By Bhikkhu Bodhi

ISBN-10: 1938754204

ISBN-13: 9781938754203

This contemporary translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Manual of Abhidhamma) bargains an creation to Buddhism's primary philosophical psychology. initially written within the eleventh or twelfth century, the Sangaha has served because the key to knowledge held within the Abhidhamma. Concisely surveyed are Abhidhamma's important topics, together with states of realization and psychological elements, the features and techniques of the brain, the fabric international, established bobbing up, and the equipment and levels of meditation. This provides an actual translation of the Sangaha along the unique Pali textual content. a close, explanatory consultant with greater than forty charts and tables lead readers during the complexities of Adhidhamma.

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The lower worlds are compared to a pit of coals into which one falls; animal existence is a pit full of excrement; existence in the spirit-sphere is like coming under a tree in a desert without much shade; human life is compared to coming under a shady tree, while the deva-world is compared to a well-furnished and beautiful palace. 3· HOW REBIRTH TAKES PLACE Nyanatiloka Mahathera explains the Theravada view of Rebirth as follows: 40 The Problem of the Self in Buddhism and Christianiry According to Buddhism, there are three factors necessary for the rebirth of a human being, that is, for the formation of the embryo in the mother's womb.

Perceptions . . mental formations . . states of consciousness, whether they be ofthe past, present or future ... far or near. 10 The famous chariot illustration in the conversations of the Arahant Nagasena and King Milinda, elucidates the significance of the Pancakkhandha theory, and the passage where this occurs deserves to be quoted rather fully: Milinda, the King, spoke to the venerable Nagasena as follows: 'How is your reverence called? ' 22 The Problem of the Self in Buddhism and Christianiry Then said Milinda, the King: 'Listen to me, Lords, ...

Puggala therefore covers all that 'person' or 'personality' means, and the different terms used to designate the puggala have a validity only in a relative sense, namely in figures of speech, popular designations and expressions in conventional language (vohiira), but not in an absolute sense (paramattha). Thus, wherever in the texts mention is made of a person, a self, or rebirth of a being, they should be understood as a mere 'conventional mode of speech' (vohiiravacana), and not in the absolute or ultimate sense (paramattha).

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