Biographies

Audio (and eBook) Biographies of Buddha’s Disciples and
Forest Tradition Bhikkhus, Mae Chee, and Bhikkhuni


Note: Access to Insight has an Index of Proper Names with links to Sutta references for material that is available on its website as well as Contributing Authors and Translators with brief biographical paragraphs on most of the listings. The website Sangha Fathers of Sri Lanka has well over 30 brief biographies. Another excellent resource is Nyanaponika Thera and Hellmuth Hecker’s book, Great Disciples of the Buddha — Their Lives, Their Works, Their Legacy, edited with an introduction by Bhikkhu Bodhi. (Many of his biographies may be found below in their original Wheel publications.)

AuthorTitleWebsiteFormat    
Buddha and Contemporaries
Ñāṇamoli BhikkhuThe Life of the BuddhaPariyattiPDF+
Ranjini Obeyesekere (Translation & Notes)Yasodharā, the Wife of the BodhisattvaA Handful of Leaves -
Library
PDF
Nyanaponika TheraThe Life of Sāriputta.Access to Insight

Buddhist Publication Society, Wheel Publications - WH090/092
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HTML
PDF

EPUB 
  
Bhikkhu AnandajotiThe Story of Arahat SāriputtaDharma RecordsHTML

YouTube
   
Noble Friends of Toronto (?)The Great Arahant SāriputtaNoble Friends of TorontoPart 1

Part 2
   
Bhikkhu BodhiMahākaccāna:
Master of Doctrinal Exposition
Buddhist Publication Society, Wheel Publications - WH405/406HTML
PDF
EPUB  
Hellmuth Hecker, translation from the German by Nyanaponika TheraMahāmoggallāna:
Master of Psychic Powers
Access to Insight

Buddhist Publication Society, Wheel Publications - WH263/264
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HTML
PDF

EPUB 
  
Hellmuth Hecker, revised, enlarged translation from the German by Nyanaponika TheraMahā Kassapa:
Father of the Sangha
Access to Insight

Buddhist Publication Society, Wheel Publications - WH345
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HTML
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EPUB 
  
Hellmuth Hecker, translation from the German by Sister KhemāĀnanda:
Guardian of the Dhamma
Buddhist Publication Society, Wheel Publication - WH273/274HTML
PDF
EPUB  
Ven. Weragoda Sarada Maha TheroBuddha’s Constant Companion,
Venerable Ananda
BuddhanetPDF    
Hellmuth Hecker, revised, enlarged translation from the German by Nyanaponika TheraAnuruddha:
Master of the Divine Eye
Buddhist Publication Society, Wheel Publications - WH362HTML
PDF
EPUB  
Hellmuth Hecker, enlarged translation from the German by Nyanaponika TheraĀṇgulimāla:
A Murderer’s Road to Sainthood
Buddhist Publication Society, Wheel Publications - WH312HTML
PDF
EPUB  
Hellmuth Hecker, translation under supervision of Nyanaponika TheraAnātapiṇḍika:
The Great Benefactor
Buddhist Publication Society, Wheel Publications - WH334HTML
PDF
EPUB  
Hellmuth Hecker
adapted from a translation by Muditā Ebert
Shorter Lives of the Disciples,
Part I: Upāsaka Citta,
Bhikkhu Citta, Father and Mother Nakula
Buddhist Publication Society, Wheel Publications - WH115HTML

PDF
EPUB  
Hellmuth Hecker, translation by Sister KhemāBuddhist Women
at the Time of the Buddha
Buddhist Publication Society, Wheel Publications - WH292/293HTML
PDF
EPUB  
Thai Forest Tradition Teachers
Ajahn Phut ThaniyoAjaan Sao’s TeachingAccess to InsightHTML   
Ajahn Maha Bua Ñānasampanno, translated by Ajahn Dick SilaratanoĀcariya Mun Bhuridatta Thera,
A Spiritual Biography
ForestDhamma.org

Abhayagiri
Buddhanet
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PDF
PDF
EPUB

EPUB
MOBI

MOBI
MP3

 
Ajahn Thate (Phra Rajanirodharangsee)The Autobiography of
a Forest Monk
Access to InsightHTML  
Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo, translated by Thanissaro BhikkhuThe Autobiography of
Phra Ajaan Lee
Dhammatalks.orgPDFEPUBMOBI 
Bhikkhu Dick SīlaratanoUncommon Wisdom, Life and Teachings of Ajaan PaññvaḍḍhoForestdhamma.orgPDFEPUBMOBIMP3
Ajahn Mahā Boowa ÑānasampannoAjaan Khao AnalayoForestdhamma.orgPDFEPUBMOBIMP3AZW3
VariousIn Commemoration  of Venerable
Ajahn Mahā Boowa Ñānasampanno
www.lungta.euPDF
Thanissaro BhikkhuLegends of Somdet TohAccesstoinsight.orgHTML
Thai Forest DhammaAjahn Martin PiyadhammoForestdhammatalks.orgHTML
Thai Forest DhammaAjahn Paññavaddho TheraForestdhammatalks.orgHTML
PDF
Ajahn JayasaroAjahn Chah's Biography by Ajahn Jayasaro
YouTube Playlist
(43 videos)
HTML   
Ajahn Suchart AbhijatoAjahn Suchart AbhijatoKammatthanaPDF   
Ajahn Dick SīlaratanoMae Chee Kaew,
Her Journey to Spiritual Awakening & Enlightenment
Forestdhamma.orgPDFEPUBMOBIMP3
Ayya KhemāAutobiographical Videos from 1991Theravada
Dhamma
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You Tube Playlist
Part 1

Part 2
   
Ajahn Hāsapañño
The Life and Teachings of Luang Pu Waen SuciṇṇoOn the Thai Wilderness Traditions of BuddhismPDF
Tan Chao Khun Upālī Guṇūpamājahn,
Hāsapañño Bhikkhu,
translator
Att'attha-cariyāWide Angle Lens -
on the Thai Wilderness Traditions of Buddhism
PDF