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Theravada Buddhism

see Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, Yogachara, Visuddhimagga

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha of Acariya Anuruddha edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi (publisher link)

There is no better introduction to an understanding of the mind and its working than this volume, which describes the philosophical psychology of Buddhism. The present volume was edited and translated by the Sri Lankan scholar-monk Mahathera Marada and first published in 1956. This translation has now been revised by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, with Ven. Rewata Dhamma and Abhidhamma tables by U Silananda. A long introduction explains the basic principles of the Ahbidhamma, while the book specially features 48 charts and tables which represent the subject in a visually accessible format.

The Vision of Dhamma by Nyanaponika Thera (Publisher link) The distinguished German scholar-monk Nyanaponika Thera explains some of the core issues in the teachings of the Buddha in lucid and accessible language. His The Vision of Dhamma, an intuitive grasp into the real nature of existence, is a modern "Guide for the Perplexed." Nyanponika incorporates a deep and rich knowledge of the recorded teachings of the Buddha with his native understanding of issues of importance to the modern Western mind in an exploration of topics such as Kamma (Karma), Nibbana (Nirvana), Devotion in Buddhism, and the Way to Freedom from Suffering.

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