THE DELUSION OF SELF
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Note by the publisher
In 2004 the author of this book published “DIALOGUES ON DHAMMA – The Dhamma that Reveals the DECEPTION – the ‘Self’ – Behind our Living-Experience” (470).
A number of readers, particularly in U.S.A., while expressing appreciation of the book, commented that the use of too many Pali words and the religious terminology was an obstacle for readily grasping the message that the writer intended to communicate.
They also observed that the nature of the subject matter demanded constant reference and review, and as such it would have been preferable if the book came ‘in a size convenient to handle, and easy to take along’.
It was these responses that prompted the author to bring out a completely revised edition of the “DIALOGUES” under the title “Enlightenment is Your Birthright” in two Parts : Part I - Theory and Part II - Practice.
An Annotated Index provides a summarized over-view of the Contents of the book with connotations of words and terms that are specific to the subject of Psycho-physics, the essential Teachings of the Buddha. This seemed necessary on account of doing away with the Pali terms in the body of the text.
The author, my father, says he learnt Pali and Logic which he offered for his Bachelor’s Degree in Arts of the London University (in 1949) and he learnt Educational Psychology which he offered for his Master’s Degree in Education at the Teachers College of Columbia University in 1956-57.
He practised Vipassana Meditation under venerable Kahatapitiye Sumathipala Nayaka Thera (in 1976) who was at that time the Chief Meditation Master at Kanduboda Siyane Vipassana Meditation Center, Sri Lanka.
In evaluating his academic and professional acquisitions, he rates very highly the ‘kind of education’ he received through vipassana. He says ‘to educate’ means (e-duco) to ‘educe’, to discover, to bring out and develop the Hidden Light, that Brightness, that ‘Illumination’ that lies covered and latent within every human being.
‘Conventional Education’, on the other hand he says “conditions and cultures the individual to fit into the un-certain, un-defined needs of an ever-changing society, by filling and overloading the individual’s mind with encyclopedic knowledge and un-assorted skills for which one’s life-time is hardly sufficient. The result of that system, he says, is for the large majority of human beings to end up frustrated and depressed, having failed to come up to the first three places in the maddening race.”
The Author was particular in expressing his indebtedness to two sources that had inspired his search into the essentials of the Teachings of the Buddha that have come down in a massive quantum of literature accumulated during a period of over twenty five centuries.
One was “Concept and reality” by Venerable Katukurunde annanda Thera and published by the Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, (1976).
The other was Clearing the Path – Writings of Venerable navira Thera (1960-65) compiled by Samanera Bodhasekho (Path Press) re-published by the Buddhist cultural center Nedimala, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka.
The Author’s other publications.
We are listing these only to show the author’s concentrated effort in emphasizing the experiential approach as the only way to understand the Buddha’s Teachings in a manner that can be truly beneficial.
1. The World-view of the Buddhist – All is Impermanent (A booklet published by the Buddhist Information Center, Colombo 7, (1980).
2. Budun daka nivan dakina dhami aasa hevath sovan maga heli karima(2000). This is a commentary in Sinhala on Venerable naviras exposition of the Law of Dependent Origination and Clearing the Path for Stream Entry.
3. Dialogues on Dhamma – Dhamma that Reveals the deception (the Self) behind our Living-experience (2004). This is a compilation adapted from a series of dialogues on “Dhamma in Daily Life” telecaste over Independent Television Network (from 1993-1999).
4. In Sinhala – “The Way to Experience the Buddha’s Teachings Within Oneself by Oneself” (2006)
5. In Sinhala – “Knowing and Seeing the Truth in the way it has Actually Come to be”. This is an adaptation from a series of talks given atVenerable Dr. Horana Vajiranana memorial MeditationCenter at Horana during a six year period (upto 2007).
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