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Theravada Buddhist Ethics With Special Reference to Visuddhimagga Hardcover – April 9, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Punthi Pustak (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8185094535
  • ISBN-13: 978-8185094533
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,834,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The subject matter of this book is an important one, and one that seems disproportionately neglected in the realm of currently available books on Buddhism. Unfortunately, although I ultimately found it pleasing, this is a long way from being the book I wish it was. If you plan to buy this book, I think it is important that you know what it is that you are spending your money on. This is the Ph.D. dissertation of a philosophy student at the Banaras Hindu University in India. It is not the work of a person who writes about Buddhism based on their own wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of practice and study. I would, in fact, be highly surprised to learn that the author was a practitioner of Buddhism at all, or had ever gone for Refuge to the Three Jewels. The book is strictly academic, and, even as such, quite clearly not at a level of maturity beyond that of a student. The flow of its overall organization is not very smooth nor clear in places, and the grammar and spelling and proof-reading are so bad that it actually aroused in me on many occasions an amused curiosity to try to figure out just what English meaning the author had tried to convey. The task of deciphering was made even more challenging by the heavy use of Sanskrit and Pali terms, often untranslated, co-mingled with the English: anyone not too familiar with these languages (unlike the professors who were its intended audience) will find this book rather rough going indeed. This book is also of very poor physical quality even by the rather primitive standards of Indian publishing: it is bound in a most haphazard way that had it almost falling apart from the moment I opened it. But now, having thoroughly bashed the book, let me say that I found it useful and even grew rather fond of it.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
This text is a brilliant encapsulation of several sets of meditation practices, including explications of which ones are appropriate for the given individual, and how you can know. This includes breath meditation, the Divine Abodes, and other practices familiar to contemporary Western meditators. Unfortunately, it's written in mind-bogglingly opaque and prolix prose; classical usage doesn't always translate for the best. Thus, a fresh translation/introduction is needed; the description of levels of insight, for example, and of Buddhist cosmology are more or less impenetrable for this reader.
This book is a must for the serious student of the Buddha Dharma, in my opinion.
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