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  Visible Here And Now: The Buddha's Teachings on the Rewards of Spiritual Practice
By: Ayya Khema

Visible Here And Now


 
Our Price: $14.95
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Author: Ayya Khema
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1570624925 / 9781570624926
Publication Date: February 2001

Product Code: 11286
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The Buddha's Teachings on the Rewards of Spiritual Practice
This practical commentary on one of the most important scriptures of the Pali canon will provide essential sustenance for Buddhist practitioners. Ayya Khema is a mountain of strength, encouragement, and love as she pours out down-to-earth practical instruction on the journey to enlightenment, following the framework set forth in the Samannaphala-sutta , the Buddha's discourse on the rewards of spiritual life.
The sutta contains the Buddha's teachings in response to questions posed by King Ajatasattu. Why, the king asked, should we give up the satisfactions of worldly life and devote ourselves to meditation? What are the tangible benefits - "visible here and now" - to be gained from following the Buddha's way? In answering this question, the Buddha provides a compact synopsis of the entirety of the spiritual path, and Ayya Khema expands on this with her characteristic approach - simple, direct, experiential, and loving.
An important aspect of the sutta is an account of the eight meditative absorptions, or jhanas - state of mind that bring joy, serenity, and peace and that open the way to clarity and liberation. Ayya Khema, who was herself adept at the eight absorptions, confidently leads the reader to, through, and beyond the jhanas, following the Buddha's plan. Her words have the effect of inspiring us to roll up our sleeves and get to work so that we may grasp the insights, accomplish the meditative goals, and become enlightened to the highest extent of our talents and efforts.

Visible Here & Now, Ayya Khema, Shambhala Publications, 214 pages, $14.95

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