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<p>From Introduction: It is increasingly common for those doing research on meditation to be meditators themselves. Such people are far better equipped than non-meditator researchers to arrive at balanced and well informed conclusions. Textual scholars who meditate are in a position to interpret the textual accounts of meditation intelligibly and realistically, and perhaps to correlate otherwise obscure statements with actual meditative techniques and attainments. Psychologist-meditators, with their training in detached observation and their technical vocabulary, are in a position to formulate accurate and insightful descriptions and interpretations of what they experience in their meditation. Such factors have contributed to the recent rapid growth of well informed writings on Buddhist meditation. The present collection of twenty-eight readings is designed to give meditators, researchers, and general readers ready access to representative samples of those writings, and to the principal relevant texts. The readings are grouped under four headings, arranged in roughly chronological order, as follows. Section I. Pali Sources... Section II. Classical Masters... Section III. contemporary Masters... Section IV. Personal Accounts...</p>
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<p>This facility enables one to identify the Chinese, Tibetan, and Sanskrit "parallels" or "counterparts" to the suttas of the four main Pali Nikayas - or vice versa. It is designed for those whose interest in the Early Buddhist discourses extends beyond the limits of the Pali Sutta-piṭaka to include the extensive corresponding materials found elsewhere: the Agamas and individual sutras preserved in Chinese, the occasional sutra translations contained in the Tibetan Kanjur, and the numerous published fragments of sutras in Sanskrit and related languages. It is an up-dated and revised successor to Akanuma's <em>Comparative Catalogue of Chinese Agamas &amp; Pali Nikayas</em> (1929), and is the natural starting point in navigating around this vast mass of textual material.</p>