This book - published for the first time in 1939 at Allahabad - is a systematically condensed summary of the author's Readership Lectures 1936/37 at Patna University. Based on his investigations from 1924 to 1928 in Pali-Abhidhamma and specially on his studies in the Abhidhammattha-Sangaha, this book furnishes the reader with an introduction in the early Buddhist concept of consciousness, being the foundation of Buddhist meditational approach as well as of the psychological attitude leading to the realization of the ultimate goal.
The books of the author appeared in eleven languages and are sold in approx. 2 millions.
Some of his well-known books are: The Way of the White Clouds, Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism, Creative Meditation and Multidimensional Consciousness, The Inner Structure of the I Ging & Pictures From India and Tibet.
About the Author:
Lama Anagarika Govinda was born in 1898 in Germany. Besides being one of the greatest interpreters, thinkers and meditation masters in the field of modern Buddhism, he was also an internationally known scholar, artist, author and fellow of several scientific societies. Living in India from 1928 to 1980 and being an Indian National since 1947, he had been a lecturer at Shantiniketan from 1931 to 1936. He breathed his last in 1985 at California in U.S.A.
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