Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses

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  • Copyright: 2012-10-15
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For those who approach Buddhism as a system of mental development, this book is a reliable and accessible guide to understanding the significance of themes from the Pali discourses. Themes include grasping, right view, craving, passion, contemplation of feeling, happiness, and liberation. A rare combination of scholarly rigor and extensive meditation experience from the author provides veracity to these studies and explorations.

Author Biography

Bhikkhu Analayo was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, where he completed his PhD. His thesis was subsequently published as Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization. He is a leading scholar in research on early Buddhism, having written more than 200 academic publications, and is a professor of Buddhist Studies and Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy and is an associate professor at the Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Craving / Tanhap. 3
Craving Imageryp. 3
Types of Cravingp. 9
The Arising of Cravingp. 17
The Cessation of Cravingp. 20
The Path to Freedom from Cravingp. 21
Grasping / Upadanap. 26
Grasping at Sensual Pleasuresp. 26
Grasping at Viewsp. 28
Grasping at Rules and Observancesp. 30
Grasping at a Doctrine of Selfp. 31
The Five Aggregates [Affected by] Clingingp. 34
Grasping and Nibbanap. 35
Freedom from Graspingp. 37
Passion / Ragap. 39
The Nature of Passionp. 39
The Removal of Passionp. 44
Passion and Dispassionp. 45
Ill-will / Vyapadap. 54
Manifestations of Ill-willp. 54
The Arising and Consequences of Ill-willp. 59
How to Overcome Ill-willp. 61
Sloth-and-torpor / Thinamiddhap. 66
The Nature of Sloth-and-torporp. 66
The Removal of Sloth-and-torporp. 68
Restlessness-and-worry / Uddhaccakukkuccap. 71
Restlessnessp. 71
Worryp. 74
Restlessness-and-worryp. 75
Doubt / Vicikicchap. 78
The Nature of Doubtp. 78
Doubt and Investigationp. 80
Personality View / Sakkayaditthip. 85
Manifestations of Personality Viewp. 85
Removal of Personality Viewp. 90
Right View / Sammaditthip. 93
Wrong Viewp. 93
Right View and Investigationp. 95
Right View as the Forerunner of the Pathp. 97
Arrival at Right Viewp. 99
Right View and the Four Noble Truthsp. 100
Volitional Formations / Sankharap. 104
Sankharas as an Aggregatep. 105
Sankharas as a Link in Dependent Arisingp. 109
Sankharas in Generalp. 113
Thought / Vitakkap. 118
The Ethical Perspective on Thoughtp. 119
The Arising of Thoughtp. 120
The Vitakkasanthana-suttap. 123
Vitakka in Meditationp. 127
Thought Imageryp. 129
Feeling / Vedanap. 132
The Nature of Feelingsp. 132
Bodily and Mental Feelingsp. 135
Feelings and Karmic Retributionp. 139
Feelings and Viewsp. 141
Contemplation of feelings / Vedananupassanap. 143
The Analysis of Feelingsp. 143
Feelings and Mental Reactionsp. 145
The Potential of Contemplating Feelingsp. 147
Feelings and Impermanencep. 149
The Significance of Dukkhap. 151
Happiness / Sukhap. 153
Types of Happinessp. 153
The Ethical Perspective on Happinessp. 155
Happiness and the Development of the Mindp. 158
Equanimity / Upekkhap. 164
Equanimity towards Sensory Experiencep. 164
Equanimity as a Divine Abodep. 166
Equanimity as a Factor of Awakeningp. 170
Knowledge and Vision according to Reality / Yathabhutananadassanap. 176
The Implications of yathabhutap. 176
Knowledge and Visionp. 178
The Buddha's Awakeningp. 179
The Development of 'Yathabhutananadassanap. 183
Wise Attention / Yoniso Manasikarap. 193
Wise (Yoniso)p. 193
Attention (Manasikara)p. 196
The Implications of Wise Attentionp. 196
The Importance of Wise Attentionp. 202
Insight / Vipassanap. 206
The Significance of Insightp. 206
Insight and Mindfulnessp. 213
The Insight Knowledgesp. 221
Tranquillity & Insight / Samatha & Vipassanap. 229
Cooperation between Tranquillity and Insightp. 229
Sequence of Practising Tranquillity and Insightp. 232
Concentration / Samadhip. 236
The Development of Concentrationp. 238
Absorptionp. 243
Supernormal Abilitiesp. 246
Concentration and Awakeningp. 252
Seclusion / Vivekap. 258
Living in Seclusionp. 258
Silencep. 261
Mental Seclusionp. 264
Letting go / Vossaggap. 266
Letting gop. 266
Giving upp. 268
Emptiness / Sunnatap. 272
The Significance of the Term 'Empty'p. 272
The Culasunnata-suttap. 274
The Mahasunnata-suttap. 277
Other Passages on Emptinessp. 279
Liberation / Vimuttip. 282
The Eight Deliverancesp. 282
Liberation of the Mindp. 289
Occasions for Attaining Liberationp. 296
Liberated Beings?p. 299
The Path to Liberationp. 302
Abbreviationsp. 08
Bibliographyp. 309
Indexp. 313
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