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Abhidhamma Pitaka


Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhamma Sangaha of Acariya Anuruddha

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Abhidhamma has the fearsome reputation of being somewhat juiceless to a beginner. I was delighted to find that in the introductory chapter Bhikkhu Bodhi gives his explanation of the four-fold ultimate realities in a very clear, calm, exact and expressive way. He brings to the subject a distinctively passionate voice and profound care and respect for the unfathomable wisdom of the Buddha. This is a brilliant gem of a guidebook and will lead the reader to new dimensions of the wisdom of the Buddha.



Abhidhamma Studies

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"Abhidhamma Studies" presents the profound and extensive Buddhist science of mind and emotions. Previously available in a limited Asian edition, the book is now available to anyone interested in the critical exploration of the human mind and consciousness from this late, great German Buddhist philosopher and monk. Dan Goleman, author of "Emotional Intelligence", says that his former teacher, Thera, is "one of the most profound and lucid interpreters of Buddhist psychology in our time". 160 pp.



Psycho-Ethical Aspects of Abhidhamma
Psycho-Ethical Aspects of Abhidhamma

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The Psycho-Ethical Aspects of Abhidhamma brings the essence of Buddhist psychology, called Abhidhamma, to the Western world using the related portions of the Pali Buddhist literature. Rina Sircar utilizes parables, stories, and concepts that are current to Western thought to emphasize and clarify the understanding of the value and efficacy of the Buddha's teaching as an introduction to those interested in Abhidhamma. He presents concepts related to the main ideas of Western psychology, such as personality, which relates closely to the Buddhist definition of "self." Buddhism calls any static, unchanging definition of self an illusion and deception that leads to fear and pain. Rather, the self is understood as mentality and materiality that can be validated through the meditation practice on the thirty-two parts of the body that can lead to a direct experience of the self and can even heal illnesses. The author describes how this spiritual process leads to the understanding of "Who am I?" and "What am I?" Its goal is to perfect the constantly changing person into the "arahat," as the wheel of existence turns into the wheel of truth, by following a path of purification and deliverance.
Author Biography: Rina Sircar is Professor and Director of Buddhist Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Landscapes of Wonder: Discovering Buddhist Dhamma in the World around Us
Landscapes of Wonder: Discovering Buddhist Dhamma in the World around Us

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A collection of 18 literary essays on the philosophy and practices of Buddhism, "Landscapes of Wonder" is an unusual and highly original work. Nyanasobhano has taken one of the oldest traditions of Buddhism and presented it in its most natural surroundings--the natural world in which we live.


Library Journal
This well-written and thorough presentation of Buddhism speaks to an American context yet retains universal appeal. Through insightful analysis, the author, an actor and playwright who was ordained in Thailand in 1987, demonstrates how Buddhist teaching can help with the basic problems of modern life and encourages readers to reflect on life experiences while simultaneously learning the meaning of meditation and other Buddhist teachings. Especially poetic and colorful when he uses images from nature as metaphors to present the deepest meanings of the Buddhist conception of "mindfulness," Nyanasobhano nicely blends his analysis with a thorough and practical application of Buddhism. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries looking for a book on Buddhism that goes beyond the introductory level, speaks to Westerners, and is written in a magical kind of prose.--David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernadino.



The Moon Appears When the Water Is Still: Reflections on the Dhamma

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Drawn from the Buddha's teachings, contemporary literature, and the author's own life, this collection of stories, anecdotes, and aphorisms provides inspiration and refreshment for practitioners of meditation. A sympathetic, observant, and compassionate voice drives these narratives, offering practitioners guidance and strength in their pursuit of eternal bliss. The anecdotes pair lasting truths with contemporary concepts, pointing to Dharma in all things, from a shoe repair shop to the World Wide Web. With one story, poem, or aphorism per page, Buddhism's ancient wisdoms are presented in an easily digestible format.

About the Author:
Ian McCrorie has been practicing meditation for more than 20 years. He has traveled the world to study with renowned teachers, lived as a recluse in meditation, and for more than 10 years has been conducting courses in Vipassana meditation. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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