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Short Description

Helps the reader gain insight into how Buddhism works to understand life.The Buddha taught that all mental phenomena and physical phenomena which naturally appear in our daily life can be objects of mindfulness and right understanding.

Long description

Table of Contents

Preface. What is life? What is suffering? Processes of citta. Life is citta, cetasika and rūpa. What is Abhidhamma?

Keywords abhidhamma; buddhism; mindfulness; meditation; vipassana; insight

Language English



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Publication Date:

1st February 2024

First published:

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Book type

Paperback “7x5”

Thema Subject Category: QRFB1

Market pricing

Spain Printer Network 7.99 USD; United States 7.99 USD; United Kingdom 6 GBP; Canada 10.99 CAD; European Union 6.99 EUR; Australia (GST Exclusive) 11.99 AUD; Brazil Printer Network 7.99 USD; Germany Printer Network 7.99 USD; Russia Printer Network 7.99 USD; South Korea Printer Network 7.99 USD; Poland Printer Network 7.99 USD; China Printer Network 7.99 USD; India Printer Network 7.99 USD; Italy Printer Network 7.99 USD.


About the author

Name: Gorkom, Nina Van Role: Author

International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI): 0000 0000 6398 0326


Nina van Gorkom was born in 1928 to a family of socialist intellectuals. Her father was a member of the Dutch parliament. She studied at Leyden University and during this time she became a Catholic. In 1952, she married Lodewijk van Gorkom, a Dutch diplomat.

In 1965, Lodewijk was posted to Thailand and Nina started learning the Thai language. She took a keen interest in Buddhism, attending classes for foreigners at Wat Mahathat. There she met, in the summer of 1966, Sujin Boriharnwanaket. Impressed by the profundity of the Buddhist teachings, she became convinced of the truth of the Buddha’s words and later assisted Khun Sujin in discussions about Buddhism for Thai radio stations. These talks were later published as Buddhism in Daily Life, her first book.

Nina and Lodewijk left Thailand in 1970 and lived in Japan, New York, Indonesia (where Lodewijk was the Dutch ambassador) and Austria. Lodewijk retired in 1990 and she now lives in The Hague in Holland.

Nina’s writings are well-known amongst English speaking Buddhists, and she is highly respected in Thailand where several of her books have been translated into the Thai language with (after many reprints) over one hundred thousand copies now. Her books have also been translated in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, China, Vietnam and Germany.