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Understanding Realities Now: Nina’s Travelogues


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Short Description

Compilation of articles discussing the development of insight, the understanding of the present moment in daily life. It contains over 60 quotes from the original scriptures and commentaries.

Long Description

This book consists of a compilation of articles on the Dhamma written in the period from 2012 until 2018. The material used is from discussions with Ajahn Sujin in Vietnam, Thailand and Sri Lanka on the development of right understanding. She encourages people to develop the understanding of the present moment, since that is the way to the ultimate goal, namely, the eradication of the clinging to the concept of self and of all other defilements. What the Buddha taught is not mere theory, but it is to be applied right now, at this moment. 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.

It contains over 60 quotes from the original scriptures and commentaries.

Table of Contents

Mijn Interview. {1} The Meaning of Dhamma; {2} Understanding Ultimate Realities; {3} Sati of Vipassanā; My Time with Acharn Sujin; {4} First Meeting; {5} Abhidhamma in Daily Life; {6} The glimpse of Dhamma; {7}Practising the ‘process’; {8} ‘Formal’ meditation; {9} Understanding of mind-matter; {10} Elimination of Suffering; What is most precious?;{11}Preface}; {12}The best time to understand Truth; {13}The Functions of Citta; {14}What is Death}; {15}Every moment is present moment; {16}The right Path and the wrong Path; {17}One cannot do anything; Considering the Truth; {18}Preface; {19}The reality of this moment; {20}Against the stream; {21}The inner and the outer sense-fields; {22}The factors leading to enlightenment; {23}Everything is dhamma; {24}What is most valuable in life; The Shortness of Life; {25}Preface; {26}What is Life?}{27}; Sharing Dhamma; {27}Preface; {28}The World; {29}The Meaning of Anatta; {30}Diverse Topics of Discussion; {31}The Benefit of listening; {32}The Four Noble Truths; The Present Moment; {33}Preface; {34}Concepts and Realities; {35}One path; {36}Living Alone; {37}Treasures; {38}Clear Comprehension; Once upon a time; {39}Preface; {40}Once upon a Time; {41}Ignorance; {42}Gradual Development of Understanding}{259}; {43}The hidden Self; {44}Thinking of the Past; {45}Courage; The Cycle of Birth and Death; {46}Preface; {47}What is Life?; {48}Living alone; {49}No Return; {50}Understanding the Present Moment; {51}Momentary death; Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka; {52}Introduction; {53}Kusala and Akusala; {54}Tranquil Meditation; {55}Realities and Concepts; {56}The Objects of Mindfulness; {57}Right Understanding; {58}The Right Conditions for Sati; {59}The Object of Sati; {60}Rebirth; {61}Patience; {62}Glossary; {63}Appendix

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

Language English


ISBN Complete: 978-1897633-38-0

Publication Date: 10th April 2020

First published:

Page Count: 424 pages

Book type B&W 6.14 x 9.21in or 234 x 156mm (Royal 8vo) Blue Digital Cloth™ Cover on Creme

Thema Subject Category: QRFB1

Licence: This work is licensed under the: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit:

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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.

Prior Work:

Buddhism in Daily Life; The Buddha’s Path; Cetasikas; A Survey of Paramattha Dhammas (translator); The Perfections Leading to Enlightenment; Lovingkindness in Buddhism; The Conditionality of life; The Buddhist Teaching on Physical Phenomena; Taking Refuge in Buddhism (translator); The World in the Buddhist Sense; Understanding Reality; Introduction to Abhidhamma; Abhidhamma in Daily Life.

Location: The Hague, Holland.