- Venerable Monks and dear brothers in the Dharma
I am new to this forum. I have been reading all the posts and in one of
them there was an offer to continue explaining Abhidhamma teachings.
I am really very interested in reading it. I find extremely interesting
the Abhidhamma not only for our personal work in the path but because I
feel it is a very good tool for helping other´s in their way and in
their understanding. Unfortunately, the Abhidhamma is not very
available as other buddhist texts in western countries.
Yours in the Dharma
- Dear Barbara,
Welcome to learning the teaching of the Buddha!
I remember I made the promise to continue the study on Abhidhamma. I appreciate your willingness to use the teaching for helping others. You may be reading the discussion on Abhidhamma from our monks. I am confident to discuss this subject since I know that there are learned monks who will give me correction and advice. There may be some other valuable discussion from other monks. Enjoy reading and practicing through it.
- Yes, these books are good enough to study basic Abhidhamma. One who learn
the Abhidhamma, a bit difficult to understand in the begining of learning.
You need a close teacher to disscuss in detail.
After you understand the meaning of Abhidhamma you can get confidence in the
Dhamma what the Buddha tought. Please try to get a schooler monk to teach
you. It may take time. OK
>From: Todd Martin <todd@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [SanghaOnline] Abhidhamma
>Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2004 20:24:32 -0700
>Dear Venerable Sirs,,
>If I may, I'd like to ask about Abhidhamma, what it is, where it came
>from etc. I'm thinking about purchasing the following books:
>1) A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha of
>by Bhikkhu Bodhi (Translator), Anuruddha, Mahathera Narada (Editor)
>2)Abhidhamma Studies: Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time
>by Nyanaponika Thera, Nyanaponika, Bhikkhu Bodhi
>The subject appears on the outside to be beneficial. I however have
>doubts because from what I understand the Buddha didn't actually teach
>Could you please help me decide whether this is a good subject for
>me to study in my free time and whether the above books are good study
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- I do not have access to a teacher, other than you =) I truly appreciate
the reply and apologize for not getting back to you sooner.
Is this list the correct place for me to ask question on Abhidhamma? I
live in the desert of southern California and it's a 2 hour drive to the
nearest teacher and even then they are Zen teachers not Therevadan.
I ordered one of the books and will refrain from asking questions until
I have had time to read and reflect on it. Thank you very much for your
time and patience.
Sayadaw Nanda Siddhi wrote:
>Yes, these books are good enough to study basic Abhidhamma. One who learn--
>the Abhidhamma, a bit difficult to understand in the begining of learning.
>You need a close teacher to disscuss in detail.
>After you understand the meaning of Abhidhamma you can get confidence in the
>Dhamma what the Buddha tought. Please try to get a schooler monk to teach
>you. It may take time. OK
- Q1. What is the difference between "mano dhatu" and "Mani vinnana dhatu"?
I know mano dhatu - 1 five sense door adverting consciousness ( panca
dvaravajjana) and 2 upekkha sampaticchana ( reciving consciousness)
Mano Viana Dhatu - 3 Ahetuka Santirana
1 mindoor adverting conciousness
24kamavacara kusala,vipaka, kriya
15 rupavacara kusala, vipaka, kriya
12 Arupavacara kusala, vipaka, kriya
8 lokuttara citta
12 akusala citta
I just want to know the reason behind the divison of this way.