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Book Launch/ Author Talk

A Lifetime Doing Nothing
by Ian McCrorie
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Ian McCrorie, author of Children of Silence and Slow Time and The Moon Appears When the Water is Still, has written a third book, A Lifetime Doing Nothing – Tales, Teachings and Testimonials, which we have released this week.
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In this book of inspiring short stories the author shares his insights and experiences collected during a life of travelling the world, studying with renowned teachers, living as a recluse in meditation, and from living the householder's life. A delightful read that's both relatable and insightful.
This Sunday, June 13!
To celebrate the release Pariyatti is hosting an online Book Launch Event this Sunday, June 13, at 1pm Eastern Time (10am PT, 7pm CET, 10:30 IST). The author will read passages from his new book, engage in an interesting discussion, and answer questions from the audience. Be sure not to miss it!
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Pariyatti Journal

By and for Meditators
We are pleased to announce a new project, the Pariyatti Journal! The aim of this online journal is to promote the contemplation and expression of Dhamma by and for meditators. By publishing articles, book reviews, and artistic endeavors, we hope to stimulate deep reflection, inspiration, and intelligent conversation about meditation practice—on and off the cushion.
Articles may touch upon various subject categories such as:
Reflections on the practice of Vipassana meditation at home or on courses.
Applications of Vipassana meditation in daily life.
Reflections on ethics and its applications from a Dhamma perspective.
Scholarly research on aspects of Vipassana meditation and canonical texts.
Dhamma inspired poetry, short stories, photography and films.
Our intention is to have a broad group of Vipassana writers and readers. Articles ranging between 500 and 5000 words may take on a personal, journalistic, or scholarly tone. There are no fixed publication dates; submissions will be published as soon as they have been received and approved by a peer review process. This ongoing publication approach helps avoid the lengthy delays usually associated with fixed publication dates.
If you have any submission inquiries or are interested in helping out as a text reviewer or copy-editor, please send a note to
We look forward to reading what you have to say!
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Two classic works by Bhikkhu Bodhi are now also available in Vietnamese: In the Buddha's Words (Hợp Tuyển Lời Phật Dạy Từ Kinh Tạng Pāli) and The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony (Lời Phật Dạy Về Sự Hòa Hợp Trong Cộng Đồng Và Xã Hội). Both come as PDF eBooks, the second title has been released as an audiobook as well. All versions are available for free download.
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If you live outside the USA and are looking to order print books, please check out our list of non-US retailers as this could save you in shipping costs. Many Pariyatti Publishing titles are set up with Amazon's print-on-demand service, so you may be able to order our books directly from Amazon in your country.

Audiobook: The Manual of Insight

By Ledi Sayādaw
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The renowned Burmese master Ledi Sayādaw, the first Vipassana Teacher known by name in the lineage of our tradition, as taught by S.N. Goenka, wrote The Manual of Insight specifically for practitioners in the West. It covers many topics, such as the distortions of perceptions, the Noble Truths, the higher knowledges, Nibbana, and others. 
Narrated by volunteer Saif Terai now also available as audiobook, for online streaming or free download.
Excerpt from The Manual of Insight:
Anicca-pariññā means either a perfect or a qualified knowledge of the law of death: conventional death and ultimate death. By “conventional death” we mean the kind of death concerning which we are accustomed to say, according to the conventional truth, that “to die some time is unavoidable for every living person or every living creature.” By ultimate death we mean the momentary death of mental and material phenomena, which occurs innumerable times even in one day. The former neither possesses the real salient feature of impermanence, nor does it lie properly within the domain of aniccā-pariññā, but only of the recollection of death (maraṇānussati). In fact, it is only the latter, ultimate death, which exhibits the salient feature of impermanence, and lies within the domain of aniccapariññā.
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Tasmā have appamatto, 
Anuyuñjetha paṇḍito;
Evaṃ anekānisaṃsaṃ, 
Imaṃ kāyagatāsatinti.
Truly a man, if he is wise,
Should devote himself persistently,
To what recompenses him so manifold,
And this is awareness directed to the body.
The lesson presents a selection of various small suttas collected in Ekakanipātapāḷi of the Aṅguttaranikāyo. The Buddha highlights multifarious positive benefits that can be achieved by a meditator who devotes oneself to practise one of the trainings highlighted by the Buddha in the Kāyagatāsatisutta and likewise in the kāyānupassanā-section of the Mahāsatipaṭṭhānasutta.
These trainings of kāyagatāsati start with ānāpānassati, followed by of iriyāpathapabbaṃ (maintaining awareness of postures), sampajānapabbaṃ (maintaining awareness through constant thorough understanding of impermanence), paṭikūlamanasikārapabbaṃ (reflections on repulsiveness), dhātumanasikārapabbaṃ (reflections on the material elements), and navasivathikapabbaṃ (nine charnel-ground observations).
Among various other good results and fruits for someone who practises ‘imaṃ kāyagatāsati’ this lesson lists: kāyopi passambhati (calming the body); cittampi passambhati (quietening the mind); satisampajaññāya saṃvattati (leading to the development of awareness and constant thorough understanding of impermanence); and mahayo yogakkhemāya saṃvattati (bearing great security from bondage).
On the other hand, the Buddha also points out that:
“Those do not enjoy deathlessness,
who do not uphold safeguarding of constant awareness of the body.”
“Amataṃ te, bhikkhave,
na paribhuñjanti ye kāyagatāsatiṃ na paribhuñjanti.”
Take ETP Lesson 3.8.5


Pariyatti facilitates pilgrimages for Vipassana meditators through India and Nepal, and Burma. Due to the pandemic we had to cancel all our pilgrimages in 2020 but are now tentatively planning to restart from November 2021 onwards. The next scheduled pilgrimage is:
Along the Path (North India & Nepal)
November 6–27, 2021
Bodhgaya by sunrise
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In light of the COVID-19 restrictions, the scheduled pilgrimage is tentative. Should it be cancelled before it commences, please rest assured that we will refund 100% of the fees.

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asokā — without sorrow, sorrowless
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