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Unravelling the Mysteries of Mind and Body through Abhidhamma

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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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