New PDF release: Abhidhamma in Daily Life

By Nina Van Gorkom

ISBN-10: 1897633173

ISBN-13: 9781897633175

Is an exposition of absolute realities intimately. Abhidhamma ability greater doctrine and the book's function is to motivate the appropriate software of Buddhism as a way to eliminate flawed view and at last all defilements. Many phrases in Pali the language of early Buddhism are used and are outlined as they're brought. the publication is accordingly compatible for novices in addition to working towards Buddhists. it really is exact and distinct and a useful relief to unlocking the deep that means of the complete Buddhist canon and utilizing the speculation to our day-by-day lives for the advantage of ourselves and others

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We read in the Kindred Sayings (III, Khandha-vagga, Last Fifty, §104, Suffering) that the Buddha taught to the monks the four noble Truths: the Truth of dukkha, the Truth of the arising of dukkha, the Truth of the ceasing of dukkha, the Truth of the way leading to the ceasing of dukkha. He said: ▼♦♥❦s✱ ■ ✇✐❧❧ t❡❛❝❤ ②♦✉ ❞✉❦❦❤❛4 ✱ t❤❡ ❛r✐s✐♥❣ ♦❢ ❞✉❦❦❤❛✱ t❤❡ ❝❡❛s✐♥❣ ♦❢ ❞✉❦❦❤❛✱ t❤❡ ✇❛② ❧❡❛❞✐♥❣ t♦ t❤❡ ❝❡❛s✐♥❣ ♦❢ ❞✉❦❦❤❛✳ ❉♦ ②♦✉ ❧✐st❡♥ t♦ ✐t✳ ❆♥❞ ✇❤❛t✱ ♠♦♥❦s✱ ✐s ❞✉❦❦❤❛❄ ■t ✐s t♦ ❜❡ ❝❛❧❧❡❞ t❤❡ ✜✈❡ ❦❤❛♥❞❤❛s ♦❢ ❣r❛s♣✐♥❣✳ ❲❤❛t ✜✈❡❄ ❚❤❡ r✠ ✉♣❛❦❦❤❛♥❞❤❛ ♦❢ ❣r❛s♣✐♥❣✱ t❤❡ ✈❡❞❛♥✠❛✲❦❦❤❛♥❞❤❛ ♦❢ ❣r❛s♣✐♥❣✱ t❤❡ s❛ññ✠❛❦❦❤❛♥❞❤❛ ♦❢ ❣r❛s♣✐♥❣✱ t❤❡ s❛♥❦❤✠ ✡ ❛r❛❦❦❤❛♥❞❤❛ ♦❢ ❣r❛s♣✐♥❣✱ t❤❡ ✈✐ññ✠❛♥✳❛❦❦❤❛♥❞❤❛ ♦❢ ❣r❛s♣✐♥❣✳ ❚❤✐s✱ ♠♦♥❦s✱ ✐s ❝❛❧❧❡❞ ❞✉❦❦❤❛✳ ❆♥❞ ✇❤❛t✱ ♠♦♥❦s✱ ✐s t❤❡ ❛r✐s✐♥❣ ♦❢ ❞✉❦❦❤❛❄ ■t ✐s t❤❛t ❝r❛✈✐♥❣✳ ✳ ✳ t❤❛t ❧❡❛❞s ❞♦✇♥✇❛r❞ t♦ r❡❜✐rt❤✳ ✳ ✳ t❤❡ ❝r❛✈✐♥❣ 4 In the English translation “dukkha” is sometimes translated as “suffering”, sometimes as “ill”.

In the Gradual Sayings (Book of the Fours, chapter V, §5, Rohitassa) we read that Rohitassa, a deva, asked the Buddha about reaching the world’s end. He said to the Buddha: ✏Pr❛②✱ ❧♦r❞✱ ✐s ✐t ♣♦ss✐❜❧❡ ❢♦r ✉s✱ ❜② ❣♦✐♥❣✱ t♦ ❦♥♦✇✱ t♦ s❡❡✱ t♦ r❡❛❝❤ ✇♦r❧❞✬s ❡♥❞✱ ✇❤❡r❡ t❤❡r❡ ✐s ♥♦ ♠♦r❡ ❜❡✐♥❣ ❜♦r♥ ♦r ❣r♦✇✐♥❣ ♦❧❞✱ ♥♦ ♠♦r❡ ❞②✐♥❣✱ ♥♦ ♠♦r❡ ❢❛❧❧✐♥❣ ✭❢r♦♠ ♦♥❡ ❡①✐st❡♥❝❡✮ ❛♥❞ r✐s✐♥❣ ✉♣ ✭✐♥ ❛♥♦t❤❡r✮❄✑ ✏❨♦✉r r❡✈❡r❡♥❝❡✱ ✇❤❡r❡ t❤❡r❡ ✐s ♥♦ ♠♦r❡ ❜❡✐♥❣ ❜♦r♥ ♦r ❣r♦✇✐♥❣ ♦❧❞✱ ♥♦ ♠♦r❡ ❞②✐♥❣✱ ♥♦ ♠♦r❡ ❢❛❧❧✐♥❣ ❢r♦♠ ♦♥❡ ❡①✐st❡♥❝❡ ❛♥❞ r✐s✐♥❣ ✉♣ ✐♥ ❛♥♦t❤❡r✱ ■ ❞❡❝❧❛r❡ t❤❛t ❡♥❞ ♦❢ t❤❡ ✇♦r❧❞ ✐s ♥♦t ❜② ❣♦✐♥❣ t♦ ❜❡ ❦♥♦✇♥✱ s❡❡♥ ♦r r❡❛❝❤❡❞✳✑ ✏■t ✐s ✇♦♥❞❡r❢✉❧✱ ❧♦r❞✦ ■t ✐s ♠❛r✈❡❧❧♦✉s✱ ❧♦r❞✱ ❤♦✇ ✇❡❧❧ ✐t ✐s s❛✐❞ ❜② t❤❡ ❊①❛❧t❡❞ ❖♥❡✿ ✬❲❤❡r❡ t❤❡r❡ ✐s ♥♦ ♠♦r❡ ❜❡✐♥❣ ❜♦r♥✳ ✳ ✳ t❤❛t ❡♥❞ ♦❢ t❤❡ ✇♦r❧❞ ✐s ♥♦t ❜② ❣♦✐♥❣ t♦ ❜❡ ❦♥♦✇♥✱ s❡❡♥ ♦r r❡❛❝❤❡❞✦✬ ❋♦r♠❡r❧②✱ ❧♦r❞✱ ■ ✇❛s t❤❡ ❤❡r♠✐t ❝❛❧❧❡❞ ❘♦❤✐t❛ss❛✱ ❇❤♦❥❛✬s s♦♥✱ ♦♥❡ ♦❢ ♣s②❝❤✐❝ ♣♦✇❡r✱ ❛ s❦②✇❛❧❦❡r✳ ✳ ✳ ❚❤❡ ❡①t❡♥t ♦❢ ♠② str✐❞❡ ✇❛s ❛s t❤❡ ❞✐st❛♥❝❡ ❜❡t✇❡❡♥ t❤❡ ❡❛st❡r♥ ❛♥❞ t❤❡ ✇❡st❡r♥ ♦❝❡❛♥✳ ❚♦ ♠❡✱ ❧♦r❞✱ ♣♦ss❡ss❡❞ ♦❢ s✉❝❤ s♣❡❡❞ ❛♥❞ ♦❢ s✉❝❤ ❛ str✐❞❡✱ t❤❡r❡ ❝❛♠❡ ❛ ❧♦♥❣✐♥❣ t❤✉s✿ ■ ✇✐❧❧ r❡❛❝❤ t❤❡ ✇♦r❧❞✬s ❡♥❞ ❜② ❣♦✐♥❣✳ ❇✉t✱ ❧♦r❞✱ ♥♦t t♦ s♣❡❛❦ ♦❢ ✭t❤❡ t✐♠❡ s♣❡♥t ♦✈❡r✮ ❢♦♦❞ ❛♥❞ ❞r✐♥❦✱ ❡❛t✐♥❣✱ t❛st✐♥❣ ❛♥❞ ❝❛❧❧s ♦❢ ♥❛t✉r❡✱ ♥♦t t♦ s♣❡❛❦ ♦❢ str✉❣❣❧❡s t♦ ❜❛♥✐s❤ s❧❡❡♣ ❛♥❞ ✇❡❛r✐♥❡ss✱ t❤♦✉❣❤ ♠② ❧✐❢❡✲s♣❛♥ ✇❛s ❛ ❤✉♥❞r❡❞ ②❡❛rs✱ t❤♦✉❣❤ ■ tr❛✈❡❧❧❡❞ ❛ ❤✉♥❞r❡❞ ②❡❛rs✱ ②❡t 31 ■ r❡❛❝❤❡❞ ♥♦t ✇♦r❧❞✬s ❡♥❞ ❜✉t ❞✐❡❞ ❡r❡ t❤❛t✳ ❲♦♥❞❡r❢✉❧ ✐♥❞❡❡❞✱ ❧♦r❞✦ ▼❛r✈❡❧❧♦✉s ✐t ✐s✱ ❧♦r❞✱ ❤♦✇ ✇❡❧❧ ✐t ❤❛s ❜❡❡♥ s❛✐❞ ❜② t❤❡ ❊①❛❧t❡❞ ❖♥❡✿ ✬❨♦✉r r❡✈❡r❡♥❝❡✱ ✇❤❡r❡ t❤❡r❡ ✐s ♥♦ ♠♦r❡ ❜❡✐♥❣ ❜♦r♥✳ ✳ ✳ t❤❛t ❡♥❞ ♦❢ t❤❡ ✇♦r❧❞ ✐s ♥♦t ❜② t♦ ❜❡ ❦♥♦✇♥✱ s❡❡♥ ♦r r❡❛❝❤❡❞✳✑ ✬ ✏❇✉t ②♦✉r r❡✈❡r❡♥❝❡✱ ■ ❞❡❝❧❛r❡ ♥♦t t❤❛t t❤❡r❡ ✐s ❛♥② ♠❛❦✐♥❣ ❛♥ ❡♥❞ ♦❢ ✐❧❧ ✭❞✉❦❦❤❛✮ ✇✐t❤♦✉t r❡❛❝❤✐♥❣ t❤❡ ✇♦r❧❞✬s ❡♥❞✳ ◆❛②✱ ②♦✉r r❡✈❡r❡♥❝❡✱ ✐♥ t❤✐s ✈❡r② ❢❛t❤♦♠✲❧♦♥❣ ❜♦❞②✱ ❛❧♦♥❣ ✇✐t❤ ✐ts ♣❡r❝❡♣t✐♦♥s ❛♥❞ t❤♦✉❣❤ts✱ ■ ♣r♦❝❧❛✐♠ t❤❡ ✇♦r❧❞ t♦ ❜❡✱ ❧✐❦❡✇✐s❡ t❤❡ ♦r✐❣✐♥ ♦❢ t❤❡ ✇♦r❧❞ ❛♥❞ t❤❡ ♠❛❦✐♥❣ ♦❢ t❤❡ ✇♦r❧❞ t♦ ❡♥❞✱ ❧✐❦❡✇✐s❡ t❤❡ ♣r❛❝t✐❝❡ ❣♦✐♥❣ t♦ t❤❡ ❡♥❞✐♥❣ ♦❢ t❤❡ ✇♦r❧❞✳ ◆♦t t♦ ❜❡ r❡❛❝❤❡❞ ❜② ❣♦✐♥❣ ✐s ✇♦r❧❞✬s ❡♥❞✳ ❨❡t t❤❡r❡ ✐s ♥♦ r❡❧❡❛s❡ ❢♦r ♠❛♥ ❢r♦♠ ✐❧❧ ❯♥❧❡ss ❤❡ r❡❛❝❤ t❤❡ ✇♦r❧❞✬s ❡♥❞✳ ❚❤❡♥ ❧❡t ❛ ♠❛♥ ❇❡❝♦♠❡ ✇♦r❧❞✲❦♥♦✇❡r✱ ✇✐s❡✱ ✇♦r❧❞✲❡♥❞❡r✱ ▲❡t ❤✐♠ ❜❡ ♦♥❡ ✇❤♦ ❧✐✈❡s t❤❡ ❤♦❧② ❧✐❢❡1 ❑♥♦✇✐♥❣ t❤❡ ✇♦r❧❞✬s ❡♥❞ ❜② ❜❡❝♦♠✐♥❣ ❝❛❧♠❡❞ ❍❡ ❧♦♥❣s ♥♦t ❢♦r t❤✐s ✇♦r❧❞ ♦r ❛♥♦t❤❡r✳✑ The Buddha taught people about the “world” and the way to reach the end of the world, that is, the end of suffering, dukkha.

We find it difficult to accept life as it really is: birth, old age, sickness and death. We cannot bear to think of our own body or the body of someone who is dear to us as being a corpse. We accept being born, but we find it difficult to accept the consequences of birth, which are old age, sickness and death. We wish to ignore 39 the impermanence of all conditioned things. When we look into the mirror and when we take care of our body we are inclined to take it for something which stays and which belongs to us.

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