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Wings to Awakening - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Wings to Awakening - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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An Anthology from the Pali Canon

Many anthologies of the Buddha's teachings have appeared in English, but
this is the first to be organized around the set of teachings that the Buddha himself said formed the heart of his message: the Wings to Awakening (bodhi-pakkhiya-dhamma). The material is arranged in three parts, preceded by a long Introduction. The Introduction tries to define the concept of Awakening
so as to give a clear sense of where the Wings to Awakening are headed. It
does this by discussing the Buddha's accounts of his own Awakening, with special focus on the way in which the principle of skillful kamma (in Sanskrit, karma) formed both the "how" and the "what" of that Awakening: The
Buddha was able to reach Awakening only by developing skillful kamma {this is the "how"; his understanding of the process of developing skillful kamma is what sparked the insights that constituted Awakening {this is the
"what."
An Anthology from the Pali Canon

Many anthologies of the Buddha's teachings have appeared in English, but
this is the first to be organized around the set of teachings that the Buddha himself said formed the heart of his message: the Wings to Awakening (bodhi-pakkhiya-dhamma). The material is arranged in three parts, preceded by a long Introduction. The Introduction tries to define the concept of Awakening
so as to give a clear sense of where the Wings to Awakening are headed. It
does this by discussing the Buddha's accounts of his own Awakening, with special focus on the way in which the principle of skillful kamma (in Sanskrit, karma) formed both the "how" and the "what" of that Awakening: The
Buddha was able to reach Awakening only by developing skillful kamma {this is the "how"; his understanding of the process of developing skillful kamma is what sparked the insights that constituted Awakening {this is the
"what."

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The Wings to Awakening –An Anthology from the Pali Canon
Translated and Explained byThanissaro Bhikkhu(Geoffrey DeGraff)c
1996 Thanissaro Bhikkhu
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Contents
AcknowledgmentsviiAbbreviationsixPreface: How to Read This BookxiA Table of the Wings to Awakeningxix1 Introduction1
1.1 The Buddhas Awakening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11.2 The Buddhas Teachings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
I Basic Principles23
2 Skillfulness25
2.1 Passages from the Pali Canon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
3 Kamma & the Ending of Kamma43
3.1 Passages from the Pali Canon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
II The Seven Sets65
4 The Treasures of the Teaching67
4.1 Passages from the Pali Canon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
5 The Four Frames of Reference83
5.1 Passages from the Pali Canon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94iii

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