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 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 total spectrum of human awareness round the poles of Buddhist doctrine - bondage and liberation, Samsara and Nirvana - the place to begin and the ultimate target. It thereby maps out, with notable rigour and precision, the interior 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 premier 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 this present day. His element of concentration is the cognizance bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of the Abhidhamma Pitaka. Basing his interpretation at the distinctive checklist 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 attention, the temporality of expertise, and the mental springs of religious transformation. cutting edge and wealthy in insights, this ebook doesn't only open up new avenues within the educational research of early Buddhism. via treating the Abhidhamma as a fountainhead of idea for philosophical and mental inquiry, it demonstrates the continued relevance of Buddhist idea to our so much astute modern efforts to appreciate the elusive but so intimate nature of the brain.

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In his commentary on the verse Candrakīrti says that it is called “the unconquerable” because Bodhisattvas can no longer be conquered by demons or their followers. Bodhisattvas at this stage excel in the practice of the perfection of concentration. The perfection of concentration is a 26 I ntroduction fully accomplished one-­pointedness of mind motivated by bodhicitta. Bodhisattvas excel in the realization that the four realities do not exist by their own natures, even on a subtle level, since they have completely overcome the obstacles of mental dullness and agitation.

In the remainder of the Introduction Candrakīrti explains the ten stages of the Bodhisattva path of meditation and its fruit. In the remaining verses of the first chapter Candrakīrti says that the Bodhisattvas who complete the first stage of this path, which is called “the joyous,” are born into the Buddha’s family, have abandoned the learned forms of the transient 25 I ntroduction collection view,113 have abandoned erroneous doubts, do not engage in unwholesome moral practices, abide in great joy, and cease to be ordinary beings.

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