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Vipassana, which means to see things as they
really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation.
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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.x
This book is a good introduction to understanding the parts, structure, and meanings of the Tipiṭaka. Tipiṭaka is the Pāli word meaning "Three Baskets" used to describe the body of discourses and teachings (in three categories) credited to Siddhartha Gotama, or the historical Buddha. It is also called the Pāli Canon. Specialized monks memorized his stories and discourses for centuries before coming together to put them into one body of work.
A descriptive overview is given for each section, or "basket" of the Tipiṭaka, including the Vinaya Piṭaka (code of disciplinary rules for monks and nuns), Abhidhamma Piṭaka (collection of philosophical treatises), and the Sutta Piṭaka (Buddha's discourses).
The author of this concise guide to the Tipiṭaka is U Ko Lay, formerly the Vice-Chancellor of Mandalay University and a devoted student of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.