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The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings) Paperback – September 1, 2003
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That said, Those who have a foundation in buddhist thought and have some foundation in meditation practice, i would highly recommend this book. It contains a guide on all the 40 meditation objects and how to meditate on them. It contains an extensive section on samatha (tranquility) practice and the jhanas. The most important and largest section of this book is the section on vipassana meditation; I would buy this book just for this section alone. This is a very difficult book and I would recommend reading it slowly and asking your meditation teacher any questions you might have. Also, a great site to discuss this book is at DhammaWheel it is a forum for Theravadin Buddhists
All in all a wonderful but very demanding book.
Just the concept of meditation, using concentration and absorbtion, are worth the time devoted to this book, for me. I agree with another reviewer that we are blessed to have information like this available in our lifetimes. Peace.
Instead, I wish only to address the physical quality of the hardbound edition of this text. Readers who are unfamiliar with Pariyatti Publishers and the BPS Pariyatti series may be concerned, as I was, about the quality of a text of this size (over 900 pages) and scope. I recently received my hardbound copy and I was pleased to see that the text is of extremely high quality---it is simply first rate in every aspect. The text is bound in durable, high-quality red cloth with gold lettering, the signatures are sewn, the acid-free, wood-free paper is of very good density and high quality (the book was printed in China), the typesetting is impeccable and easy on the eyes, and the book is wrapped in a an attractive, semi-glossy dust jacket (the reproduction on Amazon does not do it justice). In an age when publishers of college textbooks routinely sell $150+ texts that appear designed to fall apart after one year's use, a reasonably priced book of such high quality, clearly designed to last through many years of use, is a refreshing surprise, recalling distant times when quality was still important to producers of durable goods. I commend Pariyatti Publishing for producing quality editions of these classic and contemporary Buddhist texts. Prospective buyers may purchase without concern over the quality of the physical text; I will let others who are more qualified comment on the quality of Moore's translation.
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