Forest Dhamma Books

Forest Dhamma Books has for many years been a charitable publisher of English translations showcasing the literary works and Dhamma teachings of Venerable Ajaan Mahā Boowa, an exceptional teacher and masterful exponent of the Thai Forest tradition.

Many of Theravadin Dhamma books contain the inscriptions: “For free distribution only” or “The gift of Dhamma excels all other gifts”. That’s because all of this inspiring literature is given away free of charge. Within the Forest Dhamma Books community, the major part of the translating, editing, formatting and artwork connected with our books has been done by monks, nuns and lay helpers who volunteer their time and energy. It is fair to say that their noble efforts have profoundly affected the lives of many people.

Forest Dhamma Books was initiated in Thailand in 1999 as a project to print and distribute English translations of Ajaan Mahā Boowa’s books on the teachings and the practices of the Thai Forest tradition. All books were published in Thailand, each printing funded entirely by donations. Dhamma books were printed solely for free distribution to any interested reader. Forest Dhamma Books set up private distribution centers in English-speaking countries around the world that received shipments of our publications (for which our donors paid the shipping and delivery costs) and distributed them freely to individuals, Buddhist organizations and retreat and meditation centers. Using donations collected in Thailand over the past 16 years, Forest Dhamma Books printed over 200,000 Buddhist publications in English, all of which have been distributed free of charge; many of them in the United States. All of Forest Dhamma’s books and other media are available for free download at Forest Dhamma Books is also present on Facebook, Scribd, Twitter and other social networking sites.

Forest Dhamma Organization has now laid the groundwork for its future publishing operations in the United States. We have succeeded in the process of incorporating the Forest Dhamma Books project into our organizational framework, thus ensuring a smooth transition in the fulfillment of our charitable purpose.