Abhidhamma in Daily Life is an exposition of absolute realities in detail. Many terms in Pali the language of early Buddhism are used and are defined as they are introduced. The book is therefore suitable for beginners as well as practicing Buddhists. It is detailed and precise and an invaluable aid to unlocking the deep meaning of the entire Buddhist canon and applying the theory to our daily lives for the benefit of ourselves and others. Short Description Abhidhamma in Daily Life is an exposition of absolute realities in detail.
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This is the presentation for the video 'Why Abhidamma in Daily Life'. Video available at the link below:. Loop Audio Interval: 5s 10s 15s 20s 60s Play. The book is authored by Nina van Gorkom. I saw this quote on the next slide on Goodreads reviewing 'Abhidhamma in Daily Life' and would like to explain why Abhidhamma in Daily Life is so important and some advice as to how to study it? This video follows on from my other video 'Why Abhidhamma'.
I have transcribed some points from this. Download Go Live New! Why Abhidhamma in Daily Life? Published on Oct 03, View Outline. Why 'Abhidhamma in Daily Life'? Alan Weller. It's all very interesting and wise, but totally inaccessible ; I could not get through. I will address the following questions in this presentation: Why did I publish it? What is Abhidhamma? Why study Abhidhamma? Why use Pali terms? How can we study Abhidhamma? Is Abhidhamma a part of the original scriptures? Eight reasons for Abhidhamma in Daily Life: 1.
The object of mindfulness has to be known. By getting to know the Pali terms we are getting to know realities. English translations of the terms are different and not always correct. It helps to understand the deep meaning of anatta not-self. Encourages the right application of the Buddhist teachings. Access more of the teachings through recordings and discussions with other nationalities.
It simplifies the original texts. Questions Why did I publish it? How does ADL help us with Abhidhamma? Photo by Mark Hessling. Why Publish? My background is in physics. I graduated with a physics degree and worked as a Senior Physics lecturer at a university for several years. I was given a free version of Abhidhamma in Daily Life by a friend. I began to realise in the first few pages that there was another way of developing an understanding of the world.
A different way of studying. This could be developed by understanding the difference between a concept and reality. I also understand the potential benefit of this understanding. Buddhism is a type of physics. Physics means 'knowledge of nature' from the Greek.
Not all science is physics. Not all physics is physics! I did not see any better book available so decided to publish it myself.
It is also available free online via my support website. Photo by Duangphorn Wiriya. Seeing is Abhidhamma, hearing is Abhidhamma, sound is Abhidhamma. We use words in the Abhidhamma to point out realities, but these realities are not words. It helps us to know our life, the present moment, deeper.
Before mindfulness can be developed it is essential to know the object of mindfulness. It is essential to know the difference between concept and reality. Abhidhamma translates as 'higher reality' or sometimes it can mean subtle reality. Reality is subtle or difficult to understand.
Photo by Brooke Lark. Reading We do not see words. Seeing sees and this is followed by thinking in words. In the same way, the mind translates the different colours of what is seen into shape and form of something such as a person, as in our picture.
There are different types of thinking. Thinking of shape and form is a type of thinking. We perceive a person. However we cannot see a person. The same process occurs when we see a 'real person' What is seen is real, however person, table, car are ideas read out of reality. They are concepts the object of thinking.
This is not a theory of life, but life as it is. The reality which is seen is not understood. This is the domain of mindfulness. To study realities as they are so that they can be understood.
The engineer exploits this mechanism. This was using a virtual reality headset at the science museum. Better than the actual thing, because unlike Tim peak I could have a coffee and cookie afterwards. Whereas Tim Peak had to be carried out of his capsule by 10 people! Photo by Dennis' Photography.
What is touched? How many objects can you touch? Only three objects can be touched. Typical answers such as chair, table, basket shows the reality is hidden.
We can only touch hardness or softness, hot or cold, motion or pressure. The body is only sensitive to hardness or softness, hot or cold, motion or pressure. We experience a reality and this is immediately followed by thinking.
Table is a concept the object of thinking. If we take the word heat, this word represents a reality which can be directly experienced through the body-sense as hot or cold. We do not have to call it by any name. In science, we understand temperature as the average kinetic energy of the molecules. However, this is thinking about the temperature, not the direct experience of temperature.
Science never studies reality directly, only concepts about reality. Mindfulness studies reality directly. When there is mindfulness a reality appears clearer than before. In this way understanding of it will develop. It is essential for the development of mindfulness to know the object of mindfulness which is a reality not a concept. When you clap your hand a sound is produced. The sound does not come from anywhere, it does not go anywhere.
It arises by a condition and falls away. It only arises once in life. All realities are like this they arise by conditions and fall away immediately. They never return again. Anger, sadness, compassion, kindness, racism. All realities which arise by conditions. There is no abiding self or agent who has control over them.
They arise once and then they are gone completely never to return.
Abhidhamma in Daily Life