The aim of this web site is to make more widely available the writings of the late Ven. Ñāṇavīra Thera which, though of extraordinary quality and depth, do not—for different reasons—attract any of the established Buddhist publishers. It is presented as a dhammadāna (gift of Dhamma) and with a deep sense of gratitude by individuals whose lives were significantly affected by an encounter with these writings, in the hope that others, too, might appreciate the right-view guidance which is offered therein. It cannot be expected that this material, which poses a clear challenge to the mainstream version of Buddhism, will gain any great popularity among the majority of Buddhists—Eastern or Western—but at least it can suggest an alternative approach to the Buddha's original Teaching, and perhaps serve as a useful eye-opener for those seeking an understanding of its more fundamental principles. It can also communicate the attitude of earnestness towards Dhamma practice, which is regarded not merely as a matter of choice but rather an existential necessity. For without this basic attitude, the practice of Buddhist meditation will remain in the worldly sphere and will never be able to bear the fruits of noble insight leading to liberation from the 'world'.
What is new?
18th July 2013
We included summaries of each individual letters from post-sotapatti period. Click here.
5th July 2013
On 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.