By Nyanaponika Thera
The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist educating, expounds a innovative approach of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and based 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 extraordinary rigour and precision, the internal panorama of the brain to be crossed during the functional paintings of Buddhist meditation.
In this publication of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, one in every of our age's most suitable exponents of Theravada Buddhism, makes an attempt to penetrate underneath the ambitious face of the Abhidhamma and to make its ideas intelligible to the considerate reader of this day. His element of concentration is the cognizance bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of the Abhidhamma Pitaka. Basing his interpretation at the special 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 realization, the temporality of expertise, and the mental springs of religious transformation. leading edge and wealthy in insights, this e-book doesn't in simple terms open up new avenues within the educational learn of early Buddhism. by way of treating the Abhidhamma as a fountainhead of concept for philosophical and mental inquiry, it demonstrates the continued relevance of Buddhist concept to our so much astute modern efforts to appreciate the elusive but so intimate nature of the brain.
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Extra resources for Abhidhamma Studies: Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time
213-24 (Ditthisamyutta). Milinda Panko, pp. 144 ff. Abhidharma Kosabka~ya, Appendix (Pudgala-viniscaya). MK, XXVII, and also XXII and XXV; ASP, pp. 269 ff. Mahfivyutpatti, p. 64 (§2o6); Dharmasangraha, p. 67. 3 Majjh. N. I, 426 ff. N. ) The 'Silence' of the Buddha and the Beginnings of the Dialectic 37 whence it came, who aimed it etc. The wounded man would have died before he got satisfactory answers to his questions. The moral drawn is that metaphysical enquiries are unnecessary and can even prove harmful to spiritual life.
Contemporaneously or slightly earlier, there occurred a revolution in the Philosophy of Language, and an absolutism of the Logos (Sabda-Brahma-vada) through an analysis of the symbolic consciousness was reached by Bhartrhari in his V tikyapadiya. This revolution in the Upani~adic tradition was not attained without outside help. Absolutism in Buddhism (both the Madhyamika Siinyata and Yogacara Vijfiapti-Matrata) actually preceded it by several centuries. There is ample evidence not only of precedence but of influence as well.
AKV. p. 697· The Two Traditions in Indian Philosophy 27 substance (atman) is the foundation of Buddhism down the ages. Santarak~ita says that all heretical philosophers have made their position untenable by adhering to the atman. 1 In later scholastic Buddhism, the denial of the self is fully worked out with all its implications; its metaphysics, epistemology and spiritual discipline were brought in full accord with this basic tenet. There was elaboration and deepening of the original teaching of Buddha and not distortion or falsification.
Abhidhamma Studies: Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time by Nyanaponika Thera