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Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:28 am
by retrofuturist
Greetings,

Having read his wonderful "Concept And Reality in Early Buddhist Thought" and currently being very impressed (perhaps even moreso) with his text "Magic Of The Mind", an exposition of the Kalakarama Sutta.... both published by the Buddhist Publication Society, I thought I might start this thread in the hope of starting a discussion about this contemporary author whose works I've got great respect for, even though I know so little about him.

Some Bhikkhu Ñanananda resources...

Online - http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - contains links to "Ideal Solitude: An Exposition on the Bhaddekaratta Sutta" and "Samyutta Nikaya: An Anthology (Part II)"

Physical Books - http://www.bps.lk/expositionsandstudies.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - where the two aforementioned texts can be purchased at very reasonable prices.

(more information and resources to come if/when I find more!)

Metta,
Retro. :)

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:39 am
by Ben
Hi Retro

You've piqued my interest!
I've just checked the BPS online library and they say 'Ideal Solitude' is coming soon!
I look forward to it and the discussion here.
Kind regards

Ben

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:52 am
by cooran
Hello Retro, all,

I admire Bhikkhu Nanananda. I started this thread about the prologue to Magic of the Mind elsewhere, and had forgotten to continue it until now - must find "Magic of the Mind" and get going again:

The Magic Show, An exposition of the Kalakarama Sutta
http://www.lioncity.net/buddhism/index. ... try1123633" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

metta
Chris

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:01 am
by tiltbillings

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:02 am
by tiltbillings
He has also done a short anthology for BPS of the Samyutta Nikaya. The translations are are good, but it is the footnotes that really open things up.

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:08 am
by puthujjana
Another resource: http://www.beyondthenet.net/calm/clm_main1.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:anjali:

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:35 am
by gavesako
For some reason, Ven. Nyanananda has had a number of students (monks and nuns) from Austria, but I am not sure how many of them are still there, maybe disrobed by now... Certainly his writing style is very intellectual and attracts the Western philosophically-trained mind.

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:45 am
by Moggalana
I've just stumbled upon the german version of "The Magic of the Mind".
For anyone interested: http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/savi ... eistes.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:52 pm
by Rhino
Moggalana wrote:I've just stumbled upon the german version of "The Magic of the Mind".
For anyone interested: http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/savi ... eistes.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
And much more in german from Nanananda (including the nibbana sermons) can be found here:
http://dhamma-dana.de/buecher.htm#nanananda

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:18 pm
by retrofuturist
Greetings Tilt,
tiltbillings wrote:And don't overlook this:

http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books ... rmon_8.htm
I've only just started reading Sermon 1 and am already blown away by this. Everything I've ever read from this bhikkhu is a veritable tour de force.

Metta,
Retro. :)

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:28 pm
by clw_uk
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Tilt,
tiltbillings wrote:And don't overlook this:

http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books ... rmon_8.htm
I've only just started reading Sermon 1 and am already blown away by this. Everything I've ever read from this bhikkhu is a veritable tour de force.

Metta,
Retro. :)

Me to they are brilliant, ive never read his works before now

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:04 am
by appicchato
puthujjana wrote:Another resource: http://www.beyondthenet.net/calm/clm_main1.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Hmmm...I went there and it says 'File Not Found'...

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:29 pm
by Sanghamitta
Is this one of the group of Bhikkhus that settled in Sri Lanka ?

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:16 pm
by piotr
Hi,
Sanghamitta wrote:Is this one of the group of Bhikkhus that settled in Sri Lanka ?
No, he is native Sri Lankan.

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:13 pm
by retrofuturist
Image

:anjali:

Metta,
Retro. :)

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:14 pm
by retrofuturist
Greetings,

I see from the Bibliography of Analayo's Satipatthana text that there's a couple more books (or booklets?) by Bhikkhu Ñanananda.

A bit of a Google Search suggests they were printed for free distribution, but the only electronic copy of them that I seem to be able to find is in the form a Bit Borrent on "8_Rare_Books_on_Mindfulness_Meditation_and_Theravada_Buddhism"

http://www.btmon.com/Other/E-books/8_Ra ... rrent.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Alas, I don't know how to do torrents... so does anyone have any ideas on how I might be able to find an electronic copy of any of the following...

Towards Calm And Insight: Some Practical Hints (1993)
Seeing Though: A Guide To Insight Meditation (1999)


If anyone has an electronic copy and if it seems intended as a Dhamma book for free publication, feel free to append a copy of either document to this topic!

Of course, I'd be definitely interested if anyone has any ideas on how the physical copies can be obtained, but that seems the least likely outcome at this point in time.

Thanks.

Metta,
Retro. :)

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:22 am
by BlackBird
Downloading now. It's about 243mb and on a torrent, that can take a few hours. So will keep you posted Retro :)

metta
Jack

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:06 am
by retrofuturist
Greetings Jack,

Thanks... much appreciated!

:twothumbsup:

Metta,
Retro. :)

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:25 am
by BlackBird
Alright, I've uploaded both to rapidshare. Good news, both are for free distribution, and both look really good.

Venerable Bhikkhu K. Ñanananda - Towards calm and insight
http://rapidshare.com/files/334505800/N ... nsight.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Venerable Bhikkhu K. Ñanananda - Seeing Through - A Guide to Insight Meditation
http://rapidshare.com/files/334505801/N ... tation.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Gonna contact what-buddha-taught and see if they will upload these files

metta
Jack :heart:

Re: Bhikkhu Ñanananda

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:45 am
by Paññāsikhara
Bhante Nanananda's writings are definitely recommended, really brilliant stuff!

Thus I have heard - from those present at the time - that while still a layman, he was a young lecturer at a Uni in Sri Lanka, and really quite unknown, quiet, unassuming. After writing and publishing his first book, a lot of people thought "Wow! Who is this?", but by the time they found out who he was, he had already renounced and had disappeared into the forests in central Sri Lanka.

Hehe.