahathera cites the Word of the Buddha on the contemplation of feelings (Diga Nikaya 22): But how does the disciple dwell in contemplation of the

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On Being Mindful of the Body

An effective way to disseminate Theravada teachings in English is by directly translating and quoting The Word of the Buddha—without ambiguity or speculation—and we can be

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Concerning Right Effort

Right Effort is the sixth factor of the Noble Eightfold Path. If you are to reach a supramundane state, you must realize it through effort

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