LCM on Tipitaka
An expedient means that maintains a deep respect for the profound qualities of conditionalities and the knowledge to go beyond it.
More than two thousand five hundred years ago at Gaya, India, Sakyamuni Buddha, resplendent with his thirty-two great marks and multiple perfections of a Mahapurisa, sat under a luxuriant bodhi tree, preaching to a great assembly of bhikkhus.
The one thousand bhikkhus seated in mindful attentiveness filled the large clearing before Him. Many radiant gods and devas had gathered around.
The surrounding forest was softly silent and serene as the birds and animals respectfully halted their activities. With a lion’s roar, the Buddha preached the Fire Sermon.
While the Buddha was speaking, all the monks, delighted at His words, were enlightened.
It is conceivable that every word of Sakyamuni Buddha, a great being who had endeavoured for full awakening for four countless asankheyyas and 100,000 mahakappas for the liberation of sentient beings, would embody the essence of Enlightenment.
Indeed, before His Parinibbāna, He had proclaimed to His Bhikkhus that the Dhamma and Vinaya shall be their teacher after His demise.
Therefore, this Series aims to reveal that the key to awakening is in the ancient tradition of Listening, Contemplating, Meditating on the Pāli Tipitaka, the actual words of the Buddha.
The Pāli Tipitaka consists of the three collections of the Buddha’s words, namely, the Sutta Pitaka, Vinaya Pitaka and Abhidhamma Pitaka.
Generally, the Dhamma is practiced based on a progressive approach.
The Listening to or reading of the Pāli Tipitaka is considered Pariyatti (theory, intellectual study).
Then, the practitioner goes on to Patipatti (practice) and eventually penetrates the truth, Pativedha.
However, in the system of Listening, Contemplating, Meditating on the Pāli Tipitaka, the abovementioned processes are experienced in an integrated and even, concurrent manner.
Each book in this Series covers a critical aspect of one of the components of the Pāli Tipitaka of Sutta, Vinaya and Abhidhamma.
They provide guidance on how to effectively explore and utilise the Pāli Tipitaka through Listening, Contemplating, Meditating to unlock the Buddha’s wisdom and realisations embedded and preserved in the words.
While the books are aimed at enriching experienced and learned Dhamma practitioners, readers who are new to the Dhamma will also be able to enjoy and appreciate them.
Earnest seekers of the truth may find that the Series helps to fill in some of the gaps and enhance their views, knowledge and practice.
Written to provide a glimpse of the enlightened world of a Great Being, Mahapurisa, we hope that you will find the pages replete with multi-faceted gems of wisdom that inspire you to lead an awakened life, right here and right now.
The Jātaka Tales have been chosen to launch the Series as they are the expedient means to introduce the key concepts essential to the system of Listen, Contemplate, Meditate on the Pāli Tipitaka.
They are seemingly the lightest component of the Pāli Tipitaka and yet, they have the brilliant efficacy of transforming a person’s mind and attitudes, enroute to awakening from the captivating but deceptive reality of Samsara.
 Ādittapariyāya Sutta, Samyutta Nikāya 35.28
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 Mahaparinibānna Sutta, Digha Nikāya