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A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings) Paperback – September 1, 2003
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Needless to say, this text was renowned for being not only extremely comprehensive, but incredibly concise (perhaps "compressed" is a better word). Various English translations, most notably the Ven. Narada version came and went. Bhikkhu Bodhi had outdone himself in this translation, since he included extensive diagrams of the matika (matrix) and was also supported by two Burmese monks. His own commentary was extremely helpful in deciphering this heavy, difficult (but not impossible) text.
I don't think there was any topic of the Abhidhamma which was missed in this text. It's all here! Not only are there the categories of consciousness, mental factors, matter, etc., but there are two extremely interesting chapters on the cognitive and rebirth processes. There are also sections on karma, pannati (concepts), and the Unconditioned Itself (Nibbana). Anyone reading this will walk away knowing more about the Abhidhamma than most other people. If you're a meditator, then this book is a MUST because it provides a general framework of study, as well as potential meditation objects.
A final line: of course meditate, let go of the unwholesome factors, cultivate the wholesome ones and purificate you mind, but also consider buying this book and dedicate the high degree of attention it needs to be understood and perhaps the world will look even a little more different than usual afterwards :-)
At each moment we lose something and we gain something else. At each moment we may grieve because of the loss, or rejoice because of the gain. Dukkha, the long process of change and decay that leads to death also contains the necessary forces and qualities that our mind can use to gain wisdom and clear knowledge at every moment of this road of decay. And that's the real challenge Buddhism contains.
Every single person, if they want, can decide to use their minds to push away the negative parameters that lock them up in decay, and develop the positive parameters that lead them to realizing that all is change, all is dissatisfaction in a way or another, all is the absence of an eternal godlike soul in us. The only chance we have to evade this path that leads to death is to cultivate our mind and get on the path of mental liberation, of enlightenment, of sukha.
The book contains beautiful pages that are ahead of their times on time, language, the « flippant » personality of a subject that is changing all the time and how he can try to control and dominate the change by preparing his escape from it. This is the paradox of the book . There is no escape from this slow movement towards death through the death of each instant and the birth of the next one. And yet there is a way to go beyond and reach nirvana, a pure mental existence completely oblivious of the world and the body.Read more ›
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I would list this book as one of the greatest books of our century. It makes the Abhidhamma very accessible. Bhikkhu Bodhi is a treasure as a translator and editor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dominique La Garde
A difficult subject and not always an easy read. The best approach is to start and continue the Bhavana practice.Published 3 months ago by Satipatipatti
I think this is a must read for all human beings. Humans are emotional it is great manual highlighting human emotions and consciousness.Published 3 months ago by MOHIT DAGA
This volume is NOT for the beginner in Buddhist studies. It is rather technical and does a magnificent job in explaining the components of what we call consciousness that make up... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hector Inchaustegui
Very enlightening. Being a mahayanist I am presently surprise by the clarity of some expositions which are overlook or to simplify. It leads to a better grasp of Buddhism.Published 6 months ago by Thomas Teh
take time to read and apply what is offered and an amazing transformation can truly begin.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer