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Any recomendations for a good book on the Five Aggregates

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8fold
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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
Rain soddens what is covered up,
It does not sodden what is open.
Therefore uncover what is covered
That the rain will not sodden it.
Ud 5.5

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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
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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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.

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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.
Daily Practice with the Suttas |
Audio Sutta Recordings | Images of the Buddha across time and space

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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

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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

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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.

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

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


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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.
good-will

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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:

By Sue Hamilton
I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

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



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