Swallowing the River Ganges: A Practice Guide to the Path of Purification

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An invaluable roadmap for anyone who meditates, Swallowing the River Ganges is a comprehensive practice guide to the "great treatise" of Theravadan Buddhism, the "path of purification" (Visuddhimagga). Written in the fifth century, this encyclopedic manual of Buddhist doctrine and meditation organizes the various teachings of the Buddha into one clear path. Step by step, this meditation course guides readers through the seven stages of purification, explaining the teachings and...
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Overview


An invaluable roadmap for anyone who meditates, Swallowing the River Ganges is a comprehensive practice guide to the "great treatise" of Theravadan Buddhism, the "path of purification" (Visuddhimagga). Written in the fifth century, this encyclopedic manual of Buddhist doctrine and meditation organizes the various teachings of the Buddha into one clear path. Step by step, this meditation course guides readers through the seven stages of purification, explaining the teachings and putting them into a modern context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861711789
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xvii
The Path of Purification 1
The Unfolding of Awareness 3
The Seven Stages of Purification 4
The Framework Provided by the Four Noble Truths 7
Purification of Virtue 11
Observing the Precepts 14
Engaging in Right Forms of Livelihood 22
Cultivating a Wise Attitude Toward Material Goods 24
Guarding the Sense Doors 26
Purification of Mind 31
Levels of Concentration 34
Practicing Mindfulness of Breathing for Concentration 35
The Mental Factors Associated with the First Jhana 46
Purification of View 51
Principles of Insight Meditation 54
The Assurance of Attainment 59
Practicing Mindfulness of Breathing for Insight 60
Working with the Five Hindrances 64
Knowledge of Delimitation of Mind and Matter 69
Purification by Overcoming Doubt 71
Mindfulness of the Body 73
Mindfulness of Feelings 87
Knowledge of Conditionality 93
Purification by Knowledge and Vision of What Is the Path and What Is Not the Path 95
Mindfulness of Consciousness 99
Mindfulness of Dhammas 103
Knowledge by Comprehension 134
The Initial Phase of the Knowledge of Arising and Passing Away 135
The Ten Corruptions of Insight 135
Purification by Knowledge and Vision of the Way 139
Remaining Present with Choiceless Awareness 142
The Mature Phase of the Knowledge of Arising and Passing Away 143
The Knowledge of Dissolution 145
The Knowledge of the Fearful 145
The Knowledge of Contemplation of Danger 146
The Knowledge of Disenchantment 147
The Desire for Deliverance 148
The Knowledge of Re-observation 149
The Knowledge of Equanimity Toward Formations 150
The Knowledge of Conformity with Truth 151
Purification by Knowledge and Vision 155
The Insight Leading to Emergence 157
The Change of Lineage 158
The Path Knowledges 159
The Fruition Knowledges 164
The Knowledge of Reviewing 164
Reaching the Higher Paths and Fruition Attainments 165
Living an Enlightened Life 167
Bibliography 171
Index 173
About the Author 181
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