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Biographical Works
Early Sources for the Life of the Buddha:

The Earliest Recorded Discourses of the Buddha
(from Lalitavistara, Mahākhandaka & Mahāvastu)

The Great Chapter (Mv 1-4)

The Discourse about the Noble Search (MN 26)

The Discourse to Prince Bodhi (MN 85)

The Journey from Uruvilvā to Ṛṣipatana (from Mahāvastu)

Exalted Utterances (Udāna, KN 3)

The Way to the Beyond (Sn V)

The Great Emancipation (DN 16)

Buddhakhetta and Buddhāpadāna (Ap 1.1 and Essay)

Why the Buddha Suffered (Ap 39.10 and Comm.)


Doctrinal Works
Doctrinal works mainly from the Pāḷi Canon:

Buddhist Wisdom Verses
(551 verses from the Canon)

The Short Readings (KN 1)

Thematic Discourses about Nuns (SN 5)

Nandaka’s Advice (MN 146 & AA 1.4.7)

Arahat Dhammadinnā Elaborates on the Dhamma (MN 44 & Comms. (part))

The Discourse that Set the Dhamma Wheel Rolling (from Vin Mv 1)

The Discourse that Set the Dharma-Wheel Rolling (from Lalitavistara)

The Discourse on Arising and Ceasing (The Fourth Discourse of the Buddha) (Mhv pp. 446-9)

The Discourse giving the Analysis of the Truths (MN 141)

The Second Discourse giving an Analysis of the Faculties (SN 48.10)

The Discourse giving the Analysis of Offerings (MN 142)

The Discourse on the Belief Systems (AN 3.61)

The First Discourse on the Bases for Talk (AN 10.69)

The Discourse about Suitable Deeds (AN 4.61)

The Discourse on the Right Use (of Wealth) (AN 5.41)

The Six Factors of Giving (AN 6.37)

The Explanation and Analysis of Conditional Origination from the Beginning


Meditation Discourses
Works from the Pāḷi Canon on Meditation:

The Discourse about the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness (DN 22)

The Discourse about Mindfulness while Breathing (MN. 118)

The Discourse about Mindfulness related to the Body (MN. 119)

The Discourse to Girimānanda (AN 10:60)

The Long Discourse Giving Advice to Rāhula (MN 62)

The Discourse Concerning Māluṅkyaputta (SN 35. 95)


Some Important Works from the Abhidhamma:

The Matrix from the Abstract Teaching (Dhammasaṅgaṇī 1 & 2)

The Analysis of Conditional Origination (Vibh. 6)

The Analysis of the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness (Vibh. 7)

The Enumeration and Explanation of the Conditions (Paṭṭhāna 1 & 2)


Post-Canonical Works
Some Important Works from the Post-Canonical Period:

Naḷinikā's Story
or: The Seduction of an Innocent (Jā 526)

The Introduction to the Story of the Cuckoo
or: The Buddha goes to War (from Jā 536)

Saṅkha's Story
or: Paccekabuddhas Teach Awakening (from DhpA 290)

Garland of Birth Stories
J. S. Speyer's translation of Āryaśūra's Jātakamālā

The Buddha Carita or The Life of the Buddha
E.B. Cowell's translation of Aśvaghoṣa's Buddhacarita

The Life of the Victorious Buddha
translation of Jinacarita

The Light of Asia by Sir Edwin Arnold

Buddha, a poem by Madame A. Christina Albers

The Extended Mahāvaṁsa
Asoka and the Missions

Arahat Saṅghamittā's Story