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CHAPTER 1 -
An Overview
CHAPTER 2 -
The Practice of Virtue
CHAPTER 3 -
Concentration
CHAPTER 4 -
The Development of Insight
APPENDIXES
Table of Contents

Forward
    How this book came to be
    How to use this book
Introduction

Chapter 1
An Overview

Section 1
Delineation of Approach

    Ethics, Concentration, Understanding
    Ways to Achieve the Goal
    The Natural Mind
    19 Methods
    Mindfulness
    Ancient Commentaries
    Training
    Avoiding the Two Extremes
    Resulting Benefits
    The Four Paths

Section 2
Basic Standard of Conduct

    Livelihood
    The Community
    Different ways of Developing Virtue
        To Serve a Teacher
        The Study of Consciousness
        Restraint
    Sila or the Cool Clear State
        Recognition
        Virtue as a Physical Base
        Hypocrisy
    The Function of Virtue
        Natural & Conventional Morality
        Bodily Purity
        Verbal Purity
        Mental Purity
    Benefits of Virtue
    Degrees of Virtue
    Limited or Unlimited Benefits

Section 3
Motivation

    The Purpose
    Inferior, Medium and Superior
    Altruism and Virtue
    Commitment
    The Rules
    Attitude

Section 4
Mechanics of the Mind

    Guarding the Doors
    Habitual Stimuli
    Inner Plane
    The Sign
    The Training
    An Example

Section 5
Natural Wisdom

    Basic Principles
    The Natural Mind of Enlightenment

Chapter 2
The Practice of Virtue

Section 1
Guidelines for Behavior

Recognition
    The Five Precepts
        1. I undertake to train myself to abstain from killing
    The Five Methods
        2. I undertake to train myself to abstain from stealing
        3. I undertake to train myself to abstain from sexual misconduct
        4. I undertake to train myself to abstain from false speech
        5. I undertake to train myself to abstain from intoxicants that cause heedlessness and cloud the mind

Section 2
Inner Correlation

    Impulses that Lead to an Action
    The Three Unwholesome States
        Greed / Covetousness
        Hatred / Ill will
        Delusion / Wrong view

Section 3
Understanding the Disorder

    The Seven Illnesses and Their Antidotes
        Lust
        Ill will
        Dullness
        Agitation
        Uncertainty
        Ignorance
        Boredom

Chapter 3
Concentration

Section 1
Hindrances to Concentration

    Dealing with the Five Hindrances in Meditation
        Sensuous Desire
        Ill Will
        Sloth
        Restlessness and Worry
        Skeptical Doubt

Section 2
Cultivation of the Beautiful

    Developing Jhana
        The First Jhana
        The Second Jhana
        The Third Jhana
        The Fourth Jhana
    The Arupa Jhanas, The Formless Absorptions
        The Fifth Jhana
        Boundless Space
        Boundless Consciousness
        Emptiness
        Neither Perception nor Non-Perception

Chapter 4
The Development of Insight

Section 1
The Three Characteristics

    Impermanence
    Suffering
    Not-self

Section 2
Residual Clinging

    Removing Subtle Residual Clinging
    Description of the Paths
    Dispassion
    Fading Away
    Cessation
    Relinquishment

Section 3
Removing Clinging to the External World

    Destruction
    Clinging to Karma
    Overcoming the Perception of Enduring
    Clinging to the Sign
    Desire
    Clinging to a Point of View
    Higher States of Understanding
    Knowledge and Vision
    Danger in Formations
    Reflection
    Bondage

Section 4
The Four Stages of Holiness

    The Attainment of Path
    The First Stage
    The Second Stage
    The Third Stage
    The Fourth Stage

Appendices
Appendix A
Meditation Exercises

    The Five Precepts
    Impulses that Lead to an Action
    The Three Unwholesome States
    The Seven Illnesses and their Antidotes
    How to Attain Jhana
    The Development of Concentration
    The Development of Insight
    Removing Subtle Residual Clinging
    Removing Clinging to the External World
    The Stages of the Path
    Brahma Viharas

Appendix B
    Questions


Appendix C
    Analysis

    Synthesis

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