By Nyanaponika Thera
The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist instructing, expounds a progressive approach of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and established origination. in accordance with the liberative thrust of early Buddhism, the program organizes the total spectrum of human realization round the poles of Buddhist doctrine - bondage and liberation, Samsara and Nirvana - the place to begin and the ultimate target. It thereby maps out, with impressive rigour and precision, the interior panorama of the brain to be crossed in the course of the sensible paintings of Buddhist meditation.
In this e-book of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, one in all our age's greatest exponents of Theravada Buddhism, makes an attempt to penetrate underneath the ambitious face of the Abhidhamma and to make its ideas intelligible to the considerate reader of at the present time. His aspect of concentration is the recognition bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of the Abhidhamma Pitaka. Basing his interpretation at the specific record of psychological components that the Abhidhamma makes use of as a advisor to mental research, he launches into daring explorations within the a number of dimensions of conditionality, the character of realization, the temporality of expertise, and the mental springs of non secular transformation. leading edge and wealthy in insights, this publication doesn't in simple terms open up new avenues within the educational examine of early Buddhism. via treating the Abhidhamma as a fountainhead of suggestion for philosophical and mental inquiry, it demonstrates the continued relevance of Buddhist proposal to our so much astute modern efforts to appreciate the elusive but so intimate nature of the brain.
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30 Sitting With Koans It was especially because of its psychological implications that the koan method of Zen stirred up great interest when it became known in the West. There is ample support for such psychological interpretations in the history of Zen during the T’ang and the Song periods. Of course, we cannot be sure just how much the Zen masters themselves recognized or intended the psychological effects of their methods. Their main concern was to bring their disciples to a genuine experience, and that experience necessarily implied a break with the student’s ordinary state of consciousness.
Day and night work intently at it. Do not attempt nihilistic or dualistic interpretations. It is like having bolted a red hot iron ball. You try to vomit it but cannot…. ” If you do not stop or waver in your striving, then behold, when the Dharma candle is lighted, darkness is at once enlightened. Ta-hui’s teaching that doubt is an essential element of the koan remained normative throughout Chinese Zen from the end of the Song period. Kao-feng Yüan-miao (1238–1295), a respected master from the Yang-ch’i line of the Rinzai school who was active well into the Yüan period (1260–1368), described this sense of doubt in his highly acclaimed text The Essentials of Zen.
Tai-chi ta-yung). A great potential will necessarily break forth in sudden, grotesque, but always meaningful action. Thus in the House of Kuei-yang there developed different forms of expression, from simple koan stories to easily understood symbolism. The possibilities of expression were even richer in the House of Lin-chi, which made abundant use of dialectical formulas. ”The metaphor of the box and the lid alluded to above nicely fits the style of the House of Yün-men. In the methods of the House of Fa-yen, psychological concerns are blended with the worldview of Kegon.
Abhidhamma Studies: Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time by Nyanaponika Thera