Bhikkhu Anālayo

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization

This book helps to fill what has long been a glaring gap in the scholarship on Early Buddhism, offering us a detailed textual study of the Satipatthana Sutta, the foundational Buddhist discourse on meditation practice.

With painstaking thoroughness, Bhikkhu Analayo marshals the suttas of the Pali canon, works of modern scholarship, and the teachings of present-day meditation masters to make the rich implications of this text, so concise in the original, clear to contemporary students of the Dharma.

Unlike more popular books on the subject, he is not out to establish the exclusive validity of one particular system of meditation as against others; his aim, rather, is to explore the sutta as a wide-ranging and multi-faceted source of guidance which allows for alternative interpretations and approaches to practice. His analysis combines the detached objectivity of the academic scholar with the engaged concern of the practitioner for whom meditation is a way of life rather than just a subject of study.

The book should prove to be of value both to scholars of Early Buddhism and to serious meditators alike. Ideally, it will encourage in both types of reader the same wholesome synthesis of scholarship and practice that underlies the author’s own treatment of his subject.

– by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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About Bhikkhu Anālayo

Bhikkhu Anālayo was born in Germany in 1962, and became a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in 1995. He is best known for his comparative studies of Early Buddhist Texts as preserved by the various early Buddhist traditions and completed a PhD thesis on the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta at the University of Peradeniya in 2000, which was later published as Satipaṭṭhāna, the Direct Path to Realization.

Central to Bhikkhu Anālayo's academic activity remain theoretical and practical aspects of meditation. He has published several articles on insight and concentration meditation and related contemporary meditation traditions to their textual sources.

You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the way

Buddha, Dhp 276