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Thanks for sharing Chris
not worrying about
the past and the future,
giving rise to the present moment,
becoming established in this place of full perfection.”
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These may be of interest:Evaluation of the Abhidhamma and a Question of its Authenticityhttp://www.buddhanet.net/abhidh09.htmThe Abhidhamma Papers - This is the outcome of an Abhidhamma group which was formed of people who had practised samatha meditation for some years. The major part of this book consists of essays written by members of the group. http://www.samatha.org/publications/abh ... tents.html
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Many thanks for these, Chris!
I have Ven. Narada's Manual of Abhidhamma but I'll admit that I've been a little daunted by it. These articles are a great intro.
"The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement."-- Ajahn Chah, Living Dhamma
"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi
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My recommendation is to take it slowly! If you have access to it, I would urge you to read Bhikkhu Bodhi's A comprehensive manual of the Abhidhamma. Bhikkhu Bodhi's work is an edited version of Narada Thera's translation but the amount of notes that Bhikkhu Bodhi provides makes it essentially a different work.
Another book that I am currently reading on the Abhidhamma is Nyaniponika Thera's Abhidhamma Studies. The work is a collection of essays by Nyaniponika Thera. While the book is easy to read I found that having had some exposure to the Abhidhamma has been indispensible. Its a great book but not one for the raw beginner.
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To add to Ben's post, I'm finding it useful to go through Bhikkhu Bodhi's manual in parallel with Nina van Gorkom's Abhidhamma in Daily Life (ADL), which you can download here: http://www.zolag.co.uk/
This is my second time through these books and they are finally starting to make some sense. They provide a useful contrast. The Material the Bhikkhu Bodhi has assembled is very thorough, with many tables of cittas and cetasikas, whereas Nina is much more conversational. Nina has other downloadable books which might also be useful to read in this parallel manner, particularly the one on Cetasikas.
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