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Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:28 am

Greetings,

Having read his wonderful "Concept And Reality in Early Buddhist Thought" and currently being very impressed (perhaps even moreso) with his text "Magic Of The Mind", an exposition of the Kalakarama Sutta.... both published by the Buddhist Publication Society, I thought I might start this thread in the hope of starting a discussion about this contemporary author whose works I've got great respect for, even though I know so little about him.

Some Bhikkhu Ñanananda resources...

Online - http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... index.html - contains links to "Ideal Solitude: An Exposition on the Bhaddekaratta Sutta" and "Samyutta Nikaya: An Anthology (Part II)"

Physical Books - http://www.bps.lk/expositionsandstudies.asp - where the two aforementioned texts can be purchased at very reasonable prices.

(more information and resources to come if/when I find more!)

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby Ben » Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:39 am

Hi Retro

You've piqued my interest!
I've just checked the BPS online library and they say 'Ideal Solitude' is coming soon!
I look forward to it and the discussion here.
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby cooran » Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:52 am

Hello Retro, all,

I admire Bhikkhu Nanananda. I started this thread about the prologue to Magic of the Mind elsewhere, and had forgotten to continue it until now - must find "Magic of the Mind" and get going again:

The Magic Show, An exposition of the Kalakarama Sutta
http://www.lioncity.net/buddhism/index. ... try1123633

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:01 am

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:02 am

He has also done a short anthology for BPS of the Samyutta Nikaya. The translations are are good, but it is the footnotes that really open things up.
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby puthujjana » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:08 am

"Once you understand anatta, then the burden of life is gone. You’ll be at peace with the world. When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness and we can truly be happy."
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby gavesako » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:35 am

For some reason, Ven. Nyanananda has had a number of students (monks and nuns) from Austria, but I am not sure how many of them are still there, maybe disrobed by now... Certainly his writing style is very intellectual and attracts the Western philosophically-trained mind.
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby Moggalana » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:45 am

I've just stumbled upon the german version of "The Magic of the Mind".
For anyone interested: http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/savi ... eistes.pdf
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby Rhino » Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:52 pm

Moggalana wrote:I've just stumbled upon the german version of "The Magic of the Mind".
For anyone interested: http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/savi ... eistes.pdf

And much more in german from Nanananda (including the nibbana sermons) can be found here:
http://dhamma-dana.de/buecher.htm#nanananda
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:18 pm

Greetings Tilt,



I've only just started reading Sermon 1 and am already blown away by this. Everything I've ever read from this bhikkhu is a veritable tour de force.

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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby clw_uk » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:28 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Tilt,



I've only just started reading Sermon 1 and am already blown away by this. Everything I've ever read from this bhikkhu is a veritable tour de force.

Metta,
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Me to they are brilliant, ive never read his works before now
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby appicchato » Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:04 am

puthujjana wrote:Another resource: http://www.beyondthenet.net/calm/clm_main1.asp

Hmmm...I went there and it says 'File Not Found'...
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby Sanghamitta » Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:29 pm

Is this one of the group of Bhikkhus that settled in Sri Lanka ?
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby piotr » Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:16 pm

Hi,

Sanghamitta wrote:Is this one of the group of Bhikkhus that settled in Sri Lanka ?


No, he is native Sri Lankan.
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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:13 pm

Image

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:14 pm

Greetings,

I see from the Bibliography of Analayo's Satipatthana text that there's a couple more books (or booklets?) by Bhikkhu Ñanananda.

A bit of a Google Search suggests they were printed for free distribution, but the only electronic copy of them that I seem to be able to find is in the form a Bit Borrent on "8_Rare_Books_on_Mindfulness_Meditation_and_Theravada_Buddhism"

http://www.btmon.com/Other/E-books/8_Ra ... rrent.html

Alas, I don't know how to do torrents... so does anyone have any ideas on how I might be able to find an electronic copy of any of the following...

Towards Calm And Insight: Some Practical Hints (1993)
Seeing Though: A Guide To Insight Meditation (1999)


If anyone has an electronic copy and if it seems intended as a Dhamma book for free publication, feel free to append a copy of either document to this topic!

Of course, I'd be definitely interested if anyone has any ideas on how the physical copies can be obtained, but that seems the least likely outcome at this point in time.

Thanks.

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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby BlackBird » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:22 am

Downloading now. It's about 243mb and on a torrent, that can take a few hours. So will keep you posted Retro :)

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:06 am

Greetings Jack,

Thanks... much appreciated!

:twothumbsup:

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby BlackBird » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:25 am

Alright, I've uploaded both to rapidshare. Good news, both are for free distribution, and both look really good.

Venerable Bhikkhu K. Ñanananda - Towards calm and insight
http://rapidshare.com/files/334505800/N ... nsight.pdf

Venerable Bhikkhu K. Ñanananda - Seeing Through - A Guide to Insight Meditation
http://rapidshare.com/files/334505801/N ... tation.pdf

Gonna contact what-buddha-taught and see if they will upload these files

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Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Postby Paññāsikhara » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:45 am

Bhante Nanananda's writings are definitely recommended, really brilliant stuff!

Thus I have heard - from those present at the time - that while still a layman, he was a young lecturer at a Uni in Sri Lanka, and really quite unknown, quiet, unassuming. After writing and publishing his first book, a lot of people thought "Wow! Who is this?", but by the time they found out who he was, he had already renounced and had disappeared into the forests in central Sri Lanka.

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