Manual of Excellent Man

Manual of Excellent Man

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In this book the great Burmese philosopher-monk, Ledi Sayadaw, covers the paramis practised by a Bodhisatta, the five aggregates, the Four Noble Truths, dependent origination, and Nibbana. An inspiring and intellectually astute work, geared to the practice of insight meditation. It was written in response to a letter from a lay follower posing ten questions on important points of Buddhist teaching. The work begins with an explanation of the Theravada conception of the Bodhisatta, the aspirant to supreme Buddhahood, and of the ten perfections a Bodhisatta must fulfil to reach Perfect Enlightenment. The author then launches out into a detailed exploration of the a€œfive aggregatesa€ that make up human existence. He also gives coverage to the Four Noble Truths, dependent origination, the five kinds of Maras, and the nature of Nibbana. Again and again, the Sayadaw impresses on his readers the need to take up the practice of the Dhamma in full earnestness, not remaining content with mere deeds of merit but striving along the path of insight meditation that leads to realization of the goal.This period of immense duration is called one intermediate world cycle (antara kappa). A period of sixty-four antara kappas is called one incalculable period ( asaA²kheyya kappa). A period of four asaA²kheyyas is called one mahAikappa. a€œBy theanbsp;...

Title:Manual of Excellent Man
Author:Ledi Sayadaw
Publisher:Buddhist Publication Society - 2007-11-01


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