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Access to Insight: Readings in Theravada Buddhism

By Bill Parousis

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Not so much "an eBook" as a huge library of eBooks, this might just be the best application about Buddhism on the App Store!

This is the entire offline version of John Bullitt's widely recognized and highly recommended Access to Insight ( web site, a massive compilation of material about Theravada Buddhism and Buddhism in general.

Herein are contained over 1,000 *actual suttas* (skt: 'sutras') from the Tipitaka (body of Buddhist canonical texts) translated into contemporary English with scholarly rigor and precision by recognized subject domain experts. Suttas are not simply modern essays and interpretations; they are actual written discourses historically attributed to Siddhartha Gotama, the Buddha, who founded Buddhism nearly 2,500 years ago.

A massive and thorough collection of essays by world-renound monks and scholars on the subjects of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and practice is also included.

This is high quality material that is suitable reading for personal interest or academic study. Much of the material has also been published in printed form.

To aid the reader, indexes are available by subject, author, title, sutta title, proper name of historical figure, simile/metaphor, and even traditional numerical association.

Usability Features of the Software

The reader works much like a web browser. Double tap on the screen to hide or show the toolbar and status bar. Landscape and portrait modes are supported, as are bookmarks which save the current scroll position of the current page.

Network access not required!

Except for the search and audio features, network access is not required. The full text is stored locally on your device.


Many of the sutta translations also link to iPhone accessible online audio readings on

Please Leave a Review!

Please leave a rating and a review. The more people find this application helpful, the more often it will receive updates and new features.

Excerpts from "What is Access to Insight?" by site owner John T. Bullitt:

"Access to Insight is an Internet 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."

"The readings assembled here represent just a selection of the Buddha's teachings. These are the ones that, over the years, I've personally found to be helpful in deepening an understanding of Dhamma practice. This collection is not meant to be an exhaustive archive of Theravada Buddhist texts."

"Everything available at Access to Insight is offered in full cooperation with the authors, translators, and publishers concerned, with the clear understanding that none of it is to be sold. Please help yourself to whatever you find useful."

What's New in Version 2.0.0

- Updated look & feel.
- Added capability to increase or decrease text size.
- Looking into updating content in the next update. The current legacy version contains all PDFs, which would make for a large app. Looking to get last version without PDFs.


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Customer Reviews

A Most Useful App!

If you are a student of the earliest Buddhist teachings, you will find this app to be an invaluable helper in your studies. Most of the important sutras can be found here, along with other articles & books by revered Theravada teachers. I use this app daily, either reading a random sutra, or choosing a subject for which I’d like more clarity.

Also, this app has been updated to allow readers to adjust the font size. Fantastic!

Buddhism's Homepage

Access to Insight is a wonderfully broad collection of suttas, commentary and instruction. Focused primarily on Theravada, while generously all-encompassing, it is both inspirational and academically sound. This site has proven do be an invaluable asset to my journey.
Thanks to the developers for their continuing work towards the happiness of all beings. My eye-balls thank you for the flexible text!

Access to Insight: Readings in Theravada Buddhism
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  • Category: Books
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  • Version: 2.0.0
  • Size: 23.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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