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Books by The Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw

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Books by The Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw

Knowing and Seeing (Fourth Revised Edition)
The Workings of Kamma (Second Revised Edition)
Mindfulness of Breathing (Ānāpāna·Ssati) (Second Revised Edition)
The Only Way for the Realization of Nibbāna
A Compilation of Burmese Language Books
《入出息念》
证悟涅槃的唯一之道》  
《智慧之光》(第四版)

 


Knowing and Seeing (Fourth Revised Edition)
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Version: 07/2014, 313 pages

Knowing and Seeing is teachings given by the Myanmarese meditation master, the Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw, at a two-month retreat for monks and nuns in Taiwan.

In strict accordance with the standard Pali Texts, the Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw gives a practical overview of how you develop absorption (jhāna) with mindfulness-of-breathing, the thirty-two parts of your own body and that of others (near and far), repulsiveness of the body, the ten kasiṇas and four immaterial states. He then explains how you use the 'strong and powerful' jhāna concentration to perfect lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative joy, equanimity, recollection-of-The-Buddha, foulness, and recollection-of-death. Next, he explains how, with the light of jhāna, you penetrate the delusion of compactness and see the sub-atomic particles of materiality, and see the ultimate materiality of your own body, that of others, and throughout the universe; how likewise you see the cognitive-processes of your own mind and that of others; how likewise you examine your materiality and mentality of past lives, your present life and future lives (on this and other planes); and how likewise you develop the remaining knowledges till 'Your mind knows and sees Nibbāna directly: it is fully aware of the (unformed) Nibbāna as object.' The Sayadaw also answers questions from meditators at the retreat, on details regarding meditation, related matters, and the Bodhisatta Path etc. Finally, there is a stirring talk where he exhorts us to 'breathe according to The Buddha's instructions', followed by a talk on the most superior type of offering.


The Workings of Kamma (Second Revised Edition)

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Version: 03/2013, 403 pages

Over the years, as he has encountered 'Western Buddhists', meditation master the Most Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw has seen the need for a thorough explanation of the workings of kamma in English. To that end he has composed The Workings of Kamma. It is a detailed analysis and discussion of the workings of kamma, in accordance with the Pali Texts: Vinaya, suttas, Abhidhamma, and the authoritative commentaries and subcommentaries.

First, the Most Venerable Sayadaw gives a detailed discussion of how beings run on from life to life because of a belief in self, founded in craving and ignorance: he explains how those two factors are prime movers in the working of kamma.

Next, he gives a comprehensive and practical analysis of the workings of kamma according to the roots of consciousness. That includes a practical and systematic analysis of the three merit-work bases: offering, morality, and meditation. Then, he analyses the ten courses of unwholesome and wholesome kamma: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, etc., and non-killing, non-stealing, etc. He discusses also the results of kamma: rebirth in hell, as a ghost, animal, human-, or celestial being. Mundane wholesome kamma unique to a Buddha's Dispensation he discusses as knowledge and conduct: necessary for future attainment of Nibbāna. Afterwards, he explains The Buddha's twelve categories of kamma: four for time of effect, four for order of effect, and four for function of effect. And he discusses how they operate over past, future, and present, and how their workings depend also on the achievement/failure of a certain rebirth, appearance, time, and means.

Then comes a lengthy discussion of 'The Small Kamma-Analysis Sutta'. There The Buddha discusses how kamma accounts for the superiority/ inferiority of people. Next is a discussion of how a being's kamma 'paints a picture' of a being, who is in fact nothing more than the five aggregates. And finally, there is a detailed discussion of the gradual unworking of the potency of kamma with the insight knowledges leading up to the Stream-Entry Path Knowledge, etc. up to Arahantship. It ends with a detailed discussion of the Arahant's Parinibbāna, and what this means in practical terms.

The Most Venerable Sayadaw gives many examples, with continuous reference to the Pali Texts. He cites and explains also the dangers of holding to a wrong view that denies the workings of kamma. And he explains the necessity for seeing the workings of kamma oneself with direct knowledge, explaining that one is otherwise unable to understand the Second Noble Truth: the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering.

There is also a detailed analysis of the transition from one life to the next, and many charts help the reader understand the explanations on the practical level of consciousness and mental factors.

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Mindfulness of Breathing (Ānāpāna·Ssati) (Second Revised Edition)

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Version: 03/2013, 28 pages

In accordance with The Buddha's series of instructions, the Sayadaw first describes how the yogi develops samatha with mindfulness of breathing, until there appears the light of wisdom and the sign of concentration, the nimitta. Then the Sayadaw explains how the yogi develops the gained concentration, until the attainment of the fourth jhāna. Afterwards, the Sayadaw explains how the yogi uses the light of wisdom to discern ultimate materiality, ultimate mentality, and their dependent origination, in order then to develop vipassanā. Finally, the Sayadaw explains how the yogi progresses through the series of insight knowledges until there is realization of Nibbāna. In each case, the Sayadaw explains how the yogi's gradual development fulfils the thirty-seven requisites of enlightenment: in samatha, in vipassanā, and in the realization of Nibbāna.

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The Only Way for the Realization of Nibbāna

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Version: 07/2014, 85 pages

The only way, bhikkhus, is this path, for beings' purification, for sorrow and lamentation's overcoming, for pain and displeasure's disappearance, for the true way's attainment, for Nibbāna's realization: that is, the four foundations of mindfulness(cattāro sati∙paṭṭhānā).

'Mahā∙Sati∙Paṭṭhāna∙Suttaṃ' ('The Great Mindfulness-Foundation Sutta')

In The Only Way for the Realization of Nibbāna, the Most Venerable Sayadaw gives a brief summary of the practice necessary for such realization, namely samatha and vipassanā. He bases his discussion on the first section of the ‘Mahā∙Sati∙Paṭṭhāṇa Sutta’, the in&out-breath section of ‘The Great Mindfulness-Foundation Sutta’.

In the preface (pp.1-23), the Sayadaw discusses the ‘Mahā∙Sati∙Paṭṭhāṇa Sutta’ within the context of other suttas where The Buddha discusses the practice necessary for realizing Nibbāna. Afterwards, the Sayadaw discusses the in&out-breath section of the sutta within the context of the remaining sections of ‘The Great Mindfulness-Foundation Sutta’. Afterwards, the entire in&out-breath section is quoted (pp.25-26). And there is a brief discussion of how one progresses from mundane samatha and vipassanā to supramundane samatha and vipassanā (p.27).

The Sayadaw then discusses in practical detail The Buddha’s instructions on samatha in the in&out-breath section of the ‘Mahā∙Sati∙Paṭṭhāṇa Sutta’, beginning with Ever mindful he breathes in; ever mindful he breathes out; ending with ‘Tranquillizing the body formation, I shall breathe in ’: thus he trains. ‘Tranquillizing the body formation, I shall breathe out ’: thus he trains; this being the four stages of development for attaining the four jhānas (pp.28-36).

The Sayadaw then discusses in practical detail The Buddha’s instructions on the four stages of vipassanā. First Thus he abides contemplating the body in the body internally, or he abides contemplating the body in the body externally, or he abides contemplating the body in the body internally and externally; this being direct know­ledge and contemplation of ultimate materiality and ultimate mentality through the elements contemplation section of the ‘Mahā∙Sati­∙Paṭ­ṭhāṇa Sutta’, as well as the sections of consciousness-, feelings- and dhammas contemplation (pp.37-60). Second He abides contemplating originating phenomena in the body; or he abides contemplating perishing phenomena in the body; or he abides contemplating [both] originating&perishing phenomena in the body; this being the direct know­ledge and contemplation of causal and momentary rise&perish (pp.61-65). Third Or mindfulness that ‘there is the body’ is established just sufficient for knowledge, sufficient for mindfulness; this being the higher mundane vipassanā knowledges, prior to the realization of Nibbāna (p.66). Fourth And he abides independent, and does not cling to anything in the world; this being the supramundane realization of Nibbāna (p.67).

The Saya­daw describes each stage of samatha and vipassanā in terms of the Noble Eightfold Path, and he describes vipassanā in terms of the full knowledges described by The Buddha as necessary for realization of Nibbāna, quoted and discussed in the preface. Their mutual correspondence is shown in a table (p.69).

Tables describe the phenomena that make up ultimate materiality (pp.41-45) and mentality (pp.51, 53, 56-59) as described by The Buddha, and their correspondence to the various classifications given by The Buddha in earlier quoted suttas (p.71): the five aggregates (p.72), twelve bases (p.73), eighteen elements (p.74), and four Noble Truths (p.75).

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A Compilation of Burmese Language Books

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《入出息念》

Translated by Venerable U Mahinda 玛欣德尊者中译

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Version: 04/2015, 25 pages

在这本小册子中,帕奥西亚多依照佛陀的一系列教导,首先讲述禅修者如何通过入出息念来修止,直到出现智慧之光和禅相(nimitta)。接着,西亚多解释禅修者如何培育定力直到证得禅那(jhāna)。然后,西亚多解释禅修者如何用智慧之光来辨识究竟色法、究竟名法和它们的缘起,以便培育观智。最后,西亚多解释禅修者如何通过培育一系列的观智直到证悟涅槃(Nibbāna)。在每个环节,西亚多都解释了禅修者如何在修止、修观和证悟涅槃的次第修行中圆满三十七菩提分。

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《证悟涅槃的唯一之道》

Translated by Venerable U Mahinda 玛欣德尊者中译

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Version: 10/2012, 155 pages
诸比库,这是唯一之道(ekāyano ayaṃ, bhikkhave, maggo),能清净有情,超越愁、悲,灭除苦、忧,得达如理,现证涅槃,此即是四念处(cattāro satipaṭṭhānā)
《大念处经》
摘录自绪论:"我们编写本书的目的,是希望对证悟涅槃的实修要求作些简要的说明。我们将根据《大念处经》(Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna sutta)的第一个部分《入出息部分》(Ānāpānapabbaṃ)进行讨论。"
摘录自中译序:"帕奥西亚多引用整套巴利三藏及其义注和复注中的相关教导,编写了这本《证悟涅槃的唯一之道》(The Only Way for the Realization of Nibbāna)。在本书《绪论》中,西亚多探讨了四念处修法与佛陀整个教法的关系,在正文部分则解释了通过入出息念来培育禅那, 再以此定力作为维巴沙那基础的禅那(vipassanāpādakajjhāna),系统地培育十六种观智,乃至最终断尽一切烦恼的实修方法。"

《智慧之光》(第四版)

 
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摘录自初编后语:"帕奥禅师为缅甸当代著名业处导师。其止观禅法特色,在于重视圣典依据与修学经验的次第性,所指导各种止(奢摩他)业处,均以达到安止定(至少近行定)作为观禅(毗婆舍那)基础为目的。禅观则以“三遍知”(所知遍知、度遍知及断遍知)贯穿慧学:从五蕴的过去、未来、现在,内、外,粗、细等十一项观所缘下手,如实知见此蕴、处、界(身心)只是名色而无作者、受者、主宰等,嗣后以缘起正观过、现、未的前后因果关系,确知虽无作者但有因果业报;接着观察色法、名法及缘起法的相、味、现起与足处,建立“此有故彼有”等“此缘性”的缘起中道,此知解名色与缘起为“所知遍知”。从生灭随观无常、苦、无我的聚思惟至生灭随观为“度遍知”。最后,从坏灭随观智怖患起厌、离欲、入三解脱门现见寂灭涅槃得道、果智,此即为“断遍知”。"

"本书《智慧之光》,汇集了帕奥禅师几篇讲稿、著作及学程表和附录共17 篇。部分抽译自缅文原著,内容尽可能按照帕奥禅林的教学次第编排,个别的文章如“刹那定与观禅”、“什么是智慧之光”、“帕奥禅林简介”等,作了适当的调整。因此,可谓系统地反映了禅师教导禅法的前后次第。在编辑过程中,既注意其次第性,又重视它的实用性,为同修们提供学习与依据的著作。"

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