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Knowing & Seeing, 4th Edition Paperback – January 1, 2010
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About the Author
The Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw is the current abbot and principal teacher at Pa-Auk Forest Monastery in Myanmar (Burma). More information can be found at http://www.paauk.org.
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K&S is one of the primary teachings available from a tradition which specialises in shamatha and vipassana, above all else. From the outset, the fundamental teachings of buddhism are presented clearly and simply so that anybody can understand them. Beginning from the most basic and essential foundation - which is very valuable and often overlooked by seasoned veterans - it progresses in a highly practical manner which is at the same time very easy to understand. As someone who sped past the basic teachings in my youth (thinking that time is of the essence and I need to get to the more advanced teacings asap, because I believed I understood them) I greatly appreciate the approach the author takes. The introduction may seem a bit long, but in my opinion it is already down to the bare essentials and everything there has practical and foundational value for what is practised later.
An added bonus for me, was that The Sayadaw gives practical instructions on the teachings found in the Visuddhi- magga. This is considered a very important text in the Theravadan tradition It is voluminous, ancient (circa. 5th century if memory serves) and considered authentic, however it is also short on details of how to actually train in some of the practices.. Knowing and Seeing covers some of these practices and this is of itself very interesting.
I highly recommend this work to all those who are interested in practical meditation training and especially people from the buddhist tradition - regardless of which of the three vehicles they may adhere to.
This is a valuable gem easily recognised and appreciated by those already on the path.
This is a stand alone work. Meaning that it is self contained and one does not need to access other works, commentaries and so on, unless it is in one's personal interest.
For people who are new to buddhism, the novelty of the terminology and volume of this work may be a bit much to digest in the early stages of their approach . As such I would advise that they first read What The Buddha Taught by Rahula Walpola. This is a much more condensed presentation and very good preparation for further in depth study.
This is much like splashing around in the pool before learning formal swimming teachnique.
May this work benefit all people who read it ! May all people be happy !