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This book is a good introduction to understanding the parts, structure, and meanings of the Tipiṭaka. Tipiṭaka is the Pāli word meaning “Three Baskets” used to describe the body of discourses and teachings (in three categories) credited to Siddhartha Gotama, or the historical Buddha. It is also called the Pāli Canon.
Manual of Vipassana Meditation is a collection of lectures by Mr. U Ko Lay, student of Sayagyi U Ba Khin and a former Vice Chancellor of Mandalay University. These lectures, which have been much expanded and annotated, were given to the first year students at the International Buddhist Missionary University where U Ko Lay had acted as the Head of Department of Vipassana Meditation in the Faculty of Patipatti.
In a Vipassana course, the participants learn how to free the mind of the tensions and prejudices that disturb the flow of daily life. By doing so, one begins to discover how to live each moment peacefully, productively and happily. At the same time, one starts progressing towards the highest goal to which mankind can aspire: purity of mind, freedom from all suffering, full enlightenment.
S.N. Goenka, Principal Teacher of Vipassana meditation, faced some initial hesitation before joining his first Vipassana course due to indoctrination against the Buddha’s teachings during his childhood. After his first course in 1955, numerous misconceptions that he had about the Buddha’s teaching were dispelled, and he was inspired to study the original words of the Buddha in the Pāli language.
Dhamma Treasures is a series of books containing primarily Goenkaji’s articles/discourses on various aspects of Vipassana coupled with questions & answers and inspirational examples of senior meditators. “Living a Life of Dhamma” is a first book in this series guiding students on how to apply Vipassana in daily life. Mr. S. N. Goenka has always emphasised that just attending a Vipassana course is not enough. Vipassana is an art of living and students need to apply Vipassana in day to day life to live at peace with ourselves, and at peace with others. His own life was an example of how to live a life of Dhamma. He has delivered various discourses on how to use Vipassana while facing vicissitudes of life with equanimity. Along with discourses, many students have requested his guidance on this matter. This book contains all these discourse and questions & answers to help students firmly walk on the path of Dhamma.
Ce livre contient une collection d’articles publiés dans les newsletters mensuelles de VRI. Ces articles, principalement écrits par S.N. Goenka, énumèrent différents aspects de la méditation Vipassana et de son utilisation pour mener une vie heureuse et paisible.
The purpose of this book is to give a brief introduction about Vipassana meditation, quintessence of the Buddha’s teaching. It also contains information on life of the Buddha, stories of the people who benefitted from the practice of Vipassana meditation, six historical Councils, chain of teachers after the Buddha and spread of Vipassana through pictorial presentation. This information is embedded in the beautiful high quality pictures from the gallery at the Global Vipassana Pagoda.