The Path of Freedom: Vimuttimagga Reprinted by BPS

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The Path of Freedom: Vimuttimagga Reprinted by BPS

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:23 pm

The Buddhist Publication Society has reprinted the Vimuttimagga along with a host of other Buddhist classics found here:

Path of Freedom: Vimuttimagga
Upatissa Thera

The Vimuttimagga is a manual of meditation, evidently based on the experience of Buddhist monks in ancient times and compiled for the guidance of those intent on a contemplative life. The work is compiled in accordance with the classical Buddhist division of the path into the three stages of virtue, concentration, and wisdom, culminating in the goal of liberation. It is widely believed that the Vimuttimagga may have been the model used by Acariya Buddhaghosa to compose his magnum opus, the Visuddhimagga, several centuries later. The older work is marked by a leaner style and a more lively sense of urgency stemming from its primarily practical orientation.

The Vimuttimagga is ascribed to the Buddhist monk Upatissa, who is believed to have lived in Sri Lanka in the first half of the first millennium. The original Pali text of the work no longer exists, but fortunately a Chinese translation of it, made in the sixth century, has survived. It is from that work that the present translation into English has been made.

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: The Path of Freedom: Vimuttimagga Reprinted by BPS

Postby Paul Davy » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:26 pm


Excellent to see this has finally happened.


Retro. :)
“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)

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