Miscellaneous Essays

All of the essays on this page are by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, unless otherwise indicated.

Mostly these essays were first printed in one or another of the various Buddhist magazines, such as Tricycle, and have not yet been included into an essay collection such as Noble Strategy. (Note that there may have been some changes to the essays or their titles since publication.)


2017 Essays


  • First Things First. An essay on the primacy of the four noble truths as a guide to the rest of the path, determining the role and function of all the Buddha’s other teachings—including emptiness and the three perceptions. (Also available as pdf format)



2016 Essays


2015 Essays


2014 Essays


2012 and Earlier Essays


The following essay was collected into the essay book “Head & Heart Together,” however in abridged form. The unabridged version is still available here as a .pdf file.