By Bhikkhu Bodhi
This contemporary translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Manual of Abhidhamma) bargains an creation 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 significant topics, together with states of awareness and psychological elements, the features and procedures of the brain, the fabric global, established bobbing up, and the tools and phases of meditation. This provides a precise translation of the Sangaha along the unique Pali textual content. an in depth, explanatory advisor with greater than forty charts and tables lead readers during the complexities of Adhidhamma.
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However, enlightenment does not mean the elimination of all desires – at least, not in a sustained way during this life (during meditative experiences of Nibba¯na, and with the attainment of Nibba¯na beyond death, desires are absent). For one thing, compassion clearly involves desire in some sense – namely, the desire that others fare well. Moreover, no human life is possible that does not involve some elementary desires such as for food or sleep. Surely the Buddha did not mean to deny this (in fact, the extreme asceticism he rejected would seem to have been an endeavor to achieve freedom from any desires in this life).
Presumably he was raised in considerable prosperity and received a good education by the standards of the time. He was also reputed to have been extremely attractive physically. Aged sixteen, he married the beautiful Ya´sodhara¯. Several years later, when he was twenty-nine, she gave birth to their ﬁrst (and, it would turn out, only) child, their son Ra¯hula. That Siddhattha was married, had a son, and was probably in line to acquire the power and wealth of his father no doubt made him a very fortunate and much envied young man in Sakka.
He was also reputed to have been extremely attractive physically. Aged sixteen, he married the beautiful Ya´sodhara¯. Several years later, when he was twenty-nine, she gave birth to their ﬁrst (and, it would turn out, only) child, their son Ra¯hula. That Siddhattha was married, had a son, and was probably in line to acquire the power and wealth of his father no doubt made him a very fortunate and much envied young man in Sakka. At the time of his birth, religious authorities observed that Siddhattha possessed the ‘thirty-two marks peculiar to a Great Man’ (L 441) and they predicted that he would become an important world ﬁgure, either a just ruler or an enlightened spiritual leader.
A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha by Bhikkhu Bodhi