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The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw

Erik Braun

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226000800
eISBN:
9780226000947
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226000947.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book explores the rise of insight meditation (vipassanā) as a widespread lay movement in Burma during British colonial rule. It does this through a study of one of its key architects, the ... More


The Great War of the Commentaries: Ledi Sayadaw’s Abhidhamma Controversy

Erik Braun

in The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226000800
eISBN:
9780226000947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226000947.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The central question driving this chapter is why Ledi’s highly technical and complex Abhidhamma commentary, the Paramatthadīpanī, caused tremendous controversy starting from its publication in 1901. ... More


“In the Hands of All the People”: Ledi Empowers the Laity

Erik Braun

in The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226000800
eISBN:
9780226000947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226000947.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter explores Ledi Sayadaw’s efforts after 1900 to popularize study and practice among the laity. He exploited print culture, producing many vernacular writings, he went on wide-ranging ... More


“In This Very Life”: Lay Study of the Abhidhamma

Erik Braun

in The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226000800
eISBN:
9780226000947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226000947.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines Ledi Sayadaw’s Paramattha sa? khip‘, a Burmese-language poem published in 1904 that condenses the seven canonical books of the Abhidhamma into 690 easy-to-learn verses. Through ... More


The Birth of Insight

Erik Braun

in The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226000800
eISBN:
9780226000947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226000947.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines works on meditation by Ledi Sayadaw to show his vision of meditative practice, grounded in features described in earlier chapters. Ledi popularizes practice for all people, ... More


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