By Bhikkhu Bodhi
This contemporary translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Manual of Abhidhamma) deals an advent to Buddhism's primary philosophical psychology. initially written within the eleventh or twelfth century, the Sangaha has served because the key to knowledge held within the Abhidhamma. Concisely surveyed are Abhidhamma's imperative topics, together with states of awareness and psychological elements, the features and tactics of the brain, the fabric global, established coming up, and the equipment and levels of meditation. This provides a precise translation of the Sangaha along the unique Pali textual content. a close, explanatory advisor with greater than forty charts and tables lead readers in the course of the complexities of Adhidhamma.
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A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha by Bhikkhu Bodhi