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Buddhist Essays and Articles

"This section was originally intended to provide model essays for detail and structure but soon came to include essays and articles for publication and Dhamma talks and documents for Buddhist Education, some of which show how to use Internet-links to gather information together on  certain topics."



Thoughts on the Problem of Self and Conventional Language Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

If we may be allowed some comments, based upon our own individual observations, once we take an experience to be “I,” we build upon this latent and inherent tendency and make the mistake of assuming a personal entity [rather than a mere agglomeration or aggregate of phenomenal experiences], and we make the mistake of building up an image of “I” and “self” (and eventually maybe even an idea of an on-going-soul-entity) and thereby create the delusion of a duality between conceiving what is going on outside externally and what is going on within experience on the inside, ? conceiving them [falsely] to be two different and extant realms of existence.

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A Gradual Awakening Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

This book was written, compiled and edited at the request of the World Buddhist University , which is a part of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, which has its world headquarters located in Bangkok , Thailand . Part of the WFB and WBU programs is to sponsor both written publications and public lectures. This present text was planned, originally, to become a series of lectures and, then, ended-up becoming a full-length book. After an opening essay on contemporary relevancy, the rest of the essays and textual material follows a gradual process of awakening much in the manner of the gradual sayings.

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Buddhist Analysis of Phenomena Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Before beginning our text, today, we shall, first, respectfully urge our readers [unless they happen to be Pali scholars] to remain open to the possibility of undergoing a total, mental ‘twist-of-mind’? a paradigm shift ?or in other words, to be prepared to see phenomena in the exact opposite way in which, we, as ‘so-called’ normal human beings, are commonly-accustomed to experiencing ‘so-called’ solid things in this ‘so-called’ world, ‘supposedly seen” around us.

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Dhammas Relative to Arising Phenomena Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Most modern-day philosophers and scientists would be reluctant to accept that the Buddha and his followers (both in the Buddhist era and in later commentaries) had explained and clarified the causal dependent arising of all conditioned phenomena, for the simple reason that the cause and effect explanations and relations outlined in the Abhidhamma wholly transcend the logical and rational limits of the methodology of modern science.

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Early Buddhist Phenomenology Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Before beginning this text, we respectfully request our reader to remain open to the possibility of undergoing an unexpected ‘mental twist-of-mind'- a paradigm shift - to the exact opposite way - in which ‘so-called' normal, human beings are accustomed to ‘seeing' so-called ‘things' in this ‘so-called' world.

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