2. The Concept of Pariyogāhaṇa in the Epistemology of the Paṭisambhidāmagga: An Immersion in Knowledge and Liberation

Teaching Awareness in the Buddhist Tradition - Essays in Honour of Professor Corrado Pensa - Chiara Neri

Giuliano Giustarini [+-]
Mahidol University
Giuliano Giustarini is Lecturer in Buddhist Studies and Pāli Grammar at Mahidol University (Nakhon Pathom) and translator of the Pāli Nikāyas for the Fondazione Maitreya (Rome). His main interests include the Suttapiṭaka and Abhidhammapiṭaka with their commentaries, and Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Among his recent publications are: ‘Intrauterine Dependent Origination: A Translation of the Indakasutta and its Commentaries’, Journal of Indian Philosophy 2021, and ‘On Some References of the Buddhapādamaṅgala to the Suttapiṭaka and the Abhidhammapiṭaka,’ Kervan, International Journal of Afro-Asiatic Studies, 2021.

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In an attempt to condense the contents of Pāli Suttas and Abhidhamma, it is relatively safe to affirm that they consist in the teachings of the Buddha on the path to liberation – from the cycle of births (saṃsāra) dominated by suffering/unsatisfactoriness (dukkha). According to these teachings, the goal of this path is ultimately achieved by means of a dramatic shift of the cognitive paradigm, preceded by a gradual development and refinement of cognitive factors. In this regard, an early exegetical Pāli text included in the Sutta Piṭaka, the Paṭisambhidāmagga, introduces the concept of ‘immersion-awareness’ (pariyogāhaṇa-ñāṇa) and ascribes a crucial role to it, strictly related to the exertion of contemplative and investigative techniques. This study aims at exploring the notion of pariyogāhaṇa and its contribution to the understanding of Pāli Buddhist epistemology.

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Giustarini, Giuliano. 2. The Concept of Pariyogāhaṇa in the Epistemology of the Paṭisambhidāmagga: An Immersion in Knowledge and Liberation. Teaching Awareness in the Buddhist Tradition - Essays in Honour of Professor Corrado Pensa. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2023. ISBN 9781800503311. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44241. Date accessed: 26 Nov 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44241. Oct 2023

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