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Dhamma – Anusilana

Investigating the Buddhist Traditions by: Ujjwal Kumar , Bimalendra Kumar

This book is an anthology of seventeen cerebral articles from well-known Buddhist scholars associated with major universities across the globe deliberating many a topic associated with Buddhist religion and its philosophies as part of our constant striving to understand the fundamental nature of what the Buddha wanted us to realize.



ISBN: 9788124611166
Year Of Publication: 2022
Edition: 1st
Pages : xx, 452
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 770


There have been serious attempts to understand the Buddha and his teachings since the inception of Buddhism some 2,600 years ago. All through the history of Buddhism, scholars were constantly striving to understand the fundamental nature of what the Buddha wanted us to realize. This book is an anthology of seventeen cerebral articles from well-known Buddhist scholars associated with major universities across the globe. In four parts – Meditation; Personality and Position; Dharmakirti and Persons; and Principles, History and Grammar – it highlights some pertinent topics associated with Buddhism and its legacy.
Part I discusses the diverse dimensions of meditation, dedicating itself to the kiriya (action) aspects of Buddhism. Part II is an attempt to delineate and study the major branches of Buddhism. Part III deliberates on the contributions of Dharmakirti and Rahula Sankrtyayana to the Buddhist philosophy along with the concept manusa-panatipata and how the revelation of reality of human experience by analysis helps a person to achieve wisdom in the light of Majjhima Nikaya Anathapindikovadasutta. Part IV has papers on different philosophical and applied concepts of Buddhism.
This volume thus should benefit one in understanding many an aspect of Buddhism vis-à-vis its enormous corpus of literature and teachings. It should highly benefit the students of Buddhism and for those who are keen to fathom deep into the myriad topics of Buddhist philosophy and teachings.




Part I: Meditation

1. G.A. Somaratne

Can One Become an Arahat without Practising Meditation?: A Study of the Wisdom-Liberated (Panna-Vimutta) in Early Buddhism


Meditation Practice

Wisdom-liberated and Other Arahats


2. Mahesh A. Deokar

Complementarity of Method and Wisdom

What Is a Path?: How Is It Complementary to the Goal and the Wisdom?

A Path Is Not Right, if It Has no Clear Goal, or if It Does not Lead to a Desirable Goal

Know What Is Right and Useful; Forget What Is Wrong and Useless

Buddha’s Wisdom: The Four Noble Truths, and Plurality of Path – Multiple Paths, but Singular Goal

Two Causes of Suffering: Unwise Emotions and Erroneous Cognition

Different Medicines for Different Diseases, Different Doses for Different Intensity, Different Treatment for Different Patients

Threefold Training

Fivefold Investigation

Sevenfold Purity

States Pertaining to Enlightenment

Personality, Capacity and Attitude: Three Key Factors for Complementarity

Who Decides the Complementarity?: A Teacher, Scripture or Anything Else?

3. Hari Shankar Prasad

The Problematic Mind, Meditation and the Deep Structure of Consciousness: A Buddhist Perspective                                               

The Basics of the Buddha’s Life and Teaching

Key Pali Terms

The Buddhist Conceptual Framework

Buddhist Cosmology

Psycho-Corporeal Interactive Relationship

Citta, Manas and Vinnana

Nama and Its Four Constituents

Twelve-link Formula of Man’s Consciousness Journey

Bhavaṅga-citta: Deep Structure of Consciousness

Meditation: The Dynamics of Liberation

4. Tashi Tsering: The Practice of Meditation in a Nutshell

The Preliminary Practices for Meditation as the Sevenfold Posture of Vairocana

Meaning of the Word Meditation


Analytical Meditation

Stabilized Meditation

Training on Calm Abiding

Non-Moving The Object

Non-Moving Body

Non-Moving Eyelash

Non-Distracting the Mind on Others

The Object of Calm Abiding: Internal and External

Faults and Antidotes of Calm Abiding

Training on Insight

Proving All Appearances Are Our Mind

Proving Mind Is An Illusion

Proving an Illusion Is Natureless/Lacking Inherent Nature

Temporal Antidote (to Overcome Defilements)

Manner of Emergence of Defilement

Methods of Overcoming Defilements

Temporal Methods

Method of Reducing Suffering of Having Less Wealth

Permanent Antidote (to Overcome Defilements):  Ultimate Methods

Manner of Meditating on the Emptiness View

Inseparability/Unification of Appearance and Emptiness

Inseparability/Unification of Hearing and Emptiness

Inseparability/Unification of Clarity/Luminosity and Emptiness

Inseparability/Unification of two truths

Inseparability/Unification of Cyclic Existence and Liberation

Meditation on Deity

Choosing Deity

Preliminary Stage

Actual Stage

Conclusion Stage

Part II: Personality and Positions

5. I. Indasara: Brief Explanation of Buddhist Concept of Personality                                                              

Classification of Personality in Buddhist Teaching

6. Wangchuk Dorjee Negi Buddhism: Science of Mind



7. Dipen Barua: The Conceptual Analysis of Pasa (Bondage) in Vedic and Buddhist Thoughts                                    


The Concept of Pasa in Vedic Thought

The Concept of Pasa in Buddhist Thought

Doctrinal Proximity of Pasa and Samyojana in Samyutta Nikaya


8. Hari Shankar Prasad: Sailing against the Current: The Buddha, Buddhism and Methodology                                     

Background to Buddhism: Dominance of Substantialist Philosophies

The Task of Philosophy

Section 1: Academic and Non-academic Perspectives on the Study of Buddhism in Contemporary India

How Modern Indian Academicians Perceive Buddhist Philosophy

Dependence on Western and Japanese Scholarship

Section 2: European Colonization of Indian Mind and Culture: The Enemy of Indigenous Indian Studies

Europe and India: Mutual Exposures

Colonization: A Poisonous Gift for India

Europe’s Intellectual and Cultural Movement: An Impact on India

European Encounters with India

Colonial Attitude and Aims to Kill India’s Self, Subjectivity and Spirituality: A Summary

Modernity/Postmodernity as the Destroyer of the Indian Traditional Values

Section 3: The Buddha’s Sailing against the Current Belief System (Paṭisotagami)

The Buddha’s Radical Paradigm Shift

Who Is the Buddha?

Pratītyasamutpada: The Buddha’s Concept of Truth

Therapeutic Paradigm of the Buddha

The Buddha’s Paradox: Whether to Teach or Not to Teach

Section 4: The Buddhist Methodology

Buddhist Canons and Philology

Buddhist Hermeneutic Principles

Methodical Integration of Discourses and Discipline

The Buddha’s Methodical Silence

Miscellaneous Methods Used by the Buddhists

The General Conceptual Framework of Buddhism

The Impersonal Nature of Man

Method of Mereological Reductionism

Two-truths Method

The Madhyamika Methodology

The Method of Tetralemma: Transcending the Limits of language

The Prasanga Method of Candrakirti

Vasubandhu’s Hermeneutic and Synthetic Methods

The Phenomenological Method of  Yogacara–Vijnanavada

9. Sanjib K. Das: Subtle-Increasers (Anusaya), the Root of Existence: 209 An Abhidharmakosakarika View                               




Five Views and Five Non-views

Part III: Dharmakirti and Persons

10. Sachchidanand Mishra Dharmakirti on Determinate Perception

11. Madhumita Chattopadhyay Contribution of Sankrtyayana to the Study of Pramanavarttika

12. Abhinav Anand and Ajit Kumar Behura Induced Abortion as Panatipata:  Revisiting Buddhist Position on the Right to Life of an Unborn


Pali Texts and the Origin of the Human Being Life

Recorded Cases of Abortion in the Pali Texts

Ethical Precepts Injunction against Taking a Human Life (Manusam-Viggaham)

There Is No Necessary Qualitative Difference

Panatipata Veramaṇi: Injunction against Intentional Killing

Brings Bad Rebirths and Unfavourable Consequences

Destroying a Developing Foetus Interrupts the Journey Toward the Nibbana


13. Wadinagala Pannaloka

Analysis, Wisdom and Healthy Life: An Investigation into the Value of Analysis in Anathapindikovadasutta


Nature of Human Experience



Wisdom as Practice

Analytical Wisdom in the Anathapindikovadasutta

Internal Senses




Sense Feeling

Six Elements and Five Aggregates

Four Immaterial Realms

Existence Here and Beyond

The Range of Percepts


Part IV: Principles, History and Grammar

14. Dilip Kumar Mohanta: Buddhism and the Principles of Good Governance

15. K.T.S. Sarao: The Buddha’s Reluctance to Visit the Gaya Dhammakhetta and Advent of Buddhism in this Region

16. Anand Singh: Elephants in the Maurya Age Sacred Symbolism and Imperial Tradition                                                

Sacred Symbolism

Imperial Tradition

17. A. Ruiz-Falques: The Sword and the Sheath: Three Notes on Kaccayana 1: Attho Akkharasannato                        


The Status of Kaccayana 1 in the Pali Tradition

The Formulation of Kaccāyana 1 and Its Parallels

Kaccayana 1 and Legends of Grammatical Revelation

Concluding Remarks

Subject Index

Name Index  

Title Index  

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