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Textual analysis and comparative discussion on early Buddhist sects and texts.
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early meditation manuals

Postby marc108 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:48 pm

I was hoping someone would be able to point me in the direction of the earliest available meditation manuals, or just books covering the topic of meditation in early Buddhism.

Thanks :)
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Re: early meditation manuals

Postby daverupa » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:50 pm

Well, it's fairly likely that the Satipatthana Sutta was compiled with just such an intention, so that's probably in the running.

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Re: early meditation manuals

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:05 am

Greetings,

Daverupa is correct.

That said, if you would like a book that ties related suttas together with the Satipatthana Sutta, I highly recommend this…

Maha Satipatthana Sutta - The Supreme Bliss Of Nibbana – by Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thera
http://www.buddhistcc.net/bookshop/book ... sp?bid=802

As a book itself, it's not ancient, but it relies nearly exclusively on suttas (which are!)

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Re: early meditation manuals

Postby bodom » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:21 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Re: early meditation manuals

Postby marc108 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:19 am

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Re: early meditation manuals

Postby Ben » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:38 am

Greetings marc,
The one "early" meditation manual that I return to from time to time is the .

All the best,

Ben
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Re: early meditation manuals

Postby Nyana » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:35 am

"Early Buddhism" generally refers to the pre-sectarian and early sectarian periods of Buddhism, i.e. the first few hundred years after the Buddha's parinibbāna. Long before the composition of the Vimuttimagga and the Visuddhimagga.

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Re: early meditation manuals

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:13 am

Greetings,

Excellent point, Dmytro... the "practice" is the following of the Noble Eightfold Path and the Noble Eightfold Path is explained well in the suttas.

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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Postby Ben » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:48 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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