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Abhidhamma Studies. Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness by Nyanaponika,Bodhi

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By Nyanaponika,Bodhi

The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist instructing, expounds a progressive process of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and established origination. in accordance with the liberative thrust of early Buddhism, the program organizes the whole spectrum of human attention round the poles of Buddhist doctrine - bondage and liberation, Samsara and Nirvana - the start line 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 e-book of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, considered one of our age's most well known exponents of Theravada Buddhism, makes an attempt to penetrate underneath the ambitious face of the Abhidhamma and to make its ideas intelligible to the considerate reader of at the present time. His element of concentration is the recognition bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of...

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Nyanaponika cautions us that a complete perspective on the Abhidhamma requires us to take account, not only of the analytical treatment of experience so conspicuous in the first three Abhidhamma treatises, but also of the synthetical approach that predominates in the last treatise, the Paṭṭhāna, wherein all the terms resulting from analysis are connected to one another by a vast network of conditional relations. Chapter 1 was written last, and was added to the book only in the second edition. Its purpose is to defend the Abhidhamma against common criticisms, both ancient and modern, and to establish its legitimacy as an authentic Buddhist enterprise that can make important contributions to Buddhist theory and practice.

The Factors of Absorption 4. The Faculties 5. The Powers 6. The Path Factors 7. The Wholesome Roots 8. The Ways of Action 9. The Guardians of the World 10. The Six Pairs of Qualitative Factors 11. The Helpers 12. The Paired Combination 13. The Last Dyad 14. The Supplementary Factors 15. Gradations of Intensity among Parallel Factors 16. Concluding Remarks V The Problem of Time 1. Time and Consciousness 2. Planes of Time 3. The Concept of the Present in the Abhidhamma 4. Concluding Remarks Appendixes Notes Bibliography Index About the Author Editor’s Introduction In his preface to this book Nyanaponika Thera explains that these studies originated while he was engaged in translating into German the Dhammasaṅgaṇī and the Atthasālinī, respectively the first book of the Pāli Abhidhamma Piṭaka and its authorized commentary.

Nyanaponika is attempting to convey in this book. Before proceeding further I must emphasize at the outset that Ven. 1 While he does make a few remarks on the historical authenticity of the Abhidhamma, for the most part he simply accepts the canonical Abhidhamma as a given point of departure and adopts toward this material an approach that is thoroughly philosophical and psychological. Though his focus is very narrow, namely, the first wholesome state of consciousness in the Consciousness chapter of the Dhammasaṅgaṇī, his treatment of this subject branches out into broader issues concerning the Abhidhamma analysis of mind and the bearings this has on the Buddhist spiritual life.

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