Conceived and written by Bhikkhu Sujato.


Design and images by Lisa Anne, except as indicated:

Jason Ruck: pages 7, 10, 16, 19, 21, 27, 29, 30

Samuel Khusunawi: pages 4, 5

Kei Ohnishi: page 22

Phillipa Lord: page 26


Book published by Inward Path Publishers, Penang, for free distribution. (ISBN 983-3512-24-0)


Text copyright 2006 Bhikkhu Sujato. Design and images copyright 2006 Lisa Anne. All rights reserved.






Inestimable gratitude is due to: Lisa Anne & team for the visuals; Hock Eng for the idea; Dustin and all friends for their support; Lachlan for artistic guidance...

Christians for giving me someone to argue with; scientists for demonstrating the limits of reason.

All wisdom belongs to the Buddha. All foolishness is mine alone.

- Bhikkhu Sujato


To Lachlan, for puting me in touch with Bikkhu Sujato, and seting up an amazing opportunity - thanks for the faith, support, and a big nudge...

To all the artists and designers who happily donated their work, ideas, and time...

And to Bhikkhu Sujato, thanks for being so patient with me.

- Lisa Anne



All persons, places, events,  deities, fonts, and grammatical conventions in this work are entirely fictitious and bear no resemblance to reality. By a strange coincidence, this is pretty much how the authors feel most of the time, too. But we have never wavered in our faith that you, dear reader, are real.










Beginnings has finally been released!

The official launch was held by Bhikkhu Sujato at Mahindarama Temple in Penang on 5-11-2006. Thanks due to Mahindarama and Hock Eng for organizing. All present were able to receive a copy.

The initial print run was 1500 copies.

Please get in touch if you'd like to receive a copy, or if you'd like to sponsor more printing.