International Institute of Abhidhamma

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International Institute of Abhidhamma

Postby goldentara » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:45 pm

I was wondering if anyone here has had any direct experience with IIA? It sounds interesting and may be a feasible place for me to learn. Here is the link to the website:

Any info, good or bad, posted here or through PM will be much appreciated by me. Thanks in advance.

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Re: International Institute of Abhidhamma

Postby Paññāsikhara » Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:29 am

I always think it must be very difficult for Burmese Buddhism to do anything on an "international" level, with the current political climate. Thus, I applaud any efforts that they can make in this area, even though they are often only small scale. Looking at that site, their "advisor" Sayadaw Dr. Ashin Nanissara is definitely an international level Buddhist scholar, I have met him once or twice before, I think, at international conferences. Other than that, I am not sure, but worth inquiring further about, I'd say.
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Re: International Institute of Abhidhamma

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:11 am

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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