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books on cultivating wisdom?

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books on cultivating wisdom?

Postby alan... » Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:54 am

in a three trainings sense. i have no confusion about morality, i have books on jhana and mindfulness, but i need a ton of guidance on wisdom. i'm not a beginner, i know about wisdom and i think i may have developed it to a degree but i'm simply being totally honest about where i feel i need work. i have zero access to a real life teacher.

so any books on cultivating wisdom that talk in depth about what wisdom is, how it works, and so on. why the books are good and what not as well would be great.

specifically non-vipassana books! please. i already practice vipassana and have books on that. that may not be so clear: what i'm saying is i don't need any more books talking me through mindfulness and the very specific practice of vipassana stuff (so not mahasi sayadaw, how to focus on the abdomen, nyanaponika thera, etc. kind of stuff, i already read it and love it). i'm looking for books that are totally focused on wisdom cultivation.

however if you know of some that use vipassana and explain VERY clearly how to develop wisdom and go in depth about what that is as well that would work, i just don't need any bare vipassana practice books since i already have them.

i already have the practice side well explained to me as well as the morality practices that lead up to it, i am very much in the dark about the details and in depth explanations of wisdom though. so out of morality, concentration and wisdom, i'm missing the wisdom piece of the puzzle to tie it all together.

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Re: books on cultivating wisdom?

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:20 am

Hi Alan,
The Vism is excellent as a reference. Dip into it from time to time on bits you might think is relevant. For example, I don't usually revisit the section on kasinas.
Wisdom is generally cultivated in a particular practice orientation. Hence, you might find some material within books on particular meditation practices. I recommend Nyanaponika mahathera's "Heart of Buddhist Meditation", as well as Ven Analayo's "Satipatthana" which is both meditation manual and scholarly treatise.
Wishing you all the best,
Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Postby Ben » Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:10 am

Hi Alan, Nyanaponika Mahathera's has had a great influence on me. Heart of Buddhist Meditation is a classic. If you loved "heart of..." then you will also love Analayo's modern masterpiece. Analayo's work is also written as a bookend and homage to Nyanaponika's seminal work. It's worth the money whether hard copy or electronic.
With metta,
Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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