A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha by Bhikkhu Bodhi

By Bhikkhu Bodhi

This contemporary translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Manual of Abhidhamma) deals an advent to Buddhism's basic philosophical psychology. initially written within the eleventh or twelfth century, the Sangaha has served because the key to knowledge held within the Abhidhamma. Concisely surveyed are Abhidhamma's vital topics, together with states of awareness and psychological components, the capabilities and procedures of the brain, the cloth global, based bobbing up, and the equipment and phases of meditation. This provides an actual translation of the Sangaha along the unique Pali textual content. a close, explanatory consultant with greater than forty charts and tables lead readers in the course of the complexities of Adhidhamma.

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Three years after Sangay Gyatso became the Desi, the Dalai Lama passed away in 1682 at the age of 68 years. And Desi Sangay Gyatso, the man who shared the full confidence of the Dalai Lama, was to begin his extraordinary and sometimes bizarre odyssey on the stage ofTibetan history. 2 Tsanyang Gyatso: The Unique Dalai Lama ( 1683- 1706) “White Crane! Lend me your wings I will not fly far From Lithang, I shall return,” wrote a desolate and lonely Tsanyang Gyatso, the Sixth Dalai S oLama, to a girlfriend of his in Shol town in 1706, when he was forcibly being taken away to China by the Mongol and Manchu soldiers of Qosot Lhazang Khang—away from his people and the Potala Palace.

With reinforcement from Boatin Kungteji, Gushri Khan took the Chogthu tribes by surprise between two hills and the latter lost the war at the last battle of the bloody hill (Olago). The Chogthu leader was killed by Gushri Khans brother and the surviving soldiers surrendered. When the Chogthu Mongols left at Tengri Nor lake by Arsalang heard what tragedy had befallen their tribe in Kokonor, they decided to setde down at Tenfri Nor itself, realising the futility of joining forces with the Desi Tsangpa or returning to Kokonor to fight the Qosot Gushri Khan.

Due to the scandalous nature of this relationship, the third Desi resigned in 1675 and left Lhasa for his estates in Zangri. The Dalai Lama then asked Sangay Gyatso (1653-1705), a very young monk, to be the fourth Desi, but he declined the offer on the grounds of his youth and inexperience. Therefore his uncle Lozang Jinpa was appointed the Desi until 1679, when the 27-year-old Sangay Gyatso came of age. Though most of the persons appointed Desi after Sonam Chophel would pass away insignificantly in the history of Tibet, Desi Sangay Gyatso was destined to leave his mark on the country and its history.

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