Posted on | August 1, 2014 | No Comments
With each and every breath – A guide to meditation by Thanissaro Bhikku. The meditation techniques taught in this book are skills aimed at solving the mind’s most basic problem: the stress and suffering it brings on itself through its own thoughts and actions. Even though the mind wants happiness, it still manages to weigh itself down with mental pain. In fact, that pain comes from the mind’s misguided efforts to find happiness. Thanissaro states that meditation helps to uncover the reasons for why the mind does this and, in uncovering them, helps you to cure them. In curing them, it opens you to the possibility of genuine happiness, a happiness you can rely on, a happiness that will never change or let you down.
Posted on | July 1, 2014 | No Comments
The Buddhist Monastic Code I and II is an impressive work both in virtue and extent. On nearly 2.000 pages the rules of monks in the Theravada traditions are outlined. This book is written both for the ones seeking monastic life and the bhikkus who have devoted their life to it. It will also benefit other people who have dealings with the bhikkus—so that they will be able to find gathered in one location as much essential information as possible on just what the rules do and do not entail. Students of Early Buddhism, Theravādin history, or contemporary Theravādin issues should also find this book interesting, as should anyone who is serious about the practice of the Dhamma and wants to see how the Buddha worked out the ramifications of Dhamma practice in daily life.
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Posted on | June 29, 2014 | No Comments
The Long Discourse about the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness is a translation directly from the Pali Canon undertaken Anandajoti Bhikku in 2005. I has been revised in 2011 and will be re-revised again in 2055. This is a very important text to Buddhists since it is here he, in the 22nd Discourse in the Long Collection (Digha Nikaya) of the Discourses of the Buddha we find the main discourse on the development of meditation in the Pali Canon. It has 4 parts: Contemplation of the Body, Contemplation of Feelings, Contemplation of the Mind and Contemplation of the Nature of Things.
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Posted on | June 29, 2014 | No Comments
Mindfulness while Breathing is here presented in a new translation from 2008 by Anandajo Bhikkhu. The original title in the Pali Canon is The Anapanasati Sutta (we have several other translations here on the site) and it is the sutta where The Buddha teaches how awareness on breathing can be used as a primer for meditation.
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Posted on | June 28, 2014 | No Comments
The Discourse concerning Malunkyaputta is from the Connected Discourse Collection (Samyutta Nikaya) of the Pali Canon and it is one the few that deals directly with meditation practice. It describes how the Buddha leads the monk Malunkyaputta through a series of questions and answers meant to bring him to a more complete understanding of reality. The instructions begins:
In what is seen there must be only what is seen, in what is heard there must be only what is heard, in what is sensed there must be only what is sensed, in what is cognized there must be only what is cognized.
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Posted on | June 26, 2014 | No Comments
The Karma of Questions. The essays in this book are an attempt to follow the Buddha’s example in approaching questions, trying to trace back to the questions that molded his teachings, and resisting the temptation to focus on questions that would force those teachings into a different shape. The Karma of Questions also explains the inconsistent use of Sanskrit and Pali terms: dharma, karma, and nirvana in some essays; dhamma, kamma, and nibbana in others. Download it here (77 pages/650 KB):
Posted on | June 23, 2014 | No Comments
The Discourse of Girimananda is a section from the Anguttara Nikaya part of the the Pali Canon. It addresses the monk Girimananda and explains 10 different types of meditation practice, the Dasa Sagna- Ten perceptive observations. These instructions are important since they are are spoken directly from the Buddha. The ten practices in headlines are:
the perception of impermanence
the perception of non-self
the perception of the unattractive
the perception of danger
the perception of giving up
the perception of dispassion
the perception of cessation
the perception of non-delight in the whole world
the perception of impermanence in all processes
mindfulness while breathing
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Posted on | June 21, 2014 | No Comments
The Discourse about Mindfulness related to the Body was translated and published in 2008 by Anandajoti Bhikkhu. The discourse origins from the Majjhimanikaya of the Pali Canon and it contains many of the same meditation instructions given by the Buddha as the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness discourse, but with a different ending concerning the Absorptions also known as Jhanas.
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Posted on | June 7, 2014 | No Comments
The Satipatthanavibhanga, Analysis of the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness, is an essential text from the Pali Canons Abhidhamma section. It describes the practice of meditation and mindfulness from the earliest Buddhist tradition. The text lies hidden away as the seventh analysis in the Vibhanga, the second book of the Pali Abhidhammapitaka. This has left it rather buried in the midst of the extremely dense work. The Analysis is divided into three main sections:
The first elaborates on what is meant by doing the practices ajjhatta and bahiddhā.
The second, the Section Derived from the Abstract Teaching (Abhidhammabhājanīya) examines the subject at the time of the attainment of path and fruit (maggaphala), and shows which mental factors are present at that time.
The third, the Questionnaire (Pañhāpucchaka) consists of a standard questionnaire, that is asked many times during the early books of the Abhidhamma, which classifies the states of mind that may, or must, be present during the supermundane ways of attending to mindfulness (lokuttara satipatthāna).
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Posted on | June 6, 2014 | 1 Comment
The Matrix of the Abstract Teaching is a direct translation from the beginning of the Abhidhamma or “abstract/higher teaching” in the Pali Canon. It is a table or grid from which other doctrines are classified in the seven Abhidhamma books or sections, it is therefore used as a reference point for the other doctrines, suitable for students.
The matrix is divided into three parts, the triplets matrix, the pairs matrix and the pairs matrix from the discourses. These instructions comes with no further explanations, such as:
Triplet Matrix – 15:
Things that are wrongful and have a fixed destiny
Things that are righteous and have a fixed destiny
Things that do not have a fixed destiny
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Posted on | June 1, 2014 | No Comments
Advice to Rahula is the second book in our line-up of translations from the Pali Canon which deals with meditation. Advice to Rahula, Mahārāhulovādasuttaṁ, MN 62, is an important discourse on mindfulness. It was given directly from the Buddha to his son Rahula on the development of meditation on the elements as a precursor to mindfulness while breathing. This version was revised in2008. Download Advice to Rahula here (30 pages/320 Kb) :
Posted on | May 31, 2014 | No Comments
The Discourse about the Great Emancipation is a a newer translation of Mahāparinibbānasutta from the Pali Canon, the Sutta 16th, being the standard Theravada text on the last part of the life of the Buddha and his death. The discourse consists of both historical details and descriptions of advice for meditation techniques, directly given by the Buddha. It is one of the longest discourses from the Canon and it is here The Buddha makes preparations for the preservation of his teaching.
The Discourse about the Great Emancipation is the first of nine books to be posted here in the coming weeks on the topic of meditation instructions in English from the Pali Canon. Download The Discourse about the Great Emancipation here (200 pages/1.6 MB):
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