Climbing to the Top of the Mountain – Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Climbing to the Top of the Mountain – Bhikkhu Bodhi

Post by dhamma_newb » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:54 pm

Thought I'd post this link to "Climbing to the Top of the Mountain – An interview with Bhikkhu Bodhi." I've also included it as a pdf for download. Enjoy!

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Re: Climbing to the Top of the Mountain – Bhikkhu Bodhi

Post by Ben » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:56 pm

Thanks Don!
I think you'll find many here are great fans of Bhikkhu Bodhi, whether it be his translations, his scholarly works or other teachings.
I look forward to reading the interview.
kind regards,

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Re: Climbing to the Top of the Mountain – Bhikkhu Bodhi

Post by mikenz66 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:00 am

Thanks for reminding us of that classic interview. I've always found that Bhikkhu Bodhi cuts through to the essence of Dhamma:
Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote:This is what I find most gripping about the Dhamma: its culmination in a transcendent dimension in which we overcome all the flaws and vulnerabilities of the human condition, including our bondage to death itself. The aim of the Buddhist path is not living and dying with mindfulness (though these are, of course, worthy achievements), but transcending life and death entirely to arrive at the Deathless, at the Immeasurable, at Nirvana. This is the goal the Buddha sought for himself during his own quest for enlightenment, and it is this attainment that his enlightenment made available to the world. This is the end at which the proper practice of Dhamma points, the end for which the practice is undertaken in its original framework.

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