Abhidhamma Studies. Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness by Nyanaponika,Bodhi

By Nyanaponika,Bodhi

The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist instructing, expounds a innovative procedure of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and established origination. based on the liberative thrust of early Buddhism, the program organizes the total spectrum of human realization round the poles of Buddhist doctrine - bondage and liberation, Samsara and Nirvana - the place to begin and the ultimate objective. It thereby maps out, with amazing rigour and precision, the internal panorama of the brain to be crossed in the course of the sensible paintings of Buddhist meditation.

In this booklet of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, one in every of our age's most effective exponents of Theravada Buddhism, makes an attempt to penetrate underneath the bold face of the Abhidhamma and to make its rules intelligible to the considerate reader of this present day. His element of concentration is the awareness bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of...

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Abhidhamma Studies. Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time

The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist instructing, expounds a innovative procedure of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and established origination. according to the liberative thrust of early Buddhism, the program organizes the whole spectrum of human attention round the poles of Buddhist doctrine - bondage and liberation, Samsara and Nirvana - the place to begin and the ultimate target.

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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. 19). If, however, we understand ontology in a wider sense as the philosophical discipline concerned with determining what really exists, with discriminating between the real and the apparent, then we could justly claim that the Abhidhamma is built upon an ontological vision.

Originally published: Colombo : Frewin, 1949. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 0-86171-135-1 (alk. paper) 1. Abhidharma. 2. Tipiṭaka. Abhidhammapiṭaka. Dhammasaṅgaṇi— Criticism, interpretation, etc. I. Title. 3’824—dc21 97-38780 ISBN 978-0-86171-135-2 5 14 13 12 11 8 7 6 5 4 Cover design by TL. Interior design by Adie Russell. 75. Wisdom Publications’ books are printed on acid-free paper and meet the guidelines for the permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources.

The existing Abhidhamma Piṭakas include substantial sections devoted to such elaborations, and beneath them we can hear the echoes of the early discussions in the Sangha that culminated in the first Abhidhamma texts. While the roots from which the Abhidhamma sprang can be traced back to the early Sangha, perhaps even during the Buddha’s lifetime, the different systems clearly assumed their mature expression only after the Buddhist community had split up into distinct schools with their own doctrinal peculiarities.

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