A Manual of Excellent Man

LKR 250.00

Language: English
Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society
Category: Expositions and Studies
ISBN: 955 24-0203-6 (2007) (Paperback)
Pages: 158
Size: 145 x 220 mm

Description

A Manual of Excellent Man

By: Ledi Sayadaw

Ledi Sayadaw (1846–1923) was one of the greatest Burmese Buddhist monks of the modern era, renowned throughout the Theravada Buddhist world as a scholar, writer, and meditation master. The author of more than seventy manuals, he became the “father” of the modern insight meditation tradi�tion which spread from Myanmar outwards to the wider world. While highly learned in the Buddhist scriptures, he had the knack of writing in a lively, direct, and scintillating style, lacing his explanations of Buddhist doctrine with original and illuminating similes.

The present manual 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 “five aggregates” 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.

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Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 220 × 145 cm

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