Buddhism for Beginners

At the UBC, we welcome all individuals wether you are familiar or unfamiliar with Meditationa dn Buddhism. All our teaching programs are suitable for beginners.

Useful links for your further reading :

Useful Books:

Most of these books are in the UBC library, and some of them may be available for free distribution, and some are available on the internet in PDF format free for downloading.

  • What Buddhists Believe  by Ven. K Sri Dhammananda
  • Planting Dhamma Seeds in Africa by Ven. Buddharakkhita
  • Drop by Drop: Practicing the Dhamma in Daily Life by Ven. Buddharakkhita
  • Caring for our Planet: Buddhism and Environment by Ven. Buddharakkhita
  • What the Buddha taught   by Ven.  Walpola Rahula
  • The Buddha and his teachings   by Ven. Narada
  • The Four Noble Truths   by Ajahn Sumedho
  • Mindfulness in Plain English   by Ven. Henepola Guneratne
  • The Dhammapada, Buddha’s Path  of  Wisdom

Tipitaka – Canonical texts

The Tipitaka is the collection of the Buddha’s teachings set into three groups of 1. Sutta, 2. Vinaya and 3. Abhidhamma.  These three sets represent the equivalent of what Christians might call the “Buddhist Bible”.

Sutta (Teaching of the Buddha in his own words)

Sutta Central : A site of the collections of early Buddhist texts, translations and parallels.

Access To Insight : A link to the Sutta Pitaka

Vinaya (Monastic discipline or rules)

Access To Insight : A link to the Vinaya Pitaka

Abhidhamma (Philosophical & metaphysical analysis of the Buddha’s teaching)

Access To Insight :  A link to the Abhidhamma Pitaka

Abhidhamma.com : A site aims to introduce and promote  Abhidhamma as a systematic and practical exposition of the Buddha-Dhamma and as a part of Palicanon.