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The Path of Purification
The Path of Purification

The Path of Purification



950 Pages, 6 x 9

Trade Paper, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $49.95)

Publication Date: September 2003

ISBN 9781928706014

Rights: WOR

Pariyatti Publishing (Sep 2003)
BPS Pariyatti Editions

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A translation of one of Buddhism’s foundational and timeless treatises

One of Buddhism’s foundational texts, the Visuddhimagga is a systematic examination and condensation of Buddhist doctrine and meditation technique. The various teachings of the Buddha found throughout the Pali canon are organized in a clear, comprehensive path leading to the final goal of nibbana, the state of complete purification. Originally composed in the fifth century, this new translation provides English speakers insights into this foundational text. In the course of this treatise full and detailed instructions are given on 40 subjects of meditation aimed at concentration, an elaborate account of Buddhist Abhidhamma philosophy, and explicit descriptions of the stages of insight culminating in final liberation. This replaces 9552400236.


“Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa’s Visuddhimagga . . . represents the epitome of Pali Buddhist literature, weaving together its many strands to create this wonderful meditation manual, which even today retains the clarity it revealed when it was written.”  —His Holiness the Dali Lama

Author Biography

Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa composed the Visuddhimagga in the early part of the fifth century. Bhikkhu -anamoli was ordained as a monk in Sri Lanka, where he spent 11 years translating the texts of the Theravada Buddhism. He was the author of The Discourse on Right View, Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, and The Life of the Buddha.