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Abhidhamma Articles and Books

Postby cooran » Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:57 am

Hello all,

I hope you may find the short articles helpful to give you 'bite-sized' perspectives on the Abhidhamma. All of them helped me in some way to understand just a little, and it proved enough to give me the courage and patience to tackle longer texts.
I have also included links to some of the books, texts, and websites related to Abhidhamma. Personally, I'd read the articles first. Then your own interest will take you anywhere and everywhere. :smile:

metta,
Chris

Article: Abhidhamma and Practice
http://www.abhidhamma.org/abhidhamma_and_practice.htm
Article: Be here now
http://www.abhidhamma.org/be%20here%20now.htm
Article: 'Abhidhamma Notes'
http://www.dhammastudy.com/Introduction.html
Article: Understanding Reality
http://www.abhidhamma.org/understanding%20reality.html
The Abhidhamma Philosophy (about nine pages)
http://www.buddhanet.net/abhidh01.htm
Article: Abhidhamma and Vipassana
http://www.abhidhamma.org/sitagu%20sayadaw.htm

e-books online:
http://www.vipassana.info/contents-vipassana.htm
e-Books in multiple formats on-line:
http://www.zolag.co.uk/
Articles and books graded as to level of difficulty:
http://www.dhammastudy.com/engindex.html

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Re: Abhidhamma Articles and Books

Postby clw_uk » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:08 pm

Thanks for sharing Chris



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Re: Abhidhamma Articles and Books

Postby cooran » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:49 am

Hello all,

These may be of interest:

Evaluation of the Abhidhamma and a Question of its Authenticity
http://www.buddhanet.net/abhidh09.htm
The 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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Re: Abhidhamma Articles and Books

Postby Tex » Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:54 pm

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.

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Re: Abhidhamma Articles and Books

Postby Ben » Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:31 pm

Hi Tex

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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Re: Abhidhamma Articles and Books

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:22 pm

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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