By Nyanaponika,Bodhi

The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist instructing, expounds a innovative process of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and based origination. in line with the liberative thrust of early Buddhism, the program organizes the complete 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 awesome rigour and precision, the internal panorama of the brain to be crossed throughout the useful paintings of Buddhist meditation.

In this e-book of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, considered one of our age's most popular 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 element of concentration is the attention bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of the Abhidhamma Pitaka. Basing his interpretation at the specific checklist of psychological elements 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 realization, the temporality of expertise, and the mental springs of non secular transformation. cutting edge and wealthy in insights, this e-book doesn't basically open up new avenues within the educational learn of early Buddhism. by means of treating the Abhidhamma as a fountainhead of idea for philosophical and mental inquiry, it demonstrates the continued relevance of Buddhist inspiration to our such a lot astute modern efforts to appreciate the elusive but so intimate nature of the mind.

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