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Vipassana, which means to see things as they
really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation.
More information about Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka is available
The tag Vipassana identifies products that are directly related to this
tradition and differentiates them from other Theravada resources
available on our site. While the main emphasis in Vipassana meditation
as taught by S.N. Goenka is on actual practice, this product may provide
inspiration and guidance to a Vipassana meditator.
We also carry titles from the Theravada tradition, as we feel that by exploring the wider world of the Theravada texts, which include the Buddha’s discourses, commentaries, and scholarly articles and treatises, meditators have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Dhamma and thereby enrich their meditation practice. This kind of intellectual exploration also helps a meditator to gain an understanding of the evolution and historical context of their meditation tradition. This understanding in turn deepens their practice and understanding of the Dhamma.
Q: Why have you decided to partner with Amazon for the printing and distribution of your books?
A: Pariyatti is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help disseminate the words of the Buddha.
The generosity of our customers and donors (donations make up ~25% of our revenue) is what has allowed Pariyatti to cover our annual shortfall, and permitted us to continue operations. We strive to continue to find ways to make best use of this hard-earned money, generously donated by so many to Pariyatti. One of these is to explore ways to optimize our operations.
Our goal is to disseminate Dhamma content. The choice of working with a given distribution partner is solely based on whether they can provide you, our customer (no matter where you live) with the item(s) you ordered in an accurate, timely, and reliable manner.
With the advent of eBooks and the internet, the entire book publishing and distribution industry has faced significant challenges. With these industry changes, and Pariyatti's additional challenges in serving a niche market with low sales volumes, it has been financially difficult to staff our own warehouse and operations. Year after year, the costs of maintaining our own warehouse has far exceeded the income.
By focusing on what we do best (such as make Dhamma content available at low or no cost), and partnering with others who have already built robust printing, packing, and delivery systems, we free up resources that can be redirected towards expanding Pariyatti's offerings for you.
We are always on the lookout for creative ways to make Dhamma content as widely and freely available as possible. If you have any ideas along these lines, please feel free to be in touch via [email protected] .
The Buddha saw the genesis of all problems and their solutions in the mind. An impure mind is the spring of all evils, of all kinds of problems and sufferings. And a pure mind is the panacea for all problems. Therefore the crux of his teaching is how to purify the mind. And mind can be purified by observing moral precepts (sīla), attaining concentration (samādhi) and developing insight wisdom (paññā). The importance of these three cornerstones of the Buddha’s teaching has been shown everywhere and are written about in this book of essays. This book is a collection of 28 essays written over a period of two decades and covers a wide variety of topics such as why Dhamma is compared to a wheel, how it’s founded on experience and reason, Buddha’s social philosophy and view on caste, good governance, and human rights. Other essays ask whether the Buddha’s views are relevant to modern issues like ecology, bioethics, and education while others focus on the cardinal teachings of the Buddha, the importance of Pāli literature, what real beauty is and how we can achieve world peace through peace of mind. Whether it is a spiritual problem or a social or material problem, the role of the mind is great. The three cornerstones of the Buddha’s teaching, sīla, samādhi and paññā, find place in practically all the essays collected here.
Most of these essays are published in different journals and proceedings of seminars, both national and international. The journals and proceedings include Journal of the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi; Proceedings of the International Buddhist Conference, Indosan Nipponji, (Japanese Temple) Bodh Gaya; Somaiya Publications Pvt Ltd, Mumbai; Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and Aryan Books International, New Delhi; Nava Nalanda Mahāvihāra, Nalanda Publications and Dr. Gustav Roth Felicitation Volume, Patna.