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New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by bodom » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:01 pm

Meditator’s Life of the Buddha: Based on the Early Discourses

Anālayo offers an inspiring biography of the Buddha based on the early discourses and focusing on his meditative development and practice. By focusing on the Buddha as a meditator, Anālayo seeks to provide inspiration and guidance to all meditators, of any tradition and of any level of experience. Each of the twenty-four chapters concludes with suggestions to support meditative practice.

To be released at the turn of the year 2017/2018
https://www.windhorsepublications.com/p ... 9052734375

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To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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With mindfulness immersed in the body
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with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


Ultimately, your meditation involves sustaining the knowing, followed by continuous letting go as you experience sense objects through the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind. It involves just this much and there is no need to make anything more out of it.

- Ajahn Chah

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by cjmacie » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:10 pm

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So now V. Analayo is regularly "selling" books, and with testimonials from Jack Kornfield & Co. ... becoming just another populist "dharma" teacher?

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by ieee23 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:33 pm

I feel lukewarm about Jack Kornfield's offerings, but I don't think a dedication from him dams a book or its author.

I'm presuming the Venerable is donating his profits from the books he writes to worthy causes.

He writes very well, so I am happy his stuff is being created and made available.

This may be presumptuous, but I'm assuming everyone here can afford his books without having to cut back on food to make the rent or mortgage.

I say give the guy a break.
Whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. - MN 19

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by Zom » Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:14 pm

So now V. Analayo is regularly "selling" books, and with testimonials from Jack Kornfield & Co. ... becoming just another populist "dharma" teacher?
Seem so 8-)

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by Dhammanando » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:25 am

cjmacie wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:10 pm
So now V. Analayo is regularly "selling" books, and with testimonials from Jack Kornfield & Co. ... becoming just another populist "dharma" teacher?
The adverb just would imply "a populist Dharma teacher and nothing more." Do you seriously think that this is the venerable's intention?

Personally I think: "... regularly supplementing his scholarly expositions of the Dhamma with more popular ones," would be both a more charitable way of putting it and probably closer to the truth.

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by cjmacie » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:31 am

Dhammanando wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:25 am
cjmacie wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:10 pm
So now V. Analayo is regularly "selling" books, and with testimonials from Jack Kornfield & Co. ... becoming just another populist "dharma" teacher?
The adverb just would imply "a populist Dharma teacher and nothing more." Do you seriously think that this is the venerable's intention?

Personally I think: "... regularly supplementing his scholarly expositions of the Dhamma with more popular ones," would be both a more charitable way of putting it and probably closer to the truth.
I stand corrected -- not to reduce his overall significance to the level, say, of Mr. Kornfield.

V. Analayo's keen and broad scholarship is quite noteworthy, if sw dry at times. Perhaps related to that reservation, his interpretations, however, are s/w uneven in quality, and unstable over time. Notably the length to which, in his first Satipatthana book, he goes to justify "direct" for 'ekayanno'; and, worse, defining 'sati' as "bare awareness" with nothing to do with "memory".

Then there's his tendency towards political involvement (influence of his one-time mentor, B. Bodhi?), which I consider un-befitting for a Buddhist renunciate.

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by Caodemarte » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:26 pm

The book ad links to a book publication sponsorship appeal. I am unfamiliar with this approach for books for sale. Is this common?

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by Dhammanando » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:00 pm

Caodemarte wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:26 pm
The book ad links to a book publication sponsorship appeal. I am unfamiliar with this approach for books for sale. Is this common?
Gift Aid is very common with registered charities in Britain, but I don't know about other countries.
A practical example

Mr Burns donates £100 to charity.
Mr Burns is a higher-rate taxpayer, paying 40% income tax on part of his income. He has made a Gift Aid declaration to the charity. As a result:
1. The £100.00 gift is treated as being made after deduction of basic rate tax at 20%. The gross value of the gift before tax is £125 (£100 / (100%-20%)) – this is the amount of money a basic rate taxpayer would need to earn to receive £100.00 after tax.

2. The charity can claim the 20% of basic rate tax (£125 × 20% = £25) that the taxpayer is treated as having paid on the gross value of the gift. This is effectively an extra 25% on top of the value of the £100.00 donation.

3. Because he is a higher-rate taxpayer, Mr Burns can claim back the remaining 20% of income tax which he has paid on the gross value of the gift (the 40% income tax which he paid, less the 20% claimed by the charity). He would make this claim in his tax return. This amounts to a repayment of £25 on the £100 donation (£125 × (40% - 20%)).

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by Caodemarte » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:58 pm

Dhammanando wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:00 pm
Caodemarte wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:26 pm
The book ad links to a book publication sponsorship appeal. I am unfamiliar with this approach for books for sale. Is this common?
Gift Aid is very common with registered charities in Britain, but I don't know about other countries....
Thanks. I was unaware that Windhorse was a charity, but apparently it is “a Buddhist charitable company based in the UK. We place great emphasis on producing books of high quality that are accessible and relevant to those interested in Buddhism at whatever level. We are the main publisher of the works of Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order. Our books draw on the whole range of the Buddhist tradition, including translations of traditional texts, commentaries, books that make links with contemporary culture and ways of life, biographies of Buddhists and works on meditation.

As a non-for-profit enterprise, we ensure that all surplus income is invested in new books and improved production methods, to better communicate Buddhism clearly in the 21st Century.“

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by samseva » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:29 pm

Awesome. Thanks for the heads up, bodom.
cjmacie wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:10 pm
So now V. Analayo is regularly "selling" books, and with testimonials from Jack Kornfield & Co. ... becoming just another populist "dharma" teacher?
While Ven. Anālayo's intention might have been to produce a less scholarly book, I am sure the quality will be similar to his other works.

Also, reader's who already appreciate Ven. Anālayo's scholarly skills probably don't think much of forwards, while more popular practioners do, of which they very well might benefit from this book. :smile:

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by Mkoll » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:57 am

Thanks bodom.
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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by mal4mac » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:43 pm

cjmacie wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:31 am
V. Analayo's keen and broad scholarship is quite noteworthy, if sw dry at times. Perhaps related to that reservation, his interpretations, however, are s/w uneven in quality, and unstable over time. Notably the length to which, in his first Satipatthana book, he goes to justify "direct" for 'ekayanno'; and, worse, defining 'sati' as "bare awareness" with nothing to do with "memory"...
I had the memory that he had quite a lot to say about sati as memory, fortunately as the book is free online we can all check!

"iii.2 SATI
The noun sati is related to the verb sarati, to remember. Sati in the
sense of “memory” occurs on several occasions in the discourses,
and also in the standard definitions of sati given in the Abhidhamma
and the commentaries.11 This remembrance aspect of sati is personified
by the Buddha’s disciple most eminent in sati, Ãnanda, who is
credited with the almost incredible feat of recalling all the discourses
spoken by the Buddha.

The connotation of sati as memory becomes particularly prominent
with the recollections (anussati). The discourses often list a set
of six recollections: recollection of the Buddha, of the Dhamma, of..."

etc, etc...

I agree that he should put his new book online. Maybe he just hasn't got round to putting it on the hamburg site?

"`One should not go about making a business out of the Dhamma' (Ud.66). When the Buddha said: `The gift of Dhamma excels all other gifts' (Dhp.354), he meant that the Dhamma should be a gift, not something to be sold." http://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=74

And selling it exclusively through Windhorse is not making his book into a gift, and it is making it something to be sold. Also, as someone who is British, I've been following triratna's progress, mostly at a distance, since the eighties, and it is a problematic institution, that I don't want to support, at least not until someone can really convince me it is now "right in every way":

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... s-lingwood
- Mal

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by paul » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:19 pm

The book has now been released; interesting list of meditation subjects here:
https://www.amazon.com/Meditators-Life- ... 1909314994
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Post by bodom » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:35 pm

While we're on this topic Another Analayo book forthcoming:
Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research

Join a rigorous scholar and Buddhist monk on a brisk tour of rebirth from ancient doctrine to contemporary debates.

German Buddhist monk and university professor Bhikkhu Analayo had not given much attention to the topic of rebirth before some friends asked him to explore the treatment of the issue in early Buddhist texts. This succinct volume presents his findings, approaching the topic from four directions. The first chapter examines the doctrine of rebirth as it is presented in the earliest Buddhist sources and the way it relates to core doctrinal principles. The second chapter reviews debates about rebirth throughout Buddhist history and up to modern times, noting the role of confirmation bias in evaluation of evidence. Chapter 3 reviews the merits of current research on rebirth, including near-death experience, past-life regression, and children who recall previous lives. The chapter concludes with an examination of xenoglossy, the ability to speak languages one has not learned previously, and chapter 4 examines the particular case of Dhammaruwan, a Sri Lankan boy who chants Pali texts that he does not appear to have learned in his present life. Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research brings together the many strands of the debate on rebirth in one place, making it both comprehensive and compact. It is not a polemic but an interrogation of the evidence, and it leaves readers to come to their own conclusions.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/16142944 ... 7610779271

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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


Ultimately, your meditation involves sustaining the knowing, followed by continuous letting go as you experience sense objects through the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind. It involves just this much and there is no need to make anything more out of it.

- Ajahn Chah

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by Idappaccayata » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:55 am

Dhammanando wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:00 pm
Caodemarte wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:26 pm
The book ad links to a book publication sponsorship appeal. I am unfamiliar with this approach for books for sale. Is this common?
Gift Aid is very common with registered charities in Britain, but I don't know about other countries.
A practical example

Mr Burns donates £100 to charity.
Mr Burns is a higher-rate taxpayer, paying 40% income tax on part of his income. He has made a Gift Aid declaration to the charity. As a result:
1. The £100.00 gift is treated as being made after deduction of basic rate tax at 20%. The gross value of the gift before tax is £125 (£100 / (100%-20%)) – this is the amount of money a basic rate taxpayer would need to earn to receive £100.00 after tax.

2. The charity can claim the 20% of basic rate tax (£125 × 20% = £25) that the taxpayer is treated as having paid on the gross value of the gift. This is effectively an extra 25% on top of the value of the £100.00 donation.

3. Because he is a higher-rate taxpayer, Mr Burns can claim back the remaining 20% of income tax which he has paid on the gross value of the gift (the 40% income tax which he paid, less the 20% claimed by the charity). He would make this claim in his tax return. This amounts to a repayment of £25 on the £100 donation (£125 × (40% - 20%)).
What are the technical rules around this type of thing Ajahn? I mean, since monks aren't allowed to handle money, where do the proceeds go? Is he even allowed to decide on his own or does the sangha have to decide? I've often wondered how this works.
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It finds within that cage
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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by pilgrim » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:28 am

I am happy to see Theravada books published and offered commercially. These are often stocked in large bookshops and are able to attract the attention of people who otherwise have no contact with Buddhism. The current model of making free Dhamma books available in temples and monasteries just "preach to the converted". The practice has its place but is often taxing on donors resources and somewhat wasteful. I've seen children take Dhamma books for no good reason and I think a large number taken home are not read.

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by dharmacorps » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:06 pm

While Ven Analayo's writing style is different than what I am accustomed to I am beginning to appreciate it more. I have pre-ordered his new book(s).

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by bodom » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:49 pm

dharmacorps wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:06 pm
While Ven Analayo's writing style is different than what I am accustomed to I am beginning to appreciate it more. I have pre-ordered his new book(s).
They are well worth the time spent on them.

:namaste:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


Ultimately, your meditation involves sustaining the knowing, followed by continuous letting go as you experience sense objects through the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind. It involves just this much and there is no need to make anything more out of it.

- Ajahn Chah

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Re: New Analyo Bhikkhu Book to be Released

Post by dharmacorps » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:32 pm

bodom wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:49 pm
dharmacorps wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:06 pm
While Ven Analayo's writing style is different than what I am accustomed to I am beginning to appreciate it more. I have pre-ordered his new book(s).
They are well worth the time spent on them.

:namaste:
Indeed. I finished his Satipatthana book last week and found it quite helpful.

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Post by Kamran » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:09 am

His book on the Brahmaviharas has become my most useful meditation book.

https://www.amazon.com/Compassion-Empti ... 1909314552
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