By Bhikkhu Bodhi
This contemporary translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Manual of Abhidhamma) bargains an creation to Buddhism's basic 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 vital subject matters, together with states of attention and psychological elements, the features and strategies of the brain, the fabric international, based bobbing up, and the equipment and phases of meditation. This offers a precise translation of the Sangaha along the unique Pali textual content. a close, explanatory consultant with greater than forty charts and tables lead readers throughout the complexities of Adhidhamma.
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Seventy paces to the nor lib, outside the east entrance of the Chih-hun, on the east side of the road, Buddha formerly argued with ninety-six schools of heretics. Tbe King, Ministers, gentry, and people came together in crowds to listen, when a heretic wom an, named Chan-che-m o-na19, becoming envious, arranged some clothes in such a manner as to make herself appear enceinte, and coming into tbe midst of tbe priests accused Buddha of breaking the Law. Thereupon the heavenly ruler Sbib changed himself into a white mouse and bit her girdle in two.
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A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha by Bhikkhu Bodhi