The Buddha and his legacy

The Buddha was a wandering ascetic who lived sometime around the 5th century BCE. This series contains books about the Buddha's life and teachings.

For beginners

If you have never read Sanskrit before or are unfamiliar with the Buddha, these short books introduce the Buddha's family and some Buddhist terms.


The Buddhacarita ("Acts of the Buddha") is the earliest complete biography of the Buddha and one of the earliest examples of the refined Sanskrit poetry called kāvya. Our graded adaptation of this ancient poem starts with simple Sanskrit that gets more complex over time.

Buddhist stories


Original Buddhist sutras, presented at multiple levels of difficulty.