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The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist educating, expounds a innovative approach of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and based origination. according to the liberative thrust of early Buddhism, the program organizes the whole spectrum of human cognizance round the poles of Buddhist doctrine - bondage and liberation, Samsara and Nirvana - the place to begin and the ultimate objective. It thereby maps out, with notable rigour and precision, the interior panorama of the brain to be crossed in the course of the useful paintings of Buddhist meditation.

In this ebook of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, certainly one of our age's optimum exponents of Theravada Buddhism, makes an attempt to penetrate underneath the bold face of the Abhidhamma and to make its rules intelligible to the considerate reader of this day. His aspect of concentration is the awareness bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of...

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But the two works that best exemplify the mature version of the canonical Abhidhamma system are the Dhammasaṅgaṇī and the Paṭṭhāna. As Ven. Nyanaponika repeatedly points out, these two books are complementary and must be viewed together to obtain an adequate picture of the Abhidhamma methodology as a whole. The Dhammasaṅgaṇī emphasizes the analytical approach, its most notable achievement being the reduction of the complex panorama of experience to distinct mental and material phenomena, which are minutely defined and shown in their various combinations and classifications.

During the early 1950s an increased concern with his own spiritual development led him to pursue more vigorously the practice of meditation, which bore fruit in his popular book The Heart of Buddhist Meditation. In the mid-1950s he had to attend on his ailing teacher, Ven. Nyanatiloka Mahāthera, and to meet certain commitments regarding literary work in German, which included the revision and editing of his teacher’s German translation of the complete Aṅguttara Nikāya. Then in 1958 the Buddhist Publication Society was born, which he conscientiously served as president and editor of until his retirement in the 1980s, by which time his sight had deteriorated too far to allow any further literary work.

This may be regarded as a precursor of the more detailed analysis given in the Dhammasaṅgaṇī. ” “Suppose, great king, a man has gone to the sea by boat and takes with the hollow of his hand a little sea water and tastes it. ”11 The rather terse and abstract form in which the Dhammasaṅgaṇī presents its analysis of the mind should not mislead us into supposing that it is a product of late scholastic thought.

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