Piya Tan's essays and papers

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1.10 The Dharma Ending Age A study of Buddhist prophecy based on early Pali sources

5.16 Dependent Arising (Paticca Samuppada)

8.6 Layman saints On the ease of gaining awakening.

10.1 Bodhipakkhiya Dhamma Limbs of Awakening (an introduction)

10.3 Cattaro Iddhipada (based on Samyutta 51) The Four Bases of Spiritual Power.

10.5 Panca Bala The Five Spiritual Powers.

12.1 Why the Budha "hesitated" to teach

15.1Bhavana (Mental cultivation) Principles of early Buddhist meditation

15.7 Buddhanussati A reflection on the Buddha's 9 virtues

17.2a Khandha 1 Rupa A study of the 1st aggregate (form)

17.2b Matter and momentsThe phases of matter & the theory of moments

17.3 Khandha 2 Vedana The 2nd aggregate: feeling; Datthabba Sutta (S 36.5)

17.4 Khandha 3 Sanna The 3rd aggregate (perception)

17.6 Khandha 4 Sankhara The 4th aggregate (formation)

17.8a Khandha 5 Vinnana (consciousness)

17.8b The Unconscious How the mind works, or are we really in control?

17.8c Meditation and Consciousness A random survey of recent developments

18.1 Karma. Moral and psychological ethnics as taught in the early Buddhist texts.

18.7 Beyond good and evil. Moral virtue as means and as ends.

18.11 Virtue ethics. A naturalistic conception of karma.

19.1 "I": the nature of identity How self-centredness arises.

19.2a "Me": The Nature of Conceit The psychological complexes and narcissism.

19.3 "Mine": The Nature of Craving. Craving, eternalism and nihilism

19.7 Nimitta: the radiant and blissful sign. How to enjoy and benefit from your meditation.

19.13 Atammayata: not making anything of that. Non-identification, deconstruction and non-duality.

19.14 Nimitta & anuvyanjana Sense-restraint & wise attention: how to master the senses.

20.1 Nibbida: Disillusionment and revulsion in spirituality. [The arhat's awareness of and response to ture reality.

20.4 Viveka,nissita: the dependent-on-solitude formula. [The stages to spiritual liberation]

21.6 Sila, samadhi, panna The three trainings in Early Buddhism

23.14 Vinnanatthiti The classification of living beings according to their consciousness

24.5 Meditation, the brain and survival The mind can be independent of body and brain.

24.6b Wanderers of today When teacher is placed above teaching [A reflection on the Anubaddha Bikkhu Sutta (S 47.3) a significant phenomenon in popular Malaysian Buddhist in the late 2oth century]

26.1 Dhamma and Abhidhamma  The nature and origins of Buddhist scholasticism and the dharma theory

26.2 Buddhist Atomism The theories of paramanu and kalapa in post-canonical Buddhism

26.3 Memes How religion imprisons and spirituality liberates.

26.9 Self and selves The nature of not-self & personal development

26.11 Language and Discourse Freeing the mind from noise.

27.5a Miracles The nature of supernatural and psychic powers.

27.5bMiraculous Stories: Buddhist-Christian Parallels

27.6a Pindola Bharadvaja The Foremost of Lion-roarers Amongst the Monks [Suttas, stories and significance of Pindola in the Pali sources]

27.6b Arhats Who Became Bodhisattvas Pindola and the Mahayana Arhats [Story and truth in Buddhist literature]

29.6a The body in Buddhism The matter of the mind: a psychological investigation

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