Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses

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For those who approach Buddhism as a system of mental development, this book is a reliable and accessible guide to understanding the significance of themes from the Pali discourses. Themes include grasping, right view, craving, passion, contemplation of feeling, happiness, and liberation. A rare combination of scholarly rigor and extensive meditation experience from the author provides veracity to these studies and explorations.


Bhikkhu Analayo was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, where he completed his PhD. His thesis was subsequently published as Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization. He is a leading scholar in research on early Buddhism, having written more than 200 academic publications, and is a professor of Buddhist Studies and Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy and is an associate professor at the Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg.


“Bhikkhu Analayo is one of our most brilliant monastic scholars of early Buddhism, combining meticulous scholarship with a deep understanding rooted in years of diligent meditation practice. The present book, a wide-ranging collection of canonical studies, offers trustworthy insights into the core concepts that shape the “thought-world” of the Buddha’s teachings.”  —Bhikkhu Bodhi, author, The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering

“It would be hard to overstate the contribution Ven. Analayo makes to our understanding of the Buddha’s teachings. His breadth and depth of knowledge, clarity of expression, and wise reflections make his writings a treasured gift of Dharma.”  —Joseph Goldstein, author, A Heart Full of Peace and One Dharma