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‘MEANINGS’ by Bhikkhu Ninoslav Ñānamoli

Posted: June 26, 2014 by pathpress in News


Essays and Letters on Dhamma

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Doubt always remains present and it continuously needs fixing. But how to realize the ideal meaning, if not by following what others have done and by fulfilling commonly-accepted techniques and views? What is the real meaning of existence and suffering?

Meanings is not a book to give direct answers to such questions. There is nothing here that you can take up as a belief, an empty speculation or a theory. The author, Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli, refrains from explaining Dhamma, an act which he regards as mere psychological investigation and linearly-connected facts. Here is no intent to set up a fixed theory. What the author does do is describe the nature of experience as it is: not about this or that problem or fact in the world, but the experience as such—Dhamma, which has to be investigated with proper attention e.g. seeing the present simultaneous relationship of an arisen thing and its determination. With proper attention, the being of things is gradually revealed—and not understanding the nature of this being, the author says, is the fundamental ignorance. He then describes nothing but the nature, the dhamma, of things—not by looking for the meaning, but understanding meanings.NyanaPPP

Essays’, the first part of the book, contains just that: descriptions of the experience. This is no doubt difficult material to digest: it demands that the reader recognize those described things in his own experience. Without developed mindfulness and right attention, these writings will be impossible to grasp.

The second part of the book, the ‘Correspondence with Mathias’, provides useful support in understanding the essays. This private correspondence has been taking place with a German friend, Mathias, since 2009.

The third part, ‘Additional Texts’, contains questions posted on by people who wanted to understand the essays and sought clarification, with answers by Ven. Ñāṇamoli. (From the Preface)


Books for Free Distribution… An Invitation

Posted: February 26, 2014 by pathpress in News

In order to make available books published by Path Press Publications to people who, though interested in their contents, do not have the opportunity to access them, Path Press Publications has begun a project of free distribution of its titles to a small number of monasteries, libraries and individuals (monastics who, of necessity, haven’t the means to purchase them). The expectation is that in doing so these books are likely to find readers who will both appreciate their value, and benefit, perhaps profoundly, from an encounter with them.

Funds, however, in support of this project are limited. As those familiar with them are aware, these books are not intended for the casual reader, and cannot really be considered ‘commercially viable’ in the conventional sense. Hence their sales do not generate significant revenue—all of which is used entirely for the printing of more books as well as in the preparation of new titles. (Path Press Publications is a strictly nonprofit enterprise, administered through the efforts of volunteers, with no financial compensation paid to any of its officers or associates.)

Because of these financial constraints funding of this important project must rely on the support of interested donors, and Path Press invites those who appreciate the usefulness of these books, and are inclined to do so, to contribute at whatever level is comfortable. Simply add a note when offering a donation requesting that the sum be used to sponsor the free distribution of books. Your help will be gratefully received, and every effort will be made to ensure that books are sent where they are most likely to be put to good use.

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NEW PUBLICATION: The Hermit of Būndala

Posted: January 4, 2014 by pathpress in News

Today would be Ven. Ñāṇavīra 94th birthday and in commemoration of this day, Path Press Publications has published his long-awaited biography,

The Hermit of Būndala
Biography of Ñāṇavīra Thera and
reflections on his life and work

by Bhikkhu Hiriko Ñāṇasuci

An attempt to compile all that is known about Ñāṇavīra’s life and thought. The book retells stories from after his death, about controversies, lost or burned letters, his surviving legacy, and the growth of interest in these writings till the present time.

isbn: 9789460900082, 320 pages.

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Set-price for Collected Writings of Ñāṇavīra Thera

Posted: July 23, 2013 by pathpress in News

ImagePath Press Publications now offers a set-price if you want to get both Clearing the Path and Seeking the Path for lower price: for €50. (The list-price is €70 (€35 each) what means you would save €20.)

It is only available at the Path Press Publications website. If you wish to order the books, click here.


Clearing the Path contains the text of Ven. Ñāṇavīra’s revised Notes on Dhamma (1960-1965) together with 161 letters of varying lengths written by Ven. Ñāṇavīra to nine correspondents, which serve (as the author himself stated) as a commentary on the Notes. The texts are scrupulously edited, extensively annotated and cross-referenced by means of a comprehensive index.
[Collected Writings of Ñāṇavīra Thera: Volume 1, 624 p., hardbound]

Seeking the Path consists of Ven. Ñāṇavīra’s extensive correspondence with Ven. Ñaṇamoli Thera from 1954-1959. These letters shed considerable light on the relations between the two men and provide a wealth of material on the formation of Ven. Ñāṇavīra’s thought prior to his ‘stream entry’. The remainder of the volume includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Marginalia from books owned by Ven. Ñāṇavīra.
[Collected Writings of Ñāṇavīra Thera: Volume 2, 670 p., hardbound]

NEW Ñāṇavīra Thera Dhamma Page

Posted: July 4, 2013 by pathpress in News

tundra - CopyOn 5th July, on 48th anniversary of Ven. Ñāṇavīra’s death, we are presenting this new Ñāṇavīra Thera Dhamma Page (NTDP). It become a responsive website—now it can be easier to read and navigate with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—something that users of mobile phones, book readers and tablets much appreciate. Apart of things which already appeared on the old website here you can also find early letters of Ven. Ñāṇavīra and other writings published in Seeking the Path in a readable PDF. Moreover we decided to reopen a forum where the community can support you when you seek for help in Dhamma and guide in Ven. Ñāṇavīra’s writings. We hope that you will find this space helpful in your development of the mind. If you have any other question and inquiries, please do contact us.

ImageSāmanera Bodhesako
Stringhoppers and Rabbitholes
Letters of a Wayfarer
isbn: 9879460900068
414 p.
€ 24,00


“What I’ve tried to do in this pastiche of letters (written by Bob to myself or his father) is no more than to suggest a man and his search for meaning; what he may have found, or ghosts of what may be found. In no way does it purport to be a biography—or autobiography—in any other sense.

I’ve centered the narrative of the letters in Sri Lanka—now and then pulling from the past in other places—because it’s there that he spent almost twelve years as a Buddhist monk. Much of that time he lived in a fashion which hasn’t been seen in the West since medieval times when mendicant friars wandered through Europe. In his last years, he had simple but modern digs on the tea-estate of an English couple near Bandarawela in the southern highlands of Sri Lanka, where, along with his begging bowl and a few books he had the personal computer, which, with no instruction, he programmed for the difficult diacritical demands of Clearing the Path.

Bob was always up for a new mental challenge. Despite his deeming it necessary for himself to be cut off from much of the technological trivia that imprisons most people in the modern world, he kept as keen and curious an eye on science and technology as literature and philosophy, and politics, for that matter, although he considered that a minor vice. But the journalist, even war-correspondent, still perked a little in his blood, as a few of his lengthy letters describing Sri Lanka’s communal strife clearly demonstrated.” (From the Foreword by Hum)

NEW BOOK: “Getting Off” by Bodhesako

Posted: July 7, 2012 by pathpress in News

Sāmanera Bodhesako
Getting Off
A Portrait of an American Buddhist Monk

Getting Off is Samanera Bodhesako’s masterful narrative of his early years as a Buddhist novice and monk.
isbn: 9789460900051
288 p.
€ 18,00


by Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu

From the Preface:

The Aṭṭhakavagga is the fourth chapter of an ancient collection of Buddhist scriptures known as the Sutta Nipāta. Although it is only a single chapter of a larger work, there is good evidence suggesting that the Aṭṭhakavagga existed in its own right prior to the compilation of the Sutta Nipāta, and that it was much better known and more influential in ancient times than it is today. This lapse into relative obscurity is unfortunate, as the Aṭṭhakavagga contains invaluable information for anyone wishing to better understand the earliest teachings of Buddhism, and also for anyone seeking the way of wisdom.