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The Perfections Leading to Enlightenment
Contributor(s): Boriharnwanaket, Sujin (Author), Van Gorkom, Nina (Translator)

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ISBN: 1897633238     ISBN-13: 9781897633236
Publisher: Zolag
OUR PRICE: $22.50  

Binding Type: Paperback
Published: January 2007

Annotation: This book on the Perfections is a study of the ten good qualities leading to enlightenment: generosity, morality, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, determination, loving-kindness, and equanimity.
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BISAC Categories:
- Religion | Buddhism - Theravada
- Religion | Comparative Religion
Dewey: 294
Physical Information: 0.47" H x 6" W x 9" (0.67 lbs) 204 pages
- Religious Orientation - Buddhist
Features: Glossary
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This book on the Perfections is a study of the ten good qualities leading to Enlightenment: generosity, morality, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, determination, loving-kindness, and equanimity. It shows when they are considered perfections and what hinders them. It shows the importance of developing them in daily life and how their cultivation is essential for the complete eradication of all defilements. Many quotes are used from the the original scriptures of Theravada Buddhism and for precision of understanding some Pali terms are used. The author is a prolific writer and broadcaster of Buddhist scriptures and has had several books published worldwide.

Contributor Bio(s): Boriharnwanaket, Sujin: - Birth Date: January 13, 1927. Place of Birth: Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. Dhamma Study: 1953: studied Abhidhamma at the Buddhist Association with Mrs.Naeb Mahaneranon, Mr.Boonmee Methangkul. Previous Dhamma Lectures: 1956: Dhamma lectures at the National Culture Congress and at the Women's Correctional Faculty, Department of Corrections, Klongprem, Bangkok. 1963: lectured on Abhidhamma at the Buddhist Research Center at Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan. 1967-1976: lectured on "The Foundation for Developing Right Understanding" at the Somdej's Residence, Mahatat-Yuwarachrangsarit Temple. 1976-2000: gave lectures on "The Foundation for Developing Right Understanding" at the Mahamakut Buddhist University, Wat Bowonniwet Vihara. Lectured on Abhidhamma at Buddhist societies in various universities such as Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University, Srinakharinwirot University, Kasetsart University, The Royal Thai Airforce Acadēmy, and others. Lectured on Dhamma to many government departments, including the 2nd Wing Division of the Royal Thai Airforce, Lopburi, Siriraj Hospital, Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, Phra Mongkut Klao Hospital and others. 1976- to the present. Lectures on Abhidhamma to members of Buddhist Assemblies at various universities, and has presided over Q&A sessions with Buddhist monks, novices, and lay devotees at a number of places in Bangkok and other provinces 1977. Invited to participate in a Conference on Buddhist Dhamma in Sri Lanka 1992 and 2000 and invited to present Dhamma instruction in the Kingdom of Cambodia 1998, 2000, 2002: invited to Dhamma talks in the U.S.A. 2000: to the present, Dhamma talks on "The Foundation for Developing Right Understanding" at the Dhamma Study and Support Foundation 2002: the Committee of Religion, Art and Culture, The House of Representatives, invited Ms.Sujin and scholars from the Dhamma Study and Support Foundation to hold Dhamma Discussions at Parliament House. . Ms Sujin Boriharnwanaket has written more than fifteen books on Buddhism including "A Survey of Paramattha Dhamma" and "The Conditionality of Life": Her lectures are broadcast from more than twenty broadcasting stations throughout Thailand. Honours Received 1985: granted an emblem of honour by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn in recognition of the great benefits derived from her total dedication to Buddhism. May 30, 2002: Honorary Masters Degree in Religious Studies (Buddhism) from Mahamakut Buddhist University. March 7, 2007: Outstanding Award for Women in Buddhism, on the Occasion of International Women's Day by the United Nations. May 25, 2008: Honorary Doctorate Degree in Religious Studies (Buddhism) from Mahamakut Buddhist University. April 22, 2009: Emblem of Honor presented by the Committee for Religion, Art and Culture of the House of Representatives. Present Position: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dhamma Study and Support Foundation, registration no. 2522, August 1, 1984. Address: 174/1 Charoen Nakorn 78, Dao Khanong, Thonburi, Bangkok 10600, Thailand; Tel: +662-468-0239; website: www.dhammahome.com.Van Gorkom, Nina: - Nina van Gorkom was born in 1928 to a family of socialist intellectuals. Her father was a member of the Dutch parliament. She studied at Leyden University and during this time she became a Catholic. In 1952, she married Lodewijk van Gorkom, a Dutch diplomat. In 1965, Lodewijk was posted to Thailand and Nina started learning the Thai language. She took a keen interest in Buddhism, attending classes for foreigners at Wat Mahathat. There she met, in the summer of 1966, Sujin Boriharnwanaket. Impressed by the profundity of the Buddhist teachings, she became convinced of the truth of the Buddha's words and later assisted Khun Sujin in discussions about Buddhism for Thai radio stations. These talks were later published as Buddhism in Daily Life, her first book. Nina and Lodewijk left Thailand in 1970 and lived in Japan, New York, Indonesia (where Lodewijk was the Dutch ambassador) and Austria. Lodewijk retired in 1990 and she now lives in The Hague in Holland. Nina's writings are well-known amongst English speaking Buddhists, and she is highly respected in Thailand where several of her books have been translated into the Thai language with (after many reprints) over one hundred thousand copies now. Her books have also been translated in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, China, Vietnam and Germany.
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