Frequently Asked Questions
Please have a look at the free Introductory books and essays found in the BPS Library. Start with a search for items under Category 'Introductory'.
For the complete beginner, The Buddha and His Dhamma: Two Lectures on Buddhism by Bhikkhu Bodhi is a good start.
Just about everything one wants to know about Theravada Buddhism can be found in The Buddha and His Teachings, by Narada Thera.
Please have a look at the free books and essays on meditation found on the BPS Library.
The Power of Mindfulness by Nyanaponika Thera is a good start.
Please have a look at “Information about Meditation Centres in Sri Lanka” on our Library. The Buddhist Publication Society is not a meditation centre, but has a bookshop with books on meditation.
Please send an email to our English editor Bhikkhu Nyanatusita, using our Contact Us page. Note that the Buddhist Publication Society specializes in books related to Theravada Buddhism and does not publish books on Tibetan Buddhism or Zen Buddhism.
Please send an email to our English editor Bhikkhu Nyanatusita, using our Contact Us page.
The following estimates are based on shipments to the USA, Canada, or Europe. Actual shipping time may vary for your country.
- Surface mail: six to eight weeks
- Air mail: a week to ten days
- Courier: four to six days
To facilitate quicker ordering for those living in Europe and North America, the BPS has official distributors of its books in Europe and North America. Wisdom Books distributes BPS books in Europe; and Pariyatti in the USA and Canada.
See this page.