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New book... ('A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma')

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New book... ('A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma')

Postby ashtanga » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:30 pm

Hi all,

I have just received my copy of 'A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma' by Bikkhu Bodhi.

...I've heard a lot about it so I guess I've made a good choice?

Tony...
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Re: New book...

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:42 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: New book... ('A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma')

Postby Ben » Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:26 am

Hi Tony
I think its very excellent. It can be hard to read and follow and after reading it through, I tend to use it now as a reference. Bhikkhu Bodhi's explanatory text really makes the book worthwhile.
metta

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Re: New book... ('A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma')

Postby Kare » Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:38 am

I agree. The book is excellent. But read it slowly, go back and reread a chapter now and then, and try to load the stuff into your mental harddisc. The more you are able to internalize it, the better it will be understood. Use the book as a tool kit for understanding your own mind. Enjoy! :twothumbsup:
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Re: New book... ('A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma')

Postby ashtanga » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:10 am

Thanks, I have been stuygin Emptiness in the Tibetan Tradition for many years so the subject matter shouldn't be too unfamiliar - I am looking forward to seeing the Theravadin take on Emptiness - which I understand is more to do with Dependent Origination rather than conceptualising Emptiness per se.

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Re: New book... ('A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma')

Postby Paññāsikhara » Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:56 am

My recently moved Blog, containing some of my writings on the Buddha Dhamma, as well as a number of translations from classical Buddhist texts and modern authors, liturgy, etc.: .

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Re: New book... ('A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma')

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:11 am

Greetings bhante,

Yes, they were some of the concerns that I thought of when I saw the potential paramattha / emptiness conflict.

Either way the process will be a good eye opener.

:shock:

Thanks as always for sharing your perspectives.

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: New book... ('A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma')

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Re: New book... ('A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma')

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:46 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: New book... ('A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma')

Postby ckatgo » Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:54 pm

Greetings!

I have this book, I have to admit it looks pretty technical but I am excited to get started on it and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to say about it.


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