Abhidhamma Studies: Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness by Nyanaponika Thera

By Nyanaponika Thera

The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist educating, expounds a progressive method of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and based origination. in line with the liberative thrust of early Buddhism, the program organizes the complete spectrum of human attention round the poles of Buddhist doctrine - bondage and liberation, Samsara and Nirvana - the place to begin and the ultimate aim. It thereby maps out, with impressive rigour and precision, the internal panorama of the brain to be crossed in the course of the functional paintings of Buddhist meditation.

In this booklet of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, one among our age's most advantageous 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 at the present time. His element of concentration is the attention bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of the Abhidhamma Pitaka. Basing his interpretation at the special record of psychological components that the Abhidhamma makes use of as a advisor to mental research, he launches into daring explorations within the a number of dimensions of conditionality, the character of awareness, the temporality of expertise, and the mental springs of non secular transformation. leading edge and wealthy in insights, this e-book doesn't purely open up new avenues within the educational research of early Buddhism. by way of treating the Abhidhamma as a fountainhead of idea for philosophical and mental inquiry, it demonstrates the continued relevance of Buddhist suggestion to our so much astute modern efforts to appreciate the elusive but so intimate nature of the brain.

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The wise) do not commend that gift as good if it endangers the means of livelihood of the donor. For in this world, charitable gifts, performance of sacrifices, austere penances and religious acts can be performed by persons with means of subsistence. 22 24 The Origins of Oµ Ma¶ipadme H£µ Bali agrees with these sentiments. 23 But, nonetheless, he goes on to argue that he must fulfill his promise. Even if the dwarf does prove to be Vi˚¶u, he adds, and he is forced to give away everything he has, this will still be a good thing: O bråhma¶a sage!

In the course of my search of other Íaivite purå¶as, I found none like this. The Skanda Purå¶a, on the other hand, contains at least two passages of this kind. Thus: “The whole range of the three worlds was pervaded in the form of li©ga by the great lord. It is called li©ga by all the Suras and Asuras because it absorbs the world within it. ”51 And, closer still to the etymological definition of the Kåra¶Âavy£ha: “Since the entire universe became lƒna (merged) in the li©ga of the great Åtman (it came to be called so).

The disjointed nature of its place in the narrative suggests that it is a secondary addition to the original, main body of the s£tra, made for a reason that must remain, for the time being, obscure. Similarly, both the Bhågavata and the Skanda contain passages unique to their own particular presentation of the våmana-avatåra. The story of the gambler, for instance, or the episode in which Bali’s father, Virocana, cuts off his own head are peculiar, in this context, to the Skanda Purå¶a. 57 When the former is killed by Vi˚¶u (in his boar incarnation), the latter vows to take revenge, but Vi˚¶u hides himself within the warrior’s body, with the result that after a long search, Hira¶yåk˚a concludes that his brother’s killer must be dead.

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