Buddhist eBooks

As many may know or simply may know and not care, my birthday just passed and I pampered myself with the purchase of a Sony eReader.  In a desperate and delicate manner I quickly uploaded all of the random sutras and writings, books and essays, dirt and dust that were spread about across two laptops, a desktop and three flash drives to get all of my Dharma on one device.

I work at a library, do literacy tutoring, and am constantly reading something.  I chose the Sony eReader partly for the reason that it supports many different formats and I can use it to download ebooks from my public library as well as organize my overflowing physical library.  So while celebrating my choice I came across this from Shambhala Publications.

The twenty-two ebooks now available include the bestselling title, Smile at Fear, in which Trungpa draws on the Shambhala Buddhist teachings to offer us a vision of moving beyond fear to discover the innate bravery, trust, and delight in life that lies at the core of our being. He explains how we can each become a spiritual warrior: a person who faces each moment of life with openness and fearlessness. See his author page on the Open Road website for more information: www.openroadmedia.com/author_trungpa.html

Ebooks available from Amazon.com, the Apple iBookstore, Barnesandnoble.com, and the Sony Reader Store: Born in Tibet, Crazy Wisdom, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, First Thought, Best Thought, Great Eastern Sun, Journey Without a Goal, Mudra: Early Songs and Poems, Ocean of Dharma, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Smile at Fear, The Essential Chögyam Trungpa, The Lion’s Roar, The Myth of Freedom, The Path is the Goal, The Sanity We Are Born With, The Truth of Suffering, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Training the Mind, Transcending Madness, True Perception, Chögyam Trungpa: His Life and Vision by Fabrice Midal, Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chögyam Trungpa by Diana Mukpo

I also noticed that on “Access to Insight:  Purveyers of fine Theravadan Dharma since 1993”, they have several books ready for download in the ePub format.  Check them out here.  Very awesome and free.

Check out Buddha Torrents for some links to downloads…but shhhhh…you bend a precept slightly while doing it.  I own my karma and I own several downloads from them…I am good with that.

BuddhaNet eBooks section has some great titles as well for free.  “Zen Pure Land, Pure Land Zen” is still an epic favorite of mine from their site and was one of the first I downloaded to my reader.

UrbanDharma also has a nice selection of eBooks for download.  Many are from that Theravadan rock-star Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 If you have any other resources for free buddhist ebooks, please leave them in the comments and I will include them in the list.

Happy Reading!



18 thoughts on “Buddhist eBooks

  1. Thanks for the great reference list. I have 3 or 4 of Chogyam’s books from the 70s and 80s and found him to be one of the very best at creating openness and awareness in me as I read. I had no idea there were so many more books of his available and I am looking forward to reading more of them.

  2. ok so does run the nook app and the kindle app?

    I’ve heard mixed reviews….

    What do you think John?

    I’m a proabably just as big a bibliophile as you are.

    Why did you decide to go with the sony instead of the nook or kindle?

    • A few reasons:

      Over Nook or Kobo because it is fully a touchscreen at close to the same price. Although Nook was my second choice.

      Over Kindle because of content issues that would limit me to purchasing ebooks rather than using my public library and borrowing them. Amazon has a tight leash on that.

      The one drawback to the Sony, IMHO, is that it does not have the option for additional memory unlike the Nook and Kobo that allow for an SD card.

      But my main use was to borrow ebooks from the library and upload my massive collection of PDFs. Other people may have different goals so they would go in a different direction (for example, I could care less about wireless access, which Sony does not have)

  3. Could you please explain how to “bend a precept slightly”.

    If you were the author/publisher of a book available for download @ Buddha Torrents would you still recommend this?

    • Yes, I would. I am an advocate of an open flow of information. And they are not avialable for downoad at Buddha Torrents but the blogger does link to places where they have been uploaded.

      I may not have been clear in my post.

      To bend a precept, you need to have some flexability around the tummy…yoga stretches work as do jumping jacks.

    • I always stretch before precept bends or I may actually break something. While there is something to say about it on both sides, I have downloaded a few very helpful texts from your site and was sad to see it end.



  4. Thanks so much for the listing. Very helpful to someone like me, just moving into the e-world of studying and learning.
    Wishing you happiness and enlightenment

  5. Hi John… Congrats on your Blogisattva win! Thanks for all you do.
    We have a few e-books available at Sumeru and our intention is to keep publishing more. We will have a Rimey Lama Chopa by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche available in February 2011. Best wishes.

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