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Burmese Buddha Statue
 
सब्बन्तरायविमुत्तो,
अग्गलमुत्तो सब्बधि;
सब्बब्यवधानमुत्तो,
बुद्धं तं पणमाम्यहं.

Sabbantarāyavimutto,
Aggalamutto sabbadhi;
Sabbabyavadhānamutto,
Buddhaṃ taṃ paṇamāmyahaṃ.

I bow to the Buddha,
Who was free of all hindrances,
In every way, free of all obstructions,
Fetters and impediments.
 
 
Vocabulary:
sabbantarāyavimutto - free of all hindrances
antarāyo - obstacle, hindrance, obstruction
aggalamutto sabbadhi - free of all obstructions
aggala - lit: bolt fastening the door: can not enter, fig.: obstruction
sabbabyavadhānamutto - free of all fetters and impediments
byavadhāna/vyavadhāna - covering, shelter

Five Hindrances

Pañca Nīvaraṇa
kāmacchanda - craving
vyāpāda - aversion, ill will, desire to injure, hatred
thīna-middha - sluggishness, sloth, torper
uddhacca-kukkucca - agitation
vicikicchā - doubt, perplexity, uncertainty

Cultivating Inner Peace
Chapters released as Podcasts

Every week or two we will be releasing new chapters of the audiobook Cultivating Inner Peace as read by the author, Dr. Paul R. Fleischman, as podcasts. These podcasts explore the psychology, wisdom and poetry of Gandhi, Thoreau, the Buddha and others. So far, we have released five chapters. May they be of inspiration to many!
Stream or Download CIP Chapters
Cover from Cultivating Inner Peace
Endorsements for Cultivating Inner Peace:
 
 
A must-read for all seekers who have begun to sense that the way is essentially an inward turning one.
—John Beary, Center Teacher for Dhamma Mahavana, California, USA
Cultivating Inner Peace may be even more relevant in these times of social, political and environmental strife, than it was when Paul first wrote it in the 1990s. Listening to Paul give talks is always a pleasure, but listening to him read what he has written is a gift. He imbues the already lyrical prose of Cultivating Inner Peace with a resonant beauty that makes it a delight to hear, emphasizing words and phrases to bring their true meaning more apparent.
—Karen Donovan, Center Teacher for Dhamma Santosa, California, USA

More than a bookstore

Storefront gooseberries
Our bookstore in Onalaska, Washington State, closed its doors to the public back in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic (we kept shipping online orders worldwide as usual). We are now opening our doors again to visitors—on appointment mainly, and of course following social-distancing guidelines. So, please do call to see if our warehouse staff is present when you are in the area and would like to browse our catalog in person. We are also open again on the mornings that courses end at our local Vipassana center, Dhamma Kuñja.
 
Our warehouse team said they did manage to eat the above-pictured gooseberries by themselves, but that they had missed sharing them with visitors.
 
 
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Weekly Dhamma Story Times 
When the lockdown started we launched Dhamma Story Time: a weekly series of 30-minute online reading sessions, scheduled on different days and times each week to cater to different time zones. These sessions are still running. The volunteer readers choose texts from our catalog that they find inspiring. In previous sessions, stories were read from the Dhammapada, about the disciples of the Buddha, and on social and communal harmony. 
 
The sessions are hosted using GoToMeeting; the schedule and information on how to join are posted on pariyatti.org/DST.
world map - global community
Did you know you can search the Pariyatti website for resources by language? 
 
If you live outside the USA and are looking to order print books, please check out our list of non-US retailers as this could save you in shipping costs. We are also setting up our titles with Amazon's print-on-demand service, so you may be able to order our books directly from Amazon in your country.

Now also Available in eBook Formats

The Manual of Light /
The Manual of the Path to Higher Knowledge
book cover
The omnibus The Manual of Light (Vijjāmagga Dīpanī) / The Manual of the Path to Higher Knowledge (Vijjāmagga Dīpanī) has now been added to our catalog in eBook formats (Mobi/ePub/PDF). 
 
This Pariyatti Edition eBook contains two advanced expositions on the development of higher insight knowledge by the renowned Burmese scholar monk and meditation master Ledi Sayādaw.
 
Topics include dependent origination, kamma, causality, and nibbāna. 
Enemies
Excerpt from The Discourse Summaries (Day Six) by S.N. Goenka:
 
This is not a path of pessimism. Dhamma teaches us to accept the bitter truth of suffering, but it also shows the way out of suffering. For this reason it is a path of optimism, combined with realism, and also ‘workism’— each person has to work to liberate himself or herself. In a few words, the entire path was explained:
 
“All saṅkhārā are impermanent”
When one perceives this with true insight,
then one becomes detached from suffering;
this is the path of purification.
The old mental habit is to seek to push away painful sensations and to pull in pleasurable ones. So long as one is involved in the game of pain-and-pleasure, push-and-pull, the mind remains agitated, and one’s misery increases. But once one learns to observe objectively without identifying with the sensations, then the process of purification starts, and the old habit of blind reaction and of multiplying one’s misery is gradually weakened and broken. One must learn how to just observe.
Of course there are hindrances, obstacles on the way: five strong enemies which try to overpower you and stop your progress. The first two enemies are craving and aversion. The purpose of practicing Vipassana is to eliminate these two basic mental defilements, yet they may arise even while you meditate, and if they overwhelm the mind, the process of purification stops. You may crave for subtle sensations, or even for nibbāna; it makes no difference. Craving is a fire that burns, no matter what the fuel; it takes you in the opposite direction from liberation. Similarly, you may start generating aversion towards the pain that you experience, and again you are off the track.
Another enemy is laziness, drowsiness. All night you slept soundly, and yet when you sit to meditate, you feel very sleepy. This sleepiness is caused by your mental impurities, which would be driven out by the practice of Vipassana, and which therefore try to stop you from meditating. You must fight to prevent this enemy from overpowering you.
Constant Effort
The following passage is taken from the eBook The Five Mental Hindrances (Wheel Publication No. 26):
 
This widespread harmful influence of the five hindrances shows the urgent necessity of breaking down their power by constant effort. One should not believe it sufficient to turn one’s attention to the hindrances only at the moment when one sits down for meditation. Such last-minute effort in suppressing the hindrances will rarely be successful unless helped by previous endeavour during one’s ordinary life. One who earnestly aspires to the unshakable deliverance of the mind should, therefore, select a definite “working-ground” of a direct and practical import: a kammaṭṭhāna [1] in its widest sense, on which the structure of his entire life should be based.
 

Maha Bodhi Journal Collection 

Don't Miss Out on the Auction on eBay
(August 11–August 16)
Images of selection journals
Our warehouse staff did not sit still during the lockdown. Apart from their usual shipping and stocking activities, they have been clearing the field around the warehouse (bye bye, brambles), as well as spring cleaning and sorting the warehouse itself.
 
Over the years many Dhamma books have been donated to us that are not necessarily part of our catalog. Although some are true collectors’ items and we loved having them around, it was time to clear out this varied assortment. We will be auctioning a number of books on eBay during the coming months.
 
The first item to be auctioned off on eBay is a collection of 121 issues of the Maha Bodhi Journal published between 1946 and 1986 (Volumes 54 to 94). The Maha Bodhi Journal is the oldest Buddhist journal in English and has been published by the Maha Bodhi Society of India since May 1892. This auction also includes five years of the Annual Report of the Maha Bodhi Society between 1946-1956.
 
The auction will run for five days—it started at midnight on Tuesday August 11 (PDT, GMT -7).
Place a Bid or Buy Now on eBay

Pilgrimages

Pariyatti organizes pilgrimages for Vipassana students of S.N. Goenka. The itinerary of Along the Path enables meditators to visit and meditate at the four great places related to the Buddha's life, as well as four other inspiring and important locations in India & Nepal; The Golden Path travels to the main sites associated with the chain of teachers in the tradition of Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka in Burma (Myanmar).
Collage Pariyatti Pilgrimage Images
Upcoming Dates - 朝圣之旅,启程在即
Along the Path (North India & Nepal)
朝圣路上 – 印度、尼泊尔
 
November 1–22, 2020
*
January 30–February 20, 2021 (English/ Chinese)
2021年1月30日至2月20
*
February 27–March 20, 2021
 
 
 
 
The Golden Path (Burma) * English/Chinese 
金色之旅 – 缅甸朝圣
 
January 9–26, 2021
2021年01月09日 – 26日
Learn More & Apply for Pilgrimage
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still uncertain whether we will be able to proceed with our scheduled pilgrimages. If any pilgrimage is cancelled before it commences, please rest assured that we will refund 100% of the fees.

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Pāli Word
 
samatikkamāya — for the overcoming of, passing beyond
 
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