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By Nyanaponika,Bodhi

The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist instructing, expounds a innovative process 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 total spectrum of human awareness 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 striking rigour and precision, the internal panorama of the brain to be crossed during the useful paintings of Buddhist meditation.

In this publication of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, one in all our age's most desirable 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 day. His element of concentration is the attention bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of...

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Its two poles are bondage and liberation, saṁsāra and Nibbāna, and the specific features it represents are those states of mind that prolong our bondage and misery in saṁsāra, those that are capable of leading to mundane happiness and higher rebirths, and those that lead out from the whole cycle of rebirths to final deliverance in Nibbāna. In delineating its typology of consciousness the Abhidhamma extends to both the microscopic and macroscopic levels the concern with the functioning of mind already so evident in the Sutta Piṭaka.

Nyanaponika’s studies in their wider context. First I will briefly present an overview of the Abhidhamma literature on which he draws; then I will discuss the principal strains of Abhidhamma thought that underlie the essays; and finally, in the light of this background, I will highlight some of the ideas that Ven. 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.

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