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To the End of Body and Mind: The Story of Nyāṇadīpa Bhante's Life and His Teachings at Bhaddeka Vihari Aranya
Compiled by Bhante Joe Atulo | Updated January 13th, 2021
In January 2020, Nyāṇadīpa Bhante came to stay at Bhaddeka Vihari Aranya. He was feeling in good health and was very open to discussing the Dhamma. Resident and visiting monks were able to gain inspiration from his teachings.
Bhante left for a short time but returned about a month later. He had recently seen a specialist and returned with the unfortunate news that he had less than a year to live. He secluded himself in his kuṭi to try to finish the work remaining for him. However, despite his unfortunate situation, he kindly agreed to conduct Dhamma discussions every Thursday.
Bhante generously shared his knowledge of the Dhamma with the monks and laypeople seated at his feet. For some of those who attended, it felt as if they were back in the time of the Buddha, learning the Dhamma from a great teacher in the seclusion of the forest. Even as his health declined, Bhante continued to teach. His Dhamma discussions spanned about six months in total.
This book is a compilation of the teachings Bhante gave. Since he spoke at length about his life, it also contains a biography. It is hoped that the teachings Bhante gave might bring spiritual benefits to the reader. It is also hoped that this book might convey some of the inspiration that one felt in the presence of one of Sri Lanka's great monks of the modern age.
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