Books, Bhikkhu Cintita
Buddhist Life / Buddhist Path: the foundations of Buddhist based on earliest sources. This textbook, bases on the earliest stratum of Buddhist texts, provides a holistic and proportionate account of the range of the Buddha’s Dharma, interpreted for the modern student. We discover in the earliest teachings a corpus that is astonishingly profound and comprehensive, consistent, brilliantly coherent and still intelligible today. Topics include not only the higher training of meditation, psychology and the path to awakening, but also practical advice on virtue, harmony, community and basic human values. This book is divided into two parts, each of which can be studied independently: Buddhist Life concerns living devoutly, virtuously, harmoniously and in community. Buddhist Path, on the higher course of training toward awakening based on the noble eightfold path.
This book is currently offered in almost finished draft form. The final edition should be available in the Spring of 2017.
A Culture of Awakening: the life and times of the Buddha-Sasana. The Buddha-Sāsana, is the living Dharma, that is, Buddhism in its personal, cultural, social and historical dimensions, something organic, located in time and space, that can grow, thrive, self-regulate, propagate, uphold authenticity, and brighten any landscape with its civilizing influence. It was explicitly propounded in the early teachings of the Buddha and set in motion in a form and functionality that it has maintained surprisingly well over a span of a hundred generations. The Buddha-Sasana is the source of the malleability and resilience that once made Buddhism the first world religion and that is characteristic of Buddhism to this day. It has been the basis of a culture of Awakening in many Asian lands.
This rather unique book lays bare the inner life of the Buddha-Sasana to reveal why Buddhism has proved so adaptable to cultural influences yet so faithful to its original message. Significantly, it explores the condition of the Buddha-Sasana as it is taking root in the West. It will be an aid in developing healthy and inclusive Buddhist communities, in instilling a sense of responsibility for upholding the Sasana, in understanding and navigating the many varieties of Buddhist doctrine, and in making sense of the variety of “religious accretions” in Buddhism. (Click image for more.)
One begins life with a certain innate personality, what Buddhists have interpreted as residual karma from a previous life, a lump of clay already exhibiting certain surprisingly distinctive qualities. As a boy and then a man grows, he makes life decisions and takes on certain behaviors under the influence of the world in which he lives, he slowly but continually, aware of it or not, shapes and reshapes that lump into different forms, which are typically at each stage not an improvement. To commit to Buddhist practice is to undertake to shape that lump of clay into something astonishingly beautiful, something imbued with virtue, serenity and wisdom, in sharp contrast world in which that life is lived. To take up monastic practice is to recognize the preposterous quality of conventional life that threatens at each stage to choke off this beauty. It is to pass through the Looking Glass to live on the other side according to the way things really are rather than how they appear. This is the story of my attempt to live the promise of the monastic path. (Click image for more.)
- Buddhist Life / Buddhist Path: the foundations of Buddhism based on earliest sources.
- The Life and Times of Sitagu Sayadaw: a biography.
- The Parittas: Burmese versions, romanized with English translations.