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FUNDAMENTALS OF BUDDHISM, THE
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by SAYADAW U SILANANDA
Size: 5.5” X 8.25”
"As it is called
The Fundamentals of Buddhism
, this course is just the fundamentals. We will not go deep into the teachings. As to the fundamentals we need to know the Three Gems or Three Refuges in Buddhism.
The subjects we are going to teach in this course may be known already to many of you, but I hope there will be some subjects or some topics which you need to understand more clearly or which you need to polish your understanding of these subjects. So there may be things which are already known to you and there also may be some things which are new to you. So if there are things you already know, please be patient because hearing what you already know can fortify your understanding, (it can) make your understanding firmer and clearer.
With regard to the fundamentals of Buddhism, the first thing we should know is about the person with whom what we call Buddhism started. That person, as you all know, was the Buddha. Also we need to know something — at least in this class — something about what he taught or some of his teachings. Also we need to know who preserved the teachings of the Buddha and who brought down the teachings of the Buddha from generation to generation until the present time. These three are called the Three Gems in Buddhism — the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha.
— from Introduction by Sayadaw U Silananda
The content of the book are as follow:
• Life of The Buddha
• Four Noble Truths
• Dependent Origination
• Conditional Relations
• The Outstanding Characteristics of Buddhism
• Beings on the Spiritual Path
• The Spiritual Path
• Samatha Meditation: The Spiritual Path (Part II)
• Vipassana Meditation: The Spiritual Path (Part III)
• Enlightenment: The Goal of Spiritual Path
• Divisions of The Buddha’s Teachings and Buddhist Councils
• The Doctrine of Anatta
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Sayadaw U Silananda
was selected by the late Most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma to carry out the honourable task of spreading the Dhamma in the West, more than 30 years ago.
Today, the Venerable Sayadaw is the Abbot of Dhammananda Vihara in California and the Spiritual Director of the Theravada Buddhist Society of America, Dhammachakka Meditation Center in Berkeley, the Tathagata Meditation Center of San Jose, the Society for Advancement of Buddhism in Ft. Myers (Florida) and the Bodhi Tree Dhamma Center in Largo (Florida). In Mynmar, the Venerable is also one of three spiritual directors (Ovadacariya Sayadaws) of the Mahasi Meditation Center in Yangon.
Born to a devout Buddhist family in Mandalay on 16 December, 1927, the Venerable received his early education at Kelly High School, an American Baptist Mission School for boys. In 1943, at the age of 16, he ordained as a novice monk and began formal religious training with his preceptor and other renowned monks. Full bhikkhu ordination followed in 1947.
The Venerable holds two Dhammacariya (Master of Dhamma) degrees and has taught at the Athithokdayone Pali University. He was an External Examiner at the Department of Oriental Studies, University of Art and Sciences in Mandalay, Myanmar.
The Venerable was the Chief Compiler of the Tipitaka Pali-Burmese Dictionary and was one of the distinguished editors of the Pali Canon and associated Commentaries at the Sixth Buddhist Council held in Rangoon (Yangon) from 1954 to 1956. He is the author of seven Burmese Buddhist books and nine in English. Three of his English books had been translated into Chinese.
Well-regarded as a compassionate, knowledgeable and wise teacher, the Venerable Sayadaw teaches Vipassana meditation, Abhidhamma and other aspects of Theravadian Buddhism in English, Burmese, Pali and Sanskrit. He has led meditation retreats throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Europe.
In 1993, the Venerable was awarded the title of Agga Maha Pandita by the Burmese religious authorities and in 1999 the title of Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotikadhaja. He was also appointed as Rector of International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University of Yangon in Myanmar. More recently, in 2000, he was conferred Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt.) by Yangon University.
Venerable Sayadaw U Silananda passed away on 14 Aug 2005 at the age of 77.
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