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The Visuddhimagga (Pali; English The Path of Purification), is the 'great treatise' on Theravada Buddhist doctrine written by Buddhaghosa approximately in 430 CE in Sri Lanka. It is a comprehensive manual condensing and systematizing the theoretical and practical teachings of the Buddha as they were understood by the elders of the Mahavihara Monastery in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

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Vipassanā Without Samatha?

I have heard it stated that vipassana can be practiced without samatha. Since samatha leads us to the early jhana factors of vitarka and vicara, how is it possible to do vipassana with wandering ...
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Statement from visuddhimagga regarding mental and material body

I found this statement in the Visuddhimagga; They cannot come to be by their own strength, Or yet maintain themselves by their own strength; Relying for support on other states, Weak in ...
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Why isn't Buddhānussati more popular in the West?

From what I understand in the suttas, unless you renounce the household life and desire almost entirely, chances are you won't eliminate the necessary fetters to achieve nibbana in this life. For ...
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How is it that we cycle through the nanas?

The knowledges(nanas) start at realizing mind and body. After the last knowledge, the practitioner goes back to realizing mind and body again? Is that correct? What is the difference between the ...
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Reference request: blame as the source of anger?

I am looking for a textual reference. I cannot recall the exact details but I will try my best; if anyone knows what I am referring to and can point me to the text, it would be much appreciated. The ...
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The path of jhana vs the path of dry insight

From everywhere I've read and heard in the suttas they talk about the jhanas being needed for insight, but as I understand it the Visuddhimagga gives the option of dry insight not requiring the jhanas....
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What is “vital formations”?

In this answer by @yuttadhammo, he quotes a section of the Visuddhimagga: After reciting the Pātimokkha, it seems, on the Uposatha day of the full moon, one of the two elders who were brothers ...
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Was meditation not practiced for most of the history of Buddhism?

In a recent Buddhist Geeks podcast the presenter Bodhipaksa stated that by the time the Buddhagosa wrote the commentary Visuddhimagga in the 5th Century CE, meditation had been largely abandoned. He ...
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Seeking sources on — practicing for this life alone is not even Dharma

The Gelugpa Lam Rim says that someone who practices for benefit in this life alone is not even practicing Dharma -- the minimum Dharmic motivation is to achieve better rebirth (and there are two ...
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How to calculate the number of years in a kalpa?

Wikipedia's Kalpa(aeon) in Buddhism article says, In another simple explanation, there are four different lengths of kalpas. A regular kalpa is approximately 16 million years long (16,798,000 years[...
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What is Nirodha?

I came across the concept of Nirodha in the book The Meditative Mind by Daniel Goleman. I think it's originally from the Visuddhimagga. In the book it seems to be placed above Nirvana in the path of ...
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How are the Seven Purifications (satta-visuddhi) practiced in daily life?

What are the 7 Purifications in laymans terms and how is this practiced in daily life?
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Does understanding the Visuddhimagga require a knowledge of the Pali Canon?

I quite fancy reading the Visuddhimagga at some point. I have heard good things about it. However I'm aware that it is a commentary on the Pali Canon and that has put me off starting it. How much of ...
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What are the ten courses of action (kamma)?

In the Visuddhimagga, on the topic of virtue, there is a reference to the ten courses of action (kamma): Furthermore, virtue as volition is the seven volitions [that accompany the first seven] of ...
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How do the stages of insight before stream entry relate to the suttas

Are the stages of knowledge before stream entry mentioned in the suttas? How does this correlate with the Visuddhimagga? E.g. sabba-kaya-patisamvedi (in some interpretations) may directly relate to ...
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Does enlightenment mean achieving purity?

Usually, the word enlightenment is not directly understandable; a newcomer might understand incorrectly. In the Visuddhimagga (Path to Purification, p. 6), Nibbana is illustrated as follows: "...
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What does it mean to 'advert' to the factors of jhana after emerging from jhana?

I think this all comes from the Visudhimagga's explanation of jhana. I'm not sure there's any references to a term similar to "advert" in the Canon, but I keep running into the term advert without any ...