Access to Insight — The Legacy Websight


For twenty years, from 1993 to 2013, John Bullitt (and a host of other selfless contributors) labored to cultivate a remarkably user-friendly website

. . . dedicated to providing accurate, reliable, and useful information concerning the practice and study of Theravada Buddhism, as it has been handed down to us through both the written word of the Pali canon and the living example of the Sangha.

Coherently organized (see its Site Map), Access to Insight has provided a generation of Buddhist-meditation practitioners an easy entrance to a dense forest of writings. Its riches are not easily exhausted by anyone serious about making progress on their own path beyond the tangles of our ego-dominated lives.

Each webpage comes with its own, specific copyright-block at the bottom, and, quoting from the site’s section on Copyright and terms of use:

Everything on this website is made available to you thanks to the generosity of dozens of authors, translators, publishers, and transcribers, all of whom contributed their efforts with the explicit understanding that the fruits of their labors would be given away free of charge, as an expression of dana.[*] You may download these files to your computer, print them out, read them, share them with your friends, copy them to your own website, translate them into other languages, and redistribute them electronically — provided that you do not charge any money for them.

Remembering that “the journey of thousand miles starts under one’s feet,” this webpage is likely as good a place to begin as any.

Safe journey, Gentles . . .

*For anyone unfamiliar with the practice of dana, see, for example, Dana, The Practice of Giving — selected essays edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi. This website, for example, is offered as an act of Dana to all who may find it of use. If you wish to donate time, material, or funds as an act of Dana, please seek the nearest local followers of this ancient Dhamma, either monks or lay people, and offer support to them. That is always something worth doing, and you will ever feel good for having done so. A bow and thanks for your generosity.