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Psycho-Ethical Aspects of Abhidhamma - Rina Sircar

Psycho-Ethical Aspects of Abhidhamma


Published: 28th February 1999
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The Psycho-Ethical Aspects of Abhidhamma brings the essence of Buddhist psychology, called Abhidhamma, to the Western world using the related portions of the Pali Buddhist literature. Rina Sircar utilizes parables, stories, and concepts that are current to Western thought to emphasize and clarify the understanding of the value and efficacy of the Buddha's teaching as an introduction to those interested in Abhidhamma. He presents concepts related to the main ideas of Western psychology, such as personality, which relates closely to the Buddhist definition of 'self.' Buddhism calls any static, unchanging definition of self an illusion and deception that leads to fear and pain. Rather, the self is understood as mentality and materiality that can be validated through the meditation practice on the thirty-two parts of the body that can lead to a direct experience of the self and can even heal illnesses. The author describes how this spiritual process leads to the understanding of 'Who am I?' and 'What am I?' Its goal is to perfect the constantly changing person into the 'arahat, ' as the wheel of existence turns into the wheel of truth, by following a path of purification and deliverance

...this book is a good volume for Westerners interested in learning more about this part of Buddhist canon.--Tricycle: The Buddist Review

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Major Features of Abhidhamma and Their Benefits in Daily Lifep. 9
Abhidhamma: Comparisons and Contributions to Modern Psychologyp. 23
Personality in Abhidhammap. 39
Causation and Co-relationp. 57
Clarification of the Buddha's Psycho-Ethical Attitudep. 71
The Process of Thought in Early Buddhist Schoolsp. 83
The Process of Thought in Later Buddhist Schoolsp. 91
A Comparison of Early and Later Schools of Buddhist Thought and Western Psychologyp. 111
Summary and Conclusionsp. 117
Practical Abhidhammap. 121
End Notesp. 131
Glossary of Pali Termsp. 141
Selected Bibliographyp. 153
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ISBN: 9780761813231
ISBN-10: 0761813233
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 163
Published: 28th February 1999
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.34  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Type: Annotated