The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist instructing, expounds a innovative method of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and established origination. in line 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 objective. It thereby maps out, with striking rigour and precision, the interior panorama of the brain to be crossed during the functional paintings of Buddhist meditation.
In this booklet of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, one among our age's most suitable 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 element of concentration is the realization bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of...
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Second, unwholesome consciousness (akusala-citta) is analyzed into twelve types, as determined by the unwholesome roots from which they spring, that is, as rooted in greed, or in hatred, or in bare delusion. Third, kammically indeterminate consciousness (abyākata-citta) is considered, states of mind that are neither wholesome nor unwholesome. This is first bifurcated into resultant consciousness (vipāka-citta) and functional consciousness (kiriya-citta), which in turn are each used as headings for classifying their subordinate types.
The method of investigation applied in the Abhidhamma is inductive, being based exclusively on an unprejudiced and subtle introspective observation of mental processes. The procedure used in the Dhammasaṅgaṇī for the analysis of consciousness is precisely that postulated by Whitehead: “It is impossible to over-emphasize the point that the key to the process of induction, as used either in science or in our ordinary life, is to be found in the right understanding of the immediate occasion of knowledge in its full concreteness….
During the early 1950s an increased concern with his own spiritual development led him to pursue more vigorously the practice of meditation, which bore fruit in his popular book The Heart of Buddhist Meditation. In the mid-1950s he had to attend on his ailing teacher, Ven. Nyanatiloka Mahāthera, and to meet certain commitments regarding literary work in German, which included the revision and editing of his teacher’s German translation of the complete Aṅguttara Nikāya. Then in 1958 the Buddhist Publication Society was born, which he conscientiously served as president and editor of until his retirement in the 1980s, by which time his sight had deteriorated too far to allow any further literary work.