Ben wrote:I've just commenced reading Venerable Analayo's Satipatthana: the direct path to realization. The book is a slightly expanded version of Bhante's PhD thesis (University of Peredeniya, Sri Lanka, 2000).
I'm only part way through and I am impressed with the depth of research and treatment.
What I would like to know is whether anyone else has read it and what comments you have on Venerable's work.
I have been recommending this book to people for the past two years, and would agree with the comments made by bodom bad boy.
I've written extensively on this subject in another forum, a private forum that was started for serious practitioners, as are many who come here looking for inspiration and answers. It is my contention that Ven. Analayo's book is best read in conjunction with another book on the practice of satipatthana
, a classic in its own right, Ven. Nyanaponika Thera's The Heart of Buddhist Meditation
Those who have some interest might find some food for thought and contemplation beginning in the first post in the thread "The Importance of Using Satipatthana in Training" referenced here in the "Theravadan Talk" section of the other forum: http://thirdjewel.myfreeforum.org/ftopic69-0-asc-10.php
This link is to the second page of that thread, but there are some interesting passages on the first page as well. The second page is where I began to introduce the book a little more.
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Ben wrote:And one further question... if anyone has Venerable's email - I have a couple of questions that I would like to send him.
The only person I know who has a direct line to Ven. Analayo is Bhikkhu Gavesako. Although I'm unsure how willing he would be to disclose it. It wouldn't hurt to ask him, I'm sure.
"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV