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  • Unravelling the Mysteries of Mind and Body through Abhidhamma
  • Mengungkap Misteri Batin dan Jasmani melalui Abhidhamma
  • 佛陀的九種德行

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A complicated subject, simplified and readable June 18, 2013
By SassyCat

Using her extensive knowledge of a subject often considered complicated and impenetrable, the author draws out the essence of the Abhidhamma, the core teachings of the Buddha, in this important book. Presented in straightforward, easy-to-read language with simple analogies and clear anecdotes, the book is equally suitable for beginning meditators as well as those who have followed the Buddha's path for many years.

Although easily read, the book is perhaps most valuable as a study manual, a reference that answers many of the detailed questions that naturally arise as one progresses upon the Noble Eightfold Path. Beginners might naturally progress more slowly through the material, while an advanced meditator who has read and studied the Satipatthana Sutta and longed to understand the details behind this and other suttas will certainly appreciate the analytical nature and direct style in which the material is presented.
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A Masteful Exposition on Abhidhamma and Meditation June 9, 2013
By Eric Bause

Sayalay Susila's book presents a survey of the Abhidhamma and its practical application to meditation; it is this unique combination of the two in a clear and concise manner that makes it stand out from other dharma books. Due to this unique approach, I don't know that there is another book with which it can be directly compared. I highly recommend this book.

Part One "The Four Truths" goes through the details of Abhidhamma, with sections on consciousness, cognitive processes, karma and its results, mental factors, matter and Nirvana. This section alone will make the book a worthwhile addition to the library of anyone interested in the Theravada Abhidhamma.

Part Two "The Cycle of Birth and Death" details the processes of death and rebirth, building on the material on cognitive processes from the previous section, and concludes with section on dependent origination.

Part Three "The Escape" deals with actual meditative practices, with sections on the Noble Eightfold Path, serenity meditation, four element meditation (a practice rarely taught in the west)and insight meditation, all building on the framework put together in the first two parts of the book.

If any of this resonates with you, order this book--you'll be glad you did.
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