Ven. Ñanavira's Clearing the Path.

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Ven. Ñanavira's Clearing the Path.

Postby pulga » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:18 pm

I've been considering ordering the latest edition of Ven. Ñanavira's Clearing the Path. I have the first edition published in 1987, but would like to know how it compares with the newer, unedited version. If anyone has had the chance to compare the two, I'd be appreciative of your comments. Thank you.
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Re: Recommended reading

Postby daverupa » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:56 pm

pulga wrote:I've been considering ordering the latest edition of Ven. Ñanavira's Clearing the Path. I have the first edition published in 1987, but would like to know how it compares with the newer, unedited version. If anyone has had the chance to compare the two, I'd be appreciative of your comments. Thank you.


You can read the Editor's Foreword in the 2003 edition here (.pdf, page ix).
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: Recommended reading

Postby pulga » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:10 pm

daverupa wrote:You can read the Editor's Foreword in the 2003 edition


This is the same Editor's Foreword as the 1987 edition. I believe the most recent edition includes the drafted letters in their entirety. While I trust that Ven. Bodhesako included all that was relevant in his edition, I'm still intrigued by what anecdotal information the manuscripts have to offer. I may be disappointed of course: the 2010 edition may have little to offer me, but I'm inclined to ascertain that for myself.
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Re: Recommended reading

Postby daverupa » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:35 pm

I hadn't heard of a later edition, so this is interesting news.
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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