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Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

This book was compiled with five persons in mind:

The first, Wichat Burannaprasertsook, was doing his doctorate in linguistics at Chulalongkorn University and planning to ordain as a monk as soon as possible thereafter.

The second and third were senior teaching monks at Wat Thamyaiprick: Pra Zaeo and Pra Wichai, who would visit my kuti every evening for discursive talk on the Dhamma.

Pra Zaeo shared with me an interest in texts from the Pali Canon. Pra Wichai was not as interested in texts as he was in the practical applications of vipassana meditation.

 

The fourth was my long-time colleague and excellent companion in the Dhamma, Ajarn Banjob Bannaruji, a Pali scholar in the Faculty of Arts at Chula, who shared with me an interest in making Pali sources, available in English, to a wider world audience.

The fifth and last, but certainly not least, was Ajarn Preecha Changkhwanyuen of the Philosophy Department in the Faculty of Arts at Chula, with whom I had worked for many years, in his capacity as an editor of Chulalongkorn University Press, and with whom I had had a discussion many years before about phenomenology that had always remained in my mind.

The quotations are based on the Pali Canon, the commentaries thereon, and Theravada Tradition, as it is followed by Sri Lankan, Burmese and Thai teachers and practitioners. There is only one Dhamma which knows no boundaries of lands or languages.

In evening Dhamma discussions, usually

  • One person in the group would
  • Open the book, randomly, at any page
  • Put a finger blindly on a line, and
  • Following the finger with the eye
  • Read the saying aloud
  • Stopping, as appropriate and
  • Clarifying and discussing vocabulary and
  • Explaining textual meaning(s)
  • Using speech discursively to
  • Explain and explicate the original intent
  • Of the intended meaning of the chosen text.

This book is not intended to be read from the top-to-the-bottom of the page or from the front-to-the-back-cover, but rather in random sequence, focusing on single sayings, one-at-a-time.

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