The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga by Ven. Buddhaghosa

The Path of Purification

Title: The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga
Author: Ven. Buddhaghosa, Bhikkhu Ñáóamoli (Translator)
Publisher: The Buddhist Publication Society
Language: English
Paperback:‎ 908 pages



One of Buddhism’s foundational texts, the Visuddhimagga is a systematic examination and condensation of Buddhist doctrine and meditation technique. The various teachings of the Buddha found throughout the Pali canon are organized in a clear, comprehensive path leading to the final goal of nibbana, the state of complete purification. Originally composed in the fifth century, this new translation provides English speakers insights into this foundational text. In the course of this treatise full and detailed instructions are given on 40 subjects of meditation aimed at concentration, an elaborate account of Buddhist Abhidhamma philosophy, and explicit descriptions of the stages of insight culminating in final liberation.