Santipada is a plat­form for Buddhist writ­ing. Through Santipada we make avail­able writ­ings and re­search on var­i­ous as­pects of Buddhism, with a spe­cial em­pha­sis on those things that tend to get left out else­where.

A word in ad­vance: un­like many teach­ers, whose books are of­ten an edited and pol­ished ver­sion of what they talk about, I tend to write about pre­cisely those things that can’t be eas­ily ad­dressed in the more in­for­mal, spon­ta­neous en­vi­ron­ment of a Dhamma talk. The writ­ings here em­pha­size my re­search projects over the past sev­eral years, when I have looked into the roots that un­der­lie our Buddhist tra­di­tions.


Most of the books on this site have been pre­vi­ously pub­lished else­where for free dis­tri­b­u­tion, and some have been trans­lated (into German and Indonesian). If any­one wants to reprint, pub­lish, or oth­er­wise make avail­able these works, in­clud­ing mak­ing trans­la­tions, with­out mak­ing any sub­stan­tial changes to ei­ther con­tent or form, per­mis­sion is freely given. You don’t have to ask me for fur­ther per­mis­sion, al­though of course I would like to know what’s go­ing on. If you would like to pub­lish while mak­ing changes to the books in terms of con­tent or lay­out, you must ask per­mis­sion first.

The files in­cluded in the main web­site are not ideal for print­ing, as they in­clude a few de­tails like col­ored links. The best files for pub­lish­ers are in­cluded here. These com­pressed files in­clude: pdfs op­ti­mized for print­ing, orig­i­nal TeX files from which the pdfs were pro­duced, and the orig­i­nal graph­ics files for the cover (in the GIMP’s .xcf for­mat). I also up­load the sans-serif font I used for these books, Open Sanskrit. This is an ex­ten­sion of Open Sans, with added glyphs for Pali/Sanskrit.

A Swift Pair of Messengers

A History of Mindfulness

Dreams of Bhadda

Sects & Sectarianism

Bhikkhuni Vinaya Studies

White Bones Red Rot Black Snakes

Open Sanskrit

Buddhist Global Relief

If you feel grate­ful for the writ­ings of­fered freely here, and would like to give some­thing back, I’d like to en­cour­age you to con­sider do­nat­ing to Buddhist Global Relief. This is a won­der­ful char­i­ta­ble body set up un­der the guid­ance of Bhikkhu Bodhi and other great Buddhist lead­ers. Of course, its aims fol­low the Buddhist ideals to ben­e­fit all liv­ing be­ings, not just Buddhists! I have added a link to Global Buddhist Relief’s do­na­tion page at the right of all Santipada posts. Please give, out of com­pas­sion and in hope to ease the suf­fer­ing of oth­ers.

Santipada is in no way af­fil­i­ated with Buddhist Global Relief. I just think it’s a great ini­tia­tive and want to sup­port it.

Yours in Dhamma

Bhante Sujato