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The Discourse concerning Malunkyaputta

Posted on | June 28, 2014 | No Comments

The Discourse concerning MalukyaputtaThe 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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The Karma of Questions

Posted on | June 26, 2014 | No Comments

The Karma of QuestionsThe 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):

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The Discourse of Girimananda

Posted on | June 23, 2014 | No Comments

The Discourse of GirimanandaThe 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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The Discourse about Mindfulness related to the Body

Posted on | June 21, 2014 | No Comments

The Discourse About Mindfulness related to the BodyThe 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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Analysis of the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness

Posted on | June 7, 2014 | No Comments

Analysis of the Ways of Attending to MindfulnessThe 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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The Matrix of the Abstract Teaching

Posted on | June 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Matrix of the Abstract TeachingThe 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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Advice to Rahula

Posted on | June 1, 2014 | No Comments

Advice to Rahula

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) :

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The Discourse about the Great Emancipation

Posted on | May 31, 2014 | No Comments

The Great Emancipation

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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