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Abhidhamma and Insight

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Abhidhamma and Insight

Postby no mike » Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:56 pm

I am finishing Bhikkhu Bodhi's Anthology, In the Buddha's Words. I am wondering if this should be my next book:

Bhikkhu Bodhi's A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings)

This could be the next book for my daily Dhamma reading; plus, since "Vipassana Meditation" is highlighted within the title, I am expecting some substantial "insight" and technical stuff-I-can-use for building up or modifying my daily practice.

Any feedback?

My other option would be to just continue with each of the discourses published by Wisdom, as my daily study.

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Re: Abhidhamma and Insight

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:16 pm

It depends what you want. It's rather heavy going. It gives a concise overview of the Abhidhamma and it's later interpretation by the Pali Commentators, so is an extremely useful reference. I'm puzzled by the (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings) line at Amazon. There's no practical advice on meditation, though there is a summary of Jhana, progress of insight, etc.

You can see an earlier version here: http://www.palikanon.com/english/sangaha/sangaha.htm and there is a PDF of this as well:
http://www.google.co.nz/url?sa=t&rct=j& ... 9294,d.dGI

Bhikkhu Bodhi updated the explanation and his version is well worth having. However, if you want a practical meditation book, you might want to look at this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=41&t=341

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Re: Abhidhamma and Insight

Postby no mike » Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:46 am

Haha; I read the Amazon line as a second title, now I understand why it seemed odd that Vipassana was in it. It wasn't.

I agree with the feedback, and thank you for clarifying :)

I do find it helpful to memorize things and contemplate on them, but at this point it has only been key words, lists, and concepts. I'm ready to try a passage.

I'll continue with the discourses, thanks for the suggestions!

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Re: Abhidhamma and Insight

Postby Mkoll » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:01 am

Another idea is that along with your sutta study you begin to learn Pali. That's what I'm doing and even my very elementary knowledge of it has deepened my understanding of the Dhamma.
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
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Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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