By Nyanaponika Thera
The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist educating, expounds a innovative method of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and established origination. in response to the liberative thrust of early Buddhism, the program organizes the complete spectrum of human recognition round the poles of Buddhist doctrine - bondage and liberation, Samsara and Nirvana - the start line 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 ebook of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, certainly one of our age's greatest exponents of Theravada Buddhism, makes an attempt to penetrate underneath the ambitious face of the Abhidhamma and to make its rules intelligible to the considerate reader of at the present time. His element of concentration is the cognizance bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of the Abhidhamma Pitaka. Basing his interpretation at the specific record of psychological components that the Abhidhamma makes use of as a consultant to mental research, he launches into daring explorations within the a number of dimensions of conditionality, the character of attention, the temporality of expertise, and the mental springs of non secular transformation. cutting edge and wealthy in insights, this e-book doesn't only open up new avenues within the educational learn of early Buddhism. via treating the Abhidhamma as a fountainhead of thought for philosophical and mental inquiry, it demonstrates the ongoing relevance of Buddhist idea to our so much astute modern efforts to appreciate the elusive but so intimate nature of the brain.
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Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)1 Keep your mind clear like space, but let it function like the tip of a needle. Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927–2004)2 Only after Zen-brain relationships are oversimplified do they become easier to understand. So, we begin by weaving the threads of five simpler themes into the contents of this book: Self, attention, emotion, language, and insight. This chapter continues to address a major topic: the Self and the ways it attends to the space that surrounds it. This Self is more than an abstraction.
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Abhidhamma Studies: Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time by Nyanaponika Thera