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by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
For a puthujjana the world exists. He can perceive things in that world, see them appear and disappear, he can see them changing. A puthujjana can also affect his surroundings and modify things according to own preferences, pursue the desirable experiences and avoid the undesirable ones—the puthujjana is involved. This ‘involvement’ with things represents the very core of the puthujjana‘s ‘experience as a whole’. Most people spend the majority of their lives obliviously absorbed in it, taking the course of ‘involvement’ for granted.
Today would be Ven. Ñāṇavīra 94th birthday and in commemoration of this day, Path Press Publications has published his long-awaited biography,
The Hermit of Būndala
Biography of Ñāṇavīra Thera and
reflections on his life and work
by Bhikkhu Hiriko Ñāṇasuci
An attempt to compile all that is known about Ñāṇavīra’s life and thought. The book retells stories from after his death, about controversies, lost or burned letters, his surviving legacy, and the growth of interest in these writings till the present time.
isbn: 9789460900082, 320 pages.
Here we publish for the first time the complete manuscript of Ven. Ñāṇamoli’s translation of the Majjhima Nikāya, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections in the Sutta Piṭaka.
“During his eleven years’ life in the Buddhist Order, passed entirely at the Island Hermitage in south Sri Lanka, Ven. Ñāṇamoli had rendered into English some of the most difficult and intricate texts of Pali Buddhism, among them the encyclopaedic Visuddhimagga. Following his premature death at the age of fifty-five, three thick, hand-bound notebooks containing a handwritten translation of the entire Majjhima Nikāya were found among his effects. However, although all 152 suttas of the Majjhima had been translated, the work was obviously still in an ongoing process of revision, with numerous crossouts and overwritings and a fair number of unresolved inconsistencies. The translation also employed an experimental scheme of highly original renderings for Pali doctrinal terms that Ven. Ñāṇamoli had come to prefer to his earlier scheme and had overwritten into the notebooks. He had used this new set of renderings in several of his final publications, offering an explanation for his choices in an appendix to The Minor Readings and The Illustrator of Ultimate Meaning, his translation of the Khuddakapāṭha and its commentary.” (Bhikkhu Bodhi, ‘Preface’, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, Wisdom Publications, 1995.)
Path Press Publications now offers a set-price if you want to get both Clearing the Path and Seeking the Path for lower price: for €50. (The list-price is €70 (€35 each) what means you would save €20.)
It is only available at the Path Press Publications website. If you wish to order the books, click here.
Clearing the Path contains the text of Ven. Ñāṇavīra’s revised Notes on Dhamma (1960-1965) together with 161 letters of varying lengths written by Ven. Ñāṇavīra to nine correspondents, which serve (as the author himself stated) as a commentary on the Notes. The texts are scrupulously edited, extensively annotated and cross-referenced by means of a comprehensive index.
[Collected Writings of Ñāṇavīra Thera: Volume 1, 624 p., hardbound]
Seeking the Path consists of Ven. Ñāṇavīra’s extensive correspondence with Ven. Ñaṇamoli Thera from 1954-1959. These letters shed considerable light on the relations between the two men and provide a wealth of material on the formation of Ven. Ñāṇavīra’s thought prior to his ‘stream entry’. The remainder of the volume includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Marginalia from books owned by Ven. Ñāṇavīra.
[Collected Writings of Ñāṇavīra Thera: Volume 2, 670 p., hardbound]
On 5th July, on 48th anniversary of Ven. Ñāṇavīra’s death, we are presenting this new Ñāṇavīra Thera Dhamma Page (NTDP). It become a responsive website—now it can be easier to read and navigate with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—something that users of mobile phones, book readers and tablets much appreciate. Apart of things which already appeared on the old website here you can also find early letters of Ven. Ñāṇavīra and other writings published in Seeking the Path in a readable PDF. Moreover we decided to reopen a forum where the community can support you when you seek for help in Dhamma and guide in Ven. Ñāṇavīra’s writings. We hope that you will find this space helpful in your development of the mind. If you have any other question and inquiries, please do contact us.
“What I’ve tried to do in this pastiche of letters (written by Bob to myself or his father) is no more than to suggest a man and his search for meaning; what he may have found, or ghosts of what may be found. In no way does it purport to be a biography—or autobiography—in any other sense.
I’ve centered the narrative of the letters in Sri Lanka—now and then pulling from the past in other places—because it’s there that he spent almost twelve years as a Buddhist monk. Much of that time he lived in a fashion which hasn’t been seen in the West since medieval times when mendicant friars wandered through Europe. In his last years, he had simple but modern digs on the tea-estate of an English couple near Bandarawela in the southern highlands of Sri Lanka, where, along with his begging bowl and a few books he had the personal computer, which, with no instruction, he programmed for the difficult diacritical demands of Clearing the Path.
Bob was always up for a new mental challenge. Despite his deeming it necessary for himself to be cut off from much of the technological trivia that imprisons most people in the modern world, he kept as keen and curious an eye on science and technology as literature and philosophy, and politics, for that matter, although he considered that a minor vice. But the journalist, even war-correspondent, still perked a little in his blood, as a few of his lengthy letters describing Sri Lanka’s communal strife clearly demonstrated.” (From the Foreword by Hum)