Posted: September 22, 2013 by pathpress in Ven. Nanamoli's Majjhima
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.)
Volume I: Part 1 (Suttas 1 – 25), Part 2 (Suttas 26 – 50)
Volume II: Part 1 (Suttas 51 – 76), Part 2 (Suttas 77 – 100)
Volume II: Part 1 (Suttas 101 – 125), Part 2 (Suttas 126 – 152)
Posted: July 23, 2013 by pathpress in News
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]
Posted: July 4, 2013 by pathpress in News
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.
Posted: June 3, 2013 by pathpress in News
Stringhoppers and Rabbitholes
Letters of a Wayfarer
“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)
Posted: May 14, 2013 by pathpress in Review
by Craig Shoemake
Clearing the Path (1960-1965) by Ñāṇavīra Thera. Path Press Publications 2010, 621 pages.
How does one review a book that, arguably, is the most influential book in your life? Well, I’ll start by directing readers to my bio of Ñāṇavīra. This, better than anything I could say in this review, will prep you for the work itself. But of course, a few words on that are presently in order…
I don’t actually recall how/when I first encountered Ñāṇavīra’s writings. So, I can’t say how they struck me at the time. But I can say that for a while–a good many years, in fact–they basically defined the Buddha’s teaching for me. What purpose, exactly, did these amazing and unique documents fulfill in my thinking? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 17, 2013 by Bhikkhu Ninoslav Nyanamoli in Bhikkhu's Notebook, Dhamma Article
Friend, feeling and perception and consciousness-these things are associated, not disassociated. It is not possible to separate them and by separating them point out the difference [between them]. What one feels, that one perceives. What one perceives, that one cognizes. Therefore, these things are associated not disassociated. It is not possible to separate them and by separating them point out the difference[between them].-MN 43. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 7, 2013 by Bhikkhu Ninoslav Nyanamoli in Bhikkhu's Notebook, Dhamma Article
1. Feeling, perception and consciousness are always there together.1 It is impossible to have them arising independently and on their own; when there is one, the other two are present as well. They do not pass into each other’s domain2: one feels one’s feeling, one perceives one’s perception, one cognizes one’s cognizance. Assuming that it is the same thing that one feels, perceives and cognizes, or assuming that it is a different thing that one feels, perceives, and cognizes, or both-the-same-&-different thing that one feels, perceives, and cognizes, or neither-the-same-nor-different thing that one feels, perceives, and cognizes, means that assumed thing is there-it exists. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 28, 2013 by Bhikkhu Ninoslav Nyanamoli in Bhikkhu's Notebook, Dhamma Article
Nāmarūpapaccayā phasso’ti iti kho panetaṃ vuttaṃ, tadānanda,
imināpetaṃ pariyāyena veditabbaṃ, yathā nāmarūpapaccayā phasso. Yehi,
Ānanda, ākārehi yehi liṅgehi yehi nimittehi yehi uddesehi nāmakā-yassa
paññatti hoti, tesu ākāresu tesu liṅgesu tesu nimittesu tesu uddesesu
asati api nu kho rūpakāye adhivacanasamphasso paññāyethā ti? Read the rest of this entry »