[ Pdf The Magic of the Mind: An Exposition of the Kalakarama Sutta ☆ ecclesiology PDF ] by Bhikkhu Katukurunde Nyanananda à Book By Nanananda, BhikkhuFrom The Inside Cover This Book Presents An Exposition Of The K Lak Rama Sutta A Canonical Discourse With A Hallowed Tradition Which Has Fallen Into Neglect At Present The Terse Discourse Of The Buddha Is Given In An Annotated Translation Prologued By A Humorously Conceived Parable Of A Magic Show A Detailed And Penetrative Exposition Of The Discourse Draws Out The Psychological And Philosophical Implications Of The Text As The Title Indicates, The Main Theme Is The Illusory Nature Of Consciousness The Exposition Centers On A Discussion Of The Law Of Dependent Arising Paticca Samupp Da As A Golden Mean Which Freely Transcends The Dualities Of Existence And Non Existence And Mind And Matter As In The Author S Earlier Work, Concept And Reality In Early Buddhist Thought , Here Too The Nature Of Concepts Forms An Important Subject Observations On The Relation Between Word And Meaning Are Likely To Be Of Relevance To Linguistics And Semantic Philosophy An Attempt Is Also Made To Reconcile The Negative And Positive Definitions Of Nibb Na The Summum Bonum Which Holds The Prospect Of Inward Peace Through The Stilling Of All Mental Formations This was a good book If you decide to read it I d make two recommendations.
1 Familiarize yourself with the Pali canon s twelve causes.
2 If you find the middle chapters overly dry then go ahead and skip to the final chapter The middle chapters tie the Magic of the Mind story to his conclusion and ground his argument in Buddhist thought I don t think they re necessary to understand the meaning of this book.
I bought this after the reviews on , and did not regret it This is a very short and lucid in many ways, brilliant exposition of the Buddha s teaching.
The K lak r ma Sutta is a short sutta, and this commentary on it is also a slim volume, but the profoundness contained within both the sutta and the commentary cannot be over stated The sutta itself is about the consciousness and cognition of the Tath gata an epithet that the Buddha most often used to refer to himself in relation to sensed phenomena, and why this cognition of the Tath gatha renders him enlightened and liberated, as The One Thus Gone The author s commentary showing a wonderful mastery of the Buddha dhamma presents the brief sutta in the detailed light of the various doctrinal schema to do with the khandha aggregates , the yatana sense spheres , the dh tu elements and pa icca samupp da dependent origination In so doing, the author brings all these doctrinal schema in relation with each other to practically elucidate how the mind of the Tath gata works, showing us in effect how we must re s train our senses and cognition if we wish to get to that most supreme state.
I found the author s use of many different passages drawn from the sutta pitaka illuminating, even the footnotes illuminated as they cleared up many instances of confusion in the commentaries and translations However in some instances, I had to check up particular words in a Pali dictionary, as I found the author s translation of the words rather opaque For example, he translated the word pa igha as resistance , which I found really hard to comprehend The dictionary defines pa igha as sense reaction , and the meaning then becomes clear Other than a few hard to grasp translations and passages like this, this book clarified a great many things for me related to the most profound and hardest to grasp aspects of the Buddha s teaching, path and realization I found the last chapter on non manifestive consciousness especially enlightening it makes a exact understanding of Nibb na and cessation possible for those of us who, not being Arahants, have no direct experience of what Nibb na is In my estimation, this chapter alone is worth 100 thousand stars.
I marvel at the skill of this exposition In fact, the way of exegesis employed by the author that elucidates terse utterances of the Buddha by linking them up to the larger doctrinal schema can be traced right back to the elder Mah Kacc na, who was named by the Buddha himself as the Master of Doctrinal Exposition and whose exegetical method has directly or indirectly been preserved and handed down in the Pe akopadesa and the Nettippakara a What rare good fortune to come across a Master of Doctrinal Exposition in our very own day and age It is indeed wonderful to see the dhamma so well propounded I deem this a singularly important read For all those who wish to grasp, emulate and attain the enlightened minds of the Ones Thus Gone, Bhikkhu ananda has shone clear light upon the way.