by Sayalay Susãlā
Size: 5.5” x 8.25#8221
Pages: 277 pages
How true is it? Only when we understand how the mind works, will we be truly convinced. Mind is something so close to us, and yet so far from our understanding. Mind is the culprit behind all of our unwholesome bodily actions and speech, and it is also the director of our good behaviour that soothes everyone’s heart.
The study of Abhidhamma helps us to understand how the mind works, which is the essential factor for us to lead a happy and blameless life. In Abhidhamma, the ultimate reality of mind-and-matter, which makes up this so-called being, is minutely defined into the process of its momentary arising and passing away, dependent on causes and conditions. Thus, the study of Abhidhamma also helps to shed the illusion of ‘I’ or of a permanent self. Most of the problems in life spring from the ignorance and craving of ‘I’ or the self-centredness of ‘I’. However, when one understands that there is no ‘I’ in the ultimate sense, through practical meditation experience based on Abhidhamma, one will be able to let go of the intense clinging to it.
“In this book, the author compiles information from the Pāli texts to help the reader understand these five aggregates which are equivalent to consciousness, mental factors and matter, and thus lay a foundation for a basic understanding of Abhidhamma. The Abhidhamma’s, function, on the other hand, is to provide a unified and detailed picture, or “map,” of the five aggregates from the perspective of ultimate mentality and ultimate materiality. Without such a map to guide one’s progress, one may easily fall prey to the numerous pitfalls of wrong view and never arrive at a correct understanding of The First Noble Truth....”
- Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw, Foreword
“The book is derived from a series of talks on Abhidhamma which were presented on my trips to Canada and America in 2002. As the audience found these talks immensely useful and relevant to their daily lives, I feel it is vital to preserve the precious teachings (dhamma) handed down from the Buddha’s omniscient wisdom, to be available to all. Hence the idea of putting these talks into a book came to me.”
- Sayalay Sayalay Susila
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SAYALAY SUSILA has been a Theravada nun for the last 15 years, currently with the lineage of the well-renowned Venerable Pa Auk Tawya Sayadaw, Myanmar. She was born in 1963, in the state of Pahang, Malaysia and was ordained in 1991 as a nun at the age of 28, at the Malaysian Buddhist Meditation Centre in Penang, (MBMC) Malaysia.
Sayalay Susila is one of the leading disciples of Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw, who is responsible for the propagation and dissemination of the dhamma to foreign countries.
Her command of Abhidhamma knowledge and linguistic skills are an asset to Pa-Auk Meditation Centre. Since 1997 she became the interpreter for Chinese speaking Mahayana Sangha and yogis. From 1998 – 2001, she accompanied and interpreted for Pa-Auk Sayadaw at meditation retreats held in Taiwan.
It is from the year 2000, with the encouragement of her teacher, Pa-Auk Sayadaw, Sayalay Susila began to teach the profound Abhidhamma in Taiwan, Malaysia (Penang) and Singapore. She began to conduct a 10-day Abhidhamma course, 2002, in Toronto, followed by a series of dhamma talks on meditation, in the various states of Canada and the USA. Sayalay’s dhamma talks were given at renowned Buddhist centres such as Bhavana Society Monastery (West Virginia); Spirit Rock (California); and Barre Buddhist Studies Centre (Massachusetts).
With Pa-Auk Sayadaw’s blessings and support, this dhamma book, on a very complex and deep dhamma, “Unravelling the Mysteries of Mind and Body through Abhidhamma”is finally published. Through Sayalay Susila’s compassion and love of dhamma, she had generously shared the contents of this publication with meditation practitioners in Sydney, Australia, via a series of dhamma talks.