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The Vision of Dhamma: Buddhist Writings [Paperback]

Venerable Nyanaponika A. Thera , Thera Nyanaponika , Bhikkhu Bodhi
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rider & Co (13 Nov 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712695370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712695374
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written by a Westerner whose life experience was as a Buddhist monastic, this collection of essays conveys a friendly spirit, in the manner of a wise and practical teacher. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddha would be proud of it 21 Jun 2007
Four years ago I knew nothing about Buddhism. Going on a holiday to Sri Lanka seemed like the perfect opporunity to at least get some insight. I realised I was more than lucky when I met Ven. Bikkhu Sumedha, an old Buddhist monk who spent more than 30 years living in a cave near Kandy. His wisdom, clarity of mind and optimism until the very end of his life are the memories which will always stay with me. He said that if you never pick up another book about Buddhism, The Vision of Dhamma will do. I ran to the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy and got the last copy. The consequent year I went back with intention to buy as many copies as I can carry, to give them to my friends and anyone wanting to learn about Buddhism, but it was out of print. I can not describe how happy I was to see it newly published, here on Amazon. No matter how little or how much do you know about Buddhism, this book will be a constant source of Dhamma, encouragement and support. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Vision of Dhamma - By Nyanaponika Thera 1 Dec 2010
Like his fellow countrymen (such as Richard Wilhelm and Werner Eichhorn), the Venerable Nyanaponika Mahathera (1901-1994), is typical of German intellectuals who, through their reliable and open-hearted understanding of the East, brought that understanding firstly into the German language, and then beyond. It is interesting to note, that this Buddhist monk's birth name was 'Siegmund Feniger', and he was the son of Jewish Germans. Nevetheless, as he was in Sri Lanka living as a Buddhist monk in 1939, he was officially a German citizen living on British soil, as a consequence, he was placed in prison in Sri Lanka, and then north India for the duration of WWII.

This book is based upon Nyanaponika's many years of secluded study and meditation upon the Dhamma teachings, and his extensive notes written in German. He uses the Pali Suttapitaka, that is the early collection of Buddhist teachings given by the historical Lord Buddha Himself (c. 500BC). The viewpoint he adopts and adheres to throughout, is that of the Theravada school prominent on the island of Sri Lanka, with a presence well over a thousand years old. It is a clear and pure presentation of the early Buddhist teachings in English. It is a superb compendium of Buddhist teachings contained within a single book. The teachings themselves are logically presented, so that a Buddhist student, or spiritual seeker of any kind will benefit from its reading.

The paperback (1986) edition contains 267 pages. There is a Foreward by Erich Fromm and an Introduction by Bhikkhu Bodhi. The book is separated into 8 sections and contains a glossary, etc. The sections are entitled:

!) The Worn-Out Skin.
2) The Power of Mindfulness.
3) The Roots of Good and Evil.
4) The Four Nutrients of Life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A scholar/monk/meditator goes deep 3 July 2001
By Ben Turner - Published on Amazon.com
I like this book because it is not a simple feel-good book on Buddhism (there are plenty of those around (not to knock the genre)) but rather an exploration of some of the deeper aspects of the teachings of the Buddha. The author uses lots of passages from the original writings and then disects their meaning in clear language. There are also some essays on comtempory issues such as "the God idea", devotion, and karma and how it works--evidently karma IS modifiable-I still have a chance!
I trust the author's authenticity and authority--he was a scholar, a monk for 55 years and a committed and long time meditator--what a combination for producing a clear "Vision of Dhamma"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point 15 May 2002
By Kevin Wictor - Published on Amazon.com
One of the most direct books on the Dhamma. No retorical ramblings, cuts straight to the point and offers practical advice in a guided manner on how to overcome suffering (from someone I am sure who has overcome it).
A must for all Buddhists!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Jun 2012
By Swami - Published on Amazon.com
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A highly recommended book for anyone interested in the science of mind. Nyanaponika Tera was one of the greatest authorities on Theravada Buddhism. In fact I come from the Hindu tradition and I find Nyananponika's works of incredible value written with great clarity. Truly an amazing teacher and monk he was.
Swami Sadasivananda
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Vision of Dhamma 14 Nov 2012
By Tak - Published on Amazon.com
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The Buddhist's doctrine related to the theory and practice of life are based on "dependent arising". The principles of non-self (Anattā) and the dependent origination (Paṭicca-samuppāda) of all phenomena of existence are the mutually reinforcing institutions which lie at the heart of the Buddha's enlightenment. Through Venenrable Nyanaponike Thera's teaching, we are able to examine the Buddhist theory of relativity.
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Read For Western Buddhists 21 Jan 2014
By MovieMaker - Published on Amazon.com
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I've reached the end of this book 3 times and immediately turn right back to page one. If you're walking the Noble Eightfold Path, this is an invaluable guide.
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