The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist educating, expounds a progressive procedure of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and based origination. according to the liberative thrust of early Buddhism, the program organizes the total spectrum of human awareness round the poles of Buddhist doctrine - bondage and liberation, Samsara and Nirvana - the start line and the ultimate aim. It thereby maps out, with extraordinary rigour and precision, the internal panorama of the brain to be crossed in the course of the sensible paintings of Buddhist meditation.
In this e-book of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, considered one of our age's most well known exponents of Theravada Buddhism, makes an attempt to penetrate underneath the bold face of the Abhidhamma and to make its ideas intelligible to the considerate reader of at the present time. His aspect of concentration is the attention bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of...
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These commentaries are the work of Ācariya Buddhaghosa, the most eminent of the Pāli commentators. E. to study the old Sinhalese commentaries (no longer extant) that had been preserved at the Mahāvihāra, the Great Monastery, the seat of Theravāda orthodoxy in Anuradhapura. On the basis of these old commentaries, written in a style of Sinhala that by then may have already been antiquated, he composed new commentaries in the internationally recognized Theravāda language, now known as Pāli. E. If we had direct access to these commentaries we would no doubt be able to trace the gradual evolution of the system of exegesis that finally became crystallized in the works of Buddhaghosa.
For the present edition I have merely reformulated a few awkward sentences in the third edition, reorganized the notes, provided additional references, and supplied a bibliography. The subtitle has also been changed to convey a clearer idea of the book’s contents. Although these essays are largely intelligible on their own and can be read with profit even by those unacquainted with the Abhidhamma texts themselves, they will naturally be most rewarding if they are read with some awareness of the doctrinal and scriptural matrix from which they have emerged.
The third strand, the minute analysis of consciousness, seems to be a specific feature of the Pāli Abhidhamma and thus may have evolved only after the two traditions had gone their separate ways. We will now discuss these three strands of Abhidhamma thought more fully. 1. The Dhamma Theory. Although Ven. Nyanaponika distinguishes between phenomenology and ontology and assigns the Abhidhamma to the former rather than the latter, he does so on the assumption that ontology involves the quest for “an essence, or ultimate principle, underlying the phenomenal world” (p.
Abhidhamma Studies. Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time by Nyanaponika,Bodhi