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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."



Penetrating Body-Mind Delusion Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Much wisdom may come from discerning and correcting our own mistakes and mental misapprehensions, but the only way to understand the continuum of the mind is to follow its intentions and movements and thought-processes, through close, continued, concentrated-observation and analysis of the way the mind actually works, through vipassana meditation. Knowledge from books doesn't help us much in watching what is going on in our own minds. Good guidance from competent teachers of the Dhamma, however, can help set us and guide us on the right path of mental- development in our own practice.

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Nyanaponika's Indebtedness to Mahasi Sayadaw Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Nyanaponika Maha Thera had a deep respect for Mahasi Sayadaw, (the highly-celebrated scholar-monk and teacher who was his close contemporary), and was more directly influenced by the Burmese Meditation Master's method of practice than most people might realize.

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Sankhara Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

A lot of meditators and practitioners have a problem understanding the term ‘ sankhara ,' especially when it is translated from the original Pali as ‘formations' or ‘volitional formations.'

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Insight Generates Mind Power Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Insight meditation generates healing power, and while this sounds somewhat mysterious, the explanation is simple. A person who can control his mind through refining the practice of sila (morality) and sati (mindfulness) will not be as stressed in performing his daily tasks, and, so, will be more positively balanced, and, therefore, more effective in his efforts, on both mental and practical levels.

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This Generation is All in a Tangle: A Collection of Essays Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

The Buddha gave us a formula or prescription to follow to help free us from the ills of this generation, which applies equally, as well, to all men who suffer from mental affliction in any generation. This book analyses the problem of Wrong Understanding and, then, outlines the steps of the process one may take on the path to liberation and purity, based upon extensive references and quotations from a spectrum of Sri Lankan BPS monastics and scholars who were contemporaries of Nyanaponika Maha Thera.

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