Synopses & Reviews
This modern translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Manual of Abhidhamma) offers an introduction to Buddhism's fundamental philosophical psychology. Originally written in the 11th or 12th century, the Sangaha has served as the key to wisdom held in the Abhidhamma. Concisely surveyed are Abhidhamma's central themes, including states of consciousness and mental factors, the functions and processes of the mind, the material world, dependent arising, and the methods and stages of meditation. This presents an exact translation of the Sangaha alongside the original Pali text. A detailed, explanatory guide with more than 40 charts and tables lead readers through the complexities of Adhidhamma. This replaces 9552401038.
“Bhikkhu Bodhi and the others who have contributed to this truly comprehensive manual of the mind have done a masterful job.” —Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., author, Emotional Intelligence
"This is a brilliant gem of a guidebook and will lead the reader to new dimensions of the wisdom of the Buddha." (Rina Sircar, World Peace Buddhist Chairperson and author of The Psycho-Ethical Aspects of Adhidhamma)
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Intended for all serious students of the Abhidhamma, this book compliments other texts on the subject and explains the important aspects of consciousness and matter in a detailed manner. As a whole, the teachings of Abhidamma aid in looking within and around the self in order to obtain a life without boundaries or suffering. Digging deeper into the psychological nature of Abhidhamma, the text breaks down the various types of thought and energy. The chapters include: “Consciousness and Its Factors,” “Process of Consciousness,” ” Mind-Door Cognitive Process,” ”Absorption Javana in the Mind-Door Process,” and “Process of Matter.”
Includes bibliographical references (p. -383) and index.
About the Author
is the general editor and president of the Buddhist Publication Society in Sri Lanka. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School and was ordained as a monk in Sri Lanka. He is the author, translator, and editor of several books, including Connected Discourses of the Buddha
, Discourse on the All-Embracing Net Views
, and Numerical Discourses of the Buddha