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The Path of Purification

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The Path of Purification (originally titled Visuddhimagga in Pali), written by Buddhaghosa in the 5th century CE, is considered one of the most important texts in Theravada Buddhism outside of the core scriptures. It’s a comprehensive and systematic manual dedicated to Buddhist meditation practice and achieving mental purification.

The book delves into the core Buddhist teachings on morality (sila), meditation (samadhi), and wisdom (panna), providing detailed instructions and guidance on various meditation techniques. Often referred to as the “manual of Buddhist practice,” it offers a structured framework for individuals seeking to cultivate mindfulness, develop mental clarity, and ultimately attain liberation from suffering.

While known for its depth and detail, the book can be challenging for beginners due to its technical language and dense content. Nevertheless, “The Path of Purification” remains a valuable resource for serious practitioners and scholars of Theravada Buddhism.



Short introduction by Paitoon Songkaeo, 4 February 2024