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Dear Friends,
The latest Pariyatti Edition, the two-manual double header, flew off the shelves since we sent out the newsletter below a little over a week ago; we completely sold out and even had to place people on a waiting list. We have now gone over to a ‘print-on-demand’ system for this title, which means you can still order a copy!
We need to make a correction as well. We mentioned it was the first time The Manual of the Path of Higher Knowledge was published as an English translation, but of course it was first published by the Buddhist Publication Society. This edition is a quality re-print of that. 
This newsletter also contains a link to the latest free audiobook: Dāna, the Practice of Giving. It can be downloaded or listened to, streaming online.
May these resources be of benefit to you on the path of Dhamma!

New Pariyatti Edition Double-Header

We at Pariyatti are pleased to present the newest Pariyatti Edition, the double-header The Manual of Light / The Manual of the Path to Higher Knowledge.
These two expositions of the Buddha’s teachings by Ledi Sayadaw are advanced discourses on the development of higher insight knowledge. Topics include Dependent Origination - covering the different elements and their characteristics, Kamma, Nibbana, and Causality.
This double-header is quite a special edition. 
It is the first time the English translation of The Manual of Light (Alin-Kyan) is published in its entirety. The Manuals of Dhamma, also a Pariyatti Edition, includes a translation of Alin-Kyan that was originally published in The Light of the Dhamma, a journal published in Burma in the 1950's. At that time they did not have a complete translation ready.
Excerpt of The Manual of Light, 
Chapter 2 - The Five Kinds of Light:
The Second Light: Knowledge in Comprehending the Dhamma 
Knowledge in comprehending the Dhamma (dhamma-vavatthāna-ñāṇa) means: 
1. Clear understanding that in the entire world no such thing as a person, a being, a self (soul), or a life, a woman, or a man really exists, but only mere phenomena (dhammā), mind-and-matter, or mentality-materiality (namā-rūpa). 
2. Perceiving the distinction between physical phenomena (rūpa) and mental phenomena (nāma). 
3. Perceiving the distinction between one physical phenomenon and another physical phenomenon. 
4. Perceiving the distinction between one mental phenomenon and another mental phenomenon. 
It means, in brief, the whole thing amounts to right view (sammā-diṭṭhi), which also goes by the name of purification of view (diṭṭhi-visuddhi).
 Dreadful indeed is the stark ignorance of the Dhamma. It is only with the golden opportunity of coming under the Buddha’s Teaching that we can gain the clear understanding that mentality-materiality, a composite of the five aggregates of existence, are, in ultimate truth, mere phenomena (suddha-dhammā). Without the benefit of the Buddha’s Teaching, beings may pass from one existence to another a hundred times, a thousand times, tens of Five Kinds of Stark Ignorance and Five Kinds of Light 9 thousands of times, or an infinite number of times (asankheyya), and yet no such knowledge can dawn on them. This is the light that only the Buddha’s Teaching can provide.
 Even at present, when the golden opportunity of the Buddha’s Teaching is available, there are multitudes who, not realizing phenomena as mere phenomena, not understanding materiality as mere materiality, and not understanding mentality as mere mentality, are shrouded by this dreadful stark ignorance of the Dhamma. They remain helpless in stark darkness. Lacking this light, their existence is marked by a proliferation of the three perversions, the ten kinds of misdeeds, all kinds of wrong views, and consequent evils. Release from the rigorous round of births is not in sight for them. Indeed, they are heading straight for the whirlpool of saṃsāra to drift, sink, and drown. Therefore, it is appropriate for the wise and wary to strive to understand the phenomena of mentality-materiality, and to gain analytical insight.
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Pariyatti Editions are quality prints, with ergonomic page size and easy-to-read font, and a sturdy spine.

Audiobook on:


The Practice of Giving

"The most excellent motive for giving is the intention that it strengthens one's efforts to attain Nibbana…If we aspire to ultimate peace and purity by practicing generosity, we will be developing the dana paramī, the perfection of giving, building up a store of merit that will bear its full fruit with our attainment of enlightenment. As we progress towards this goal, the volition involved in acts of giving will assist us by contributing towards the pliancy of mind, an essential asset in developing concentration and wisdom, the prime requisites of liberation."
Judy Swift beautifully narrates this Wheel publication compiled by Bhikkhu Bodhi. The recording is an in-depth exploration of this cardinal Buddhist virtue featuring essays in which four modern writers (Elbaum-Jootla, de Silva, Walshe and van Gorkom) and a classical commentator (Acariya Dhammapāla) set forth their understanding of giving and its relation to the wider body of Dhamma practice.
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Many thanks to the volunteers who lend their voices and time for the recording of audiobooks; we hope many will benefit!

Residential Pāli Workshops

Sign up for a Pāli workshop! The aim of a Pariyatti Pāli workshop is to provide greater access to the words of the Buddha. Goenkaji emphasized that Pāli workshops such as these are very beneficial; they help meditators develop their inspiration to practice and improve their understanding of the theoretical aspect of Dhamma.  
​The workshops are set up similarly to 10-day Vipassana courses, with recordings of Goenkaji’s chanting played in the morning and three group sittings a day. As with Vipassana courses, the course is offered for free (dāna-based), the teacher is not paid and all meals are prepared by volunteering servers. For 2019 we have scheduled various Pāli workshops; on different continents and conducted by different teachers.
Introductory (Calif., USA):  March 14 - 27 (Klaus Nothnagel) - women: open
Introductory (Malaysia):  March 23 - 31 (Adriana Patiño)
Introductory (Calif., USA):  September 21 - October 1 (Sean Salkin)
Intermediate (Calif., USA):  October 1 - 5 (Sean Salkin)
Introductory (Poland):  November 19 - December 1 (Klaus Nothnagel)

"Students on this course learn the Pāli alphabet and Pāli pronunciation. They learn the most important elements of Pāli grammar and are instructed in the use of Pāli dictionaries. By the end of the course, most students are able to read and understand passages from the discourses of the Buddha in Pāli. A part of the focus of the course is to give students the ability to continue with their study of Pāli after the course, to make further progress on their own, and to read more deeply in the discourses of the Buddha.  The textbook for the course is Introduction to Pāli by A.K. Warder. The following lines from the foreword to Maurice Walshe’s Long Discourses of the Buddha provide some inspiration: “[The Pāli discourses] are not meant to be 'sacred scriptures' that tell us what to believe. One should read them, listen to them, think about them, contemplate them and investigate the present reality with them.’"
—Sean Salkin

"The workshop focuses on understanding the context of the selected suttas - texts that are mentioned in the discourses of 10-day Vipassana retreats, and those that focus on supporting the apprehension of the [Noble Eightfold Path], as well as the practice of Vipassana meditation. Proper pronunciation, reading, reciting prose and chanting verses play an important role in the workshop - all intended to foster greater understanding [of the suttas]."
—Klaus Nothnagel
About the workshop conducted by Adriana Patiño:
Adriana adopted the Tandonji method, which emphasizes the content of the texts instead of focusing on grammar. During her workshops, participants receive an introduction to the grammar and correct pronunciation of Pāli, and then concentrate most of their time reading, reciting and understanding the context of the suttas and material of 10-day Vipassana courses, such as formalities and the morning chants.
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Grab a Bargain...

Have a look at the discounted books in our Bargain Bin. The books listed here are a great deal because they are still in fine shape— some just have a blemish of some kind (no dog ears - yet). Other titles in the Bargain Bin have been republished under a Pariyatti imprint; we let the older editions go at a discount.
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Pilgrimages / 朝圣之旅

New dates have been added to the Vipassana pilgrimage calendar: from September 30 to October 21 we’ll be facilitating another ‘Along the Path’ pilgrimage in Mandarin.
There are four places which should be (visited and) seen by a person of devotion,” the Buddha said to his attendant monk, the Venerable Ānanda. He then named his birthplace (Lumbinī), the place where he attained Enlightenment (Bodhgayā), the place where he first taught the way to Enlightenment (Sarnath), and the place where he attained parinibbāna (Kushinagar).
Vulture's Peak. It was the Buddha’s favorite retreat in Rajagaha (Rajgir)
 and the scene for many of his discourses.

Upcoming Dates (即将开始的日程)

Along the Path - (North India & Nepal)
Den Pfad entlang – Indien & Nepal
February 28 to March 21, 2019
2019年9月30日至10月21日 (Sept. 30 - Oct. 21, 2019)
October 31 to November 21, 2019
31. Oktober bis 21. November 2019
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