Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

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Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby 8fold » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:04 am

In brief, The Five Aggregates ---I don't understand them.

Can anyone recommend a good book on this topic?

Thank you.
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Re: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby rowboat » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:17 am

I'd recommend Mathieu Boisvert's The Five Aggregates: Understanding Theravada Psychology and Soteriology: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Aggregates-U ... 0889202575
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Re: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby bodom » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:19 am

The Five Aggregates: A Study Guide
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/khandha.html

- Bodom
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: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby vinasp » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:47 am

Hi 8fold,

None of the books which I read made any sense.

Nyanatiloka in his Buddhist Dictionary in the
entry on Khandha says:

"Some writers on Buddhism who have not understood
that the five khandha are just classificatory
groupings, have conceived them as compact entities
( heaps, bundles ), while actually, as stated above,
the groups never exist as such." page 98

If it is just a fivefold classification framework, then
there is really nothing to understand.

The real mystery is what is being classified into these
five groups, or what is a dhamma.

Regards, Vincent.
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Re: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby daverupa » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:08 pm

Identity and experience: the constitution of the human being according to early Buddhism & Early Buddhism: a new approach : the I of the beholder, both by Sue Hamilton.
    "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: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby BKh » Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:14 pm

Don't forget the 22nd saṁyutta in the Samyutta Nikaya. Some suttas are here:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .html#sn22

The complete collection is in The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, Bhikkhu Bodhi Trans.

You might want to consider just reading one or two each day, and then when you get to the end, start at the beginning again. Several times.
http://www.readingfaithfully.org Daily Practice with the Suttas
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Re: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby santa100 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:09 pm

A schematic of them might help if you're a visual person..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:PancaKhandha
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Re: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby 8fold » Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:22 am

Thank you, everyone.
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Re: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby Nyana » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:30 am

daverupa wrote:Identity and experience: the constitution of the human being according to early Buddhism by Sue Hamilton.

This study is probably the most thorough survey of sutta passages, etc., pertaining to the five aggregates.
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Re: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby 8fold » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:27 am

Identity and experience: the constitution of the human being according to early Buddhism ---- $145 !!!

....guess I gotta work on my attachment to money!
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Re: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby Nyana » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:10 pm

8fold wrote:Identity and experience: the constitution of the human being according to early Buddhism ---- $145 !!!

It's a decent book but hardly worth that price IMO. If you can get a cheaper used copy or borrow a copy through an inter-library loan, then that would be the way to go.
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Re: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby daverupa » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:54 pm

Perhaps ask a local college or university to order it for their library.
    "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: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby danieLion » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:33 am

Ñāṇa wrote:
8fold wrote:Identity and experience: the constitution of the human being according to early Buddhism ---- $145 !!!

It's a decent book but hardly worth that price IMO. If you can get a cheaper used copy or borrow a copy through an inter-library loan, then that would be the way to go.

Like Nana and daverupa say, it's worth whatever you've got to do get a copy (most states/provinces allow photocopying for personal use).
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Re: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby danieLion » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:44 am

Yes, Sue H's book is the one to get.
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Re: Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

Postby ancientbuddhism » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:27 pm

I just added this to our Early Buddhism Resources page:

Identity and Experience: The Constitution of the Human Being According to Early Buddhism By Sue Hamilton
Fingers walk the darkness down
Mind is on the midnight
Gather up the gold you've found
You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

Secure your own mask before assisting others. – NORTHWEST AIRLINES (Pre-Flight Instruction)

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