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Nibbana and the Evolution of the 'Post-Arahat' (eBook)

Nibbana and the Evolution of the 'Post-Arahat' (eBook)

A concise exposition of Buddha's philosophy

by Naresh Lokhande (5 reviews, add another)
Type: e-book
Genre: Philosophy
Language: English
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Description of "Nibbana and the Evolution of the 'Post-Arahat' (eBook)"

This slim book attempts to explain in a simple yet comprehensive manner the basic philosophy of the Buddha which, due to multiple translations and interpretations over hundreds of years, has become too heavy for most people to clearly understand it. And while doing so, it also brings to light a facet of the philosophy which has largely remained unexplored so far.

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Naresh Lokhande is a former journalist, now a lawyer. He is the author of 'The Manasputra', a mystery novel which unravels the deep, insidious workings of the caste system. He resides in Nagpur.

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This book offers pioneering insight into the supreme knowledge and philosophy of the Buddha. Highly recommended. But needs to be read slowly, carefully.
Awesome book writtten by Naresh
Parag

There are three strong points of this book. First, it’s been written out of recognition of the need for a clear exposition of the central core of Buddha’s philosophy, in an environment suffused with confusing variations. I have read numerous books on Buddhism, most of them containing more than 100 pages each. Yet I have never understood exactly what the Buddha is trying to tell us. I have understood it fully, for the first time, by reading this book. By sticking to the philosophical aspect alone, the author has succeeded in bringing out the central core. He has even avoided citations, quotations and metaphors, perhaps to keep us focussed on the philosophy.

Second, the author has explained regular Buddhist terms – such as Samsara, Nibbana, Kamma, rebirth, self, etc – from an altogether new perspective which, I am sure, will change our understanding of Buddha’s philosophy. So, Samsara is not actually the endless chain of birth and rebirth but an endless chain or sequence of ‘becomings’, and Nibbana is liberation from this chain of becomings. What is depicted in the Wheel of Life, according to the author, is the evolution of becomings, this evolution being led by the mind (feelings and desires). This is the first analysis of the Wheel of Life which I have found as making sense and as what the Buddha really wants to show as to how our present state of existence has come into being.

Dukkha is a fact of our present state of existence which is conditioned existence. In order to end Dukkha, the Buddha wants us to abandon this state and aspire for an unconditioned state of existence. What is this state? – This, the author says, is the state of the ‘Post-Arahat’ (based on ‘anupadisesa nibbanadhatu’). According to him, the ‘Post-Arahat’ is the ultimate goal of Buddha’s philosophy, and this goal is to be attained not individually but by the whole community of human beings, hence the establishment of the Sangha.

Frankly, I have never come across ‘Post-Arahat’ in Buddhist literature before. Nonetheless, it is an astonishing, revolutionary and believable reading of ‘anupadisesa nibbanadhatu’ made by the author. The ‘Post-Arahat’, I think, is the most beautiful goal ever set up by any religion/ philosophy for the aspiration of human beings, a goal that can be attained by unified human effort.

Third, the book has only 31 pages. I am glad I read it (and read it twice within a day). I am thrilled that I can now say with confidence that the Buddha was the world’s greatest philosopher and guide ever.

Re: Nibbana and the Evolution of the 'Post-Arahat' (eBook) by mlokhanul
18 February 2018 - 9:37pm

Excellent piece of writing, very concise and to the point.
The writer demonstrates a good knowledge about the subject. It is a well researched writing and brings out the main idea behind Buddhism.

It showcases the aspects of Buddhism which are mostly missed by common public in various Buddhist literature.

Full marks to the author for bringing out the gist of Buddhism in such simple and easy language.

- Mahesh

Re: Nibbana and the Evolution of the 'Post-Arahat' (eBook) by pshamkunwar
17 February 2018 - 12:42pm

Must Read !!!! For every one who wishes to know Buddha's teaching in simple lay person language and also very useful for people who have background to understand principles of Dhamma I found this very pragmatic compared to other commentaries and essays written on this topic. The best thing about the book is such a vast topic is condensed in less than 30 pages, which one can finish in a day's effort worth reading and recommended

Must compliment author for his efforts to research and present to humans in simple language

Dear all,

Excellent exposition by Naresh on Buddha's teachings in continuation of his previous novel "Manasputra"!

Loved every bit of it and couldn't stop it until the end. Thanks for making it so concise and lucid for beginners as well as those treading the path of Dhamma!

Highly recommended for readers of all age! This has certainly ignited a spark of learning and practising the path of Dhamma!

Deeply touched and indebted for taking efforts to bring it to masses!

With gratitude and metta,
Vinaya

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