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Kutagarasala Vihara
Kutagarasala Vihara, the monastery where the Buddha most frequently stayed while visiting Vaishālī. On its ground can be found the Ānanda Stupa, with an Ashokan pillar in very good condition.
Image taken by a Pariyatti pilgrim Along the Path.

The Joy of Giving

Dear friends,
 
Giving Tuesday is growing as initiative to counterbalance the—at least in the USA—widely recognized shopping events Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday. The idea is to kick off the charitable season by encouraging people to give some of what they have left to those less fortunate, including charities and non-profit organizations. 
 
As Thanksgiving was late this year, we already kicked off our fundraising campaign two days ago, and we rather make use of Giving Tuesday to emphasize on giving ourselves. Because we have to admit: we like the act of giving. After all, it is part of our mission—disseminating the Teachings of the Buddha, to seekers of the Dhamma from all walks of life—that we provide low cost products and free resources. 
 
This newsletter is full of freebies and discounts, so make sure you scroll down to check them all out!
 
Coinciding with our theme for Giving Tuesday, the first free product we announced in 2019 was Dana, the Practice of Giving, Wheel Publication 367-9, in audiobook format—beautifully narrated by Judy Swift. In case you missed it; you can listen to it streaming online, or after downloading.
 
 
"... Gifts untainted by craving can only be made during a Buddha-Sāsana, the period when the teachings of a Buddha are available. So when we give now, during such a time, we should do so with the aim of putting an end to craving. With the end of craving, suffering ceases, and that is liberation…"
—Susan Elbaum Jootla in 'Dana, the practice of giving'
 
 
VIDEO
Australasian Vipassana Teacher Patrick Given-Wilson has released a new video called Ashoka: An Ideal Ruler. Ashoka ruled most of the Indian subcontinent between about 268 to 232 BCE, and lived at a time when the Dhamma was still strong in India.
screen shot Ashoka video
Streaming/ download
He fostered the Dhamma 
throughout his kingdom and widely beyond its borders. He sent two arahants, Sona Thera and Uttara Thera, to Burma and the practice extended there through generations of teachers to Ledi Sayadaw, Saya Thetgyi, Sayagyi U Ba Khin, and S.N. Goenka. It was because of Ashoka that we can practice Dhamma today.
TALK
The talk Meditation for Adaptive Resilience was given by Dr. Paul Fleischman to the general public, October 2019 at the Brower Center in Berkeley, California, USA. With a background in psychiatry Vipassana teacher Paul Fleischman knows how to touch on meditation from a modern, bio-medical standpoint, and combines this with reports from his own experience.
 
IMAGES
Newly uploaded in our Treasure section: a rare photo collection by late Robert Hover, a former student of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, taken in the 1960s during his trips to Burma and stays at the International Meditation Centre.
 
EBOOK
The tale Walking Still - From the Heights of the Himalayas to the Depths of the Mind, of one woman's solo journey (through the Himalayas and within) is now also available from our catalog as a free PDF download.
world map - global community
Although Pariyatti is an American nonprofit, we serve a Global Community of Vipassana meditators and 'seekers' in the Theravāda tradition. Pariyatti offers many resources in various languages. Volunteers continue to translate and dub books and videos for us into languages other than English. The items listed below are 2019's international additions to our catalog.
 
CHILDREN'S BOOK
The Path of Joy, an illustrated children's book explaining the experience of sitting an Anapana children's course. Besides the original English version, a free Italian PDF eBook and a French softcover version have come out this year! 
 
VIDEO
The film Vipassana, o caminho da libertação - Vipassana, the Path of Liberation follows inmates and servers of the first Vipassana course in a Brazilian prison—organized with authorization from the government. Recorded in Portuguese with subtitles in English.

The Compass - La bussola is a video about children's Anapana meditation courses (in English, with subtitles in Italian).
 
ART OF DYING
The Art of Dying, a wonderful collection of writings on the acceptance of the truth of suffering, contains texts by late Vipassana Meditation Teacher S.N. Goenka, explanations of the teaching of the Buddha, scriptural verses, poetical stories of monks and nuns from the time of the Buddha, and accounts from fellow meditators. Inspiring examples of people gaining strength and a taste of freedom through their practice of Vipassana.
 
Since in 2019 the Farsi and Vietnamese versions were released, this title is now available in five languages. View all languages and formats.

For our fellow meditators and seekers in India, we offer a locally printed version. Ordering this way results in saving on shipping cost and paying a local retail price!

NEWLY ADDED to our Catalog in RUSSIAN
With the recent addition of the Russian version of The Art of Living, this classic introduction to Vipassana meditation is now available as FREE PDF format in 13 languages

A Russian translation of The Clock of Vipassana Has Struck was recently completed and is now available for free download as well.
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Discounted Titles
 
Over the course of the year 2019 we have given 20% discount on various titles for a period of time. For the coming seven days you'll have another chance to order the titles listed below with 20% off!
 
Buddhist Parables by Eugene Watson Burlingame contains more than two hundred similes, allegories, parables, fables and other anecdotes found in the Pāli Buddhist texts and said to have been employed, either by the Buddha himself or by his followers to convey moral and ethical lessons.
 

Holiday Gifts

For many, this is the season of giving and sharing with loved ones. Interest in the Buddha's teachings continues to grow throughout the world. Perhaps the time is ripe for a friend or family member of yours. Browse our online bookstore for gift ideas.
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AmazonSmile App for Android
 
Should you order gifts via Amazon this holiday season (or if you're an Amazon shopper in general), please support Pariyatti by ordering via AmazonSmile (rather than the regular portal). If you are in the USA and you order via AmazonSmile with Pariyatti as your charity of choice, we will receive 0.5% of the purchase price from the eligible products you buy.
 
AmazonSmile has recently released and app for Android devices, available via Google Play.
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Daily Words
 
Daily Word of the Buddha
 
Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti;
sabbarasaṃ dhammaraso jināti;
sabbaratiṃ dhammarati jināti;
taṇhakkhayo sabbadukkhaṃ jināti.

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The gift of Dhamma triumphs over all other gifts;
the taste of Dhamma triumphs over all other tastes;
the happiness of Dhamma triumphs over all other pleasures;
the eradication of craving triumphs over all suffering.
 
Dhammapada 24.354

The Discourse Summaries by S.N. Goenka
 
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