Nirvana – The Highest Happiness (Meditations on Buddhist Issues)

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Item Code: NAC678
Author: Susunaga Weeraperuma
Publisher: New Age Books
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8178222663
Pages: 182
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 Inch X 5.5 Inch
Weight 280 gm
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Nirvana, is the extinction of all illusion from consciousness, especially the deep-rooted delusion of ‘I’. It has been described as that which is Unborn, Unoriginated and Unformed. This well researched and clear-sighted collection of essays is the work of an eminent writer in the field of Indology. Though written from the standpoint of Theravada, the author occasionally expresses views that lie outside the mainstream of current Theravada.

A collection of refreshingly original essays offer enquiry into the Self from the Buddhist Perspective.

“Who has the patience to endure suffering for an indefinite period of time? Let us rejoice that there is the possibility of immediate realisation, instantaneous spiritual transformation as it were in the twinkling of an eye. So if we fail to find the releases of Enlightenment in this present life, we have only ourselves to blame for our great lassitude and lack of enthusiasm for Nirvana.”

DR. SUSUNAGA WEERAPERUMA is a prolific author whose writings testify to his profound understanding of Indian Philosophy, Vedanta and Buddhism. Author of New Insights into Buddhism, A Bibliography of the Ly% and Teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti among others, his celebrated book of reminiscences entitled Krishnamurty as I knew Him, has been translated into several languages.

Weeraperuma lives in the quietness of the medieval village called Les Arcs-sur-Argens and devotes his time to Hatha Yoga, contemplation, writing and organic gardening.
- The Dhammapada 89


“The wise person, who is free from craving and rejoices in that freedom from attachment, who has conquered the appetites will discover Nirvana even in this world”


Acknowledgments v
1. The Personality of the Buddha 1
2. Ambapali: A lady of pleasure who attained Buddhist Sainthood 13
3. Angulimala was a Serial Killer – Turned-Arhat 27
4. The Buddhist Doctrine of Karma 31
5. Meditations on the Practice of Meditation 41
6. The Art of Real Meditation 48
7. Does the “I” Really Exist? 55
8. What is the Purpose of the Dharma? 67
9. The Belief in a Creator-God 72
10. Why Believe in God? 77
11. The Buddha’s Conversation with a Farmer86
12. In Praise of a Solitary Life 90
13. Who is a Genuine Brahmin? 103
14. Who is a Sincere Friend? 136
15. Does Buddhism Condone or Condemn Meat Eating? 142
16. The Power of Paritta Chanting 153
17. Our Debt of Gratitude to Our Parents 162
18. What is Nirvana? 169
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