Books, Articles, Links, Audio’s


Sayadaw U Pandita, In this Very Life. The liberation teachings of the Buddha

Boston, 1992. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-311-7 (304 pp.)

In this Very Life – This book is a transcription of the Dhamma-teachings given by Burmese meditation teacher Sayadaw U Pandita during his first visit to the United States in 1984, in a three months retreat. American Dhamma-teachers such as Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield en Sharon Salzberg were among the participants. A warm, powerful and sparkling book, the best and most important I know.  (Here in digital version)

Mahasi Sayadaw, Manual of Insight

Somerville MA, 2016. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 978-1-61429-277-7 (744 pp.)

In 2016 American Vipassana teacher Steve Armstrong (together with international Vipassana Metta Foundation Translation Committee) finished the translation of Mahasi Sayadaw’s (1904-1982) magnum opus Manual of Insight (1944).

Basic Instructions Mahasi-Method

The Mahasi-method of Vipassana, as explained by Mahasi Sayadaw in 1951.

More books of Mahasi Sayadaw

Links to digital versions on the website of the English monk Bhikkhu Pesala, ordained in 1979 by Mahasi Sayadaw and U Janaka.

Since 2015 most of these books have been reprinted by Buddha Sasana Nuggaha Organization, Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha, Yangon, Myanmar.

Wisdom for the World and Mindful Advice to my Nation.

USA, 2019. World Dharma Publications. ISBN-13: 978-0-9894883-1-0 (126 pp.)


Nine conversations of Alan Clements with Sayadaw U Pandita in February 2016, two months before his passing away. Also offered as a free online book.

Buddhanet e-books

A rich source of texts. See especially Theravada Teachings and Theravada Buddhism.


Starting Page Vipassana

A survey of Vipassana methods (Mahasi, U Ba Khin, Thailand, ‘Western Buddhist Movement’) and where they can be practiced. Pali texts, books and local groups in Netherland en Belgium.

Access to Insight

Website of American monk Ajahn Thanissaro (Metta Forest Monastery, San Diego, CA).

Buddhist Publication Society (Sri Lanka)

Founded 1958 by German monk Nyanaponika Mahathera. A real treasure of Theravada Buddhism.

A recent shoot on Dutch Dhamma tree, since 2017, with well wrought articles about the Buddha’s teaching.


Additional instructions Mahasi-method

as given by Sayadaw U Vivekananda (Panditarama Lumbini).

Paving the Way. Guidance for Yogis at Interview

By Sayadaw U Pandita.

A True Spiritual Friend

“The main quality of a kalyana mitta is his or her depth — the twin qualities of wisdom and compassion. They should be well developed. Eloquence, humor or intensity of speech are only superficial qualities.” (Sayadaw U Pandita)

Sharpening the Dull Mind

Teaching by Sayadaw U Pandita, given December 28 2015, in the last 60-day Special Retreat conducted by him.

Metta: the best glue in human relationships

Teaching by Sayadaw U Pandita at the closing ceremony of the 16th Special Retreat (2014-2015), January 29 2015.

Interview with Sayadaw U Pandita

From Alan Clements’ book Instinct for Freedom. A book about Everyday Revolution – Finding Liberation Through Living (1996). Clements is asking some typical Westerner’s questions such as: ‘What is non-duality in Pali?’ but Sayadaw U Pandita makes the best of it.

The Four Functions of Mindfulness

Dhamma Talk by Joseph Goldstein, April 14 2004, at Forest Refuge of Insight Meditation Society (IMS), Barre, MA.


U Vivekananda

German, born 1956, became a monk with U Pandita in 1989, who made him head of Panditarama Lumbini (Nepal), the birthplace of the Buddha, in 1998.

Joseph Goldstein

Born 1944, co-founder in 1975 and still resident teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Born 1947, became a monk in his hometown Birmingham (UK) in 1986. Practised with U Janaka and U Pandita and for eight years in Sri Lanka (Kanduboda). Returned to England in 1998, was resident teacher at Gaia House 2001-2004 and founded Satipanya Buddhist Retreat in 2007.