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The World in the Buddhist Sense

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Short Description

The purpose of this book is to show that the Buddha’s Path to true understanding has to be developed in daily life. It explains the pitfalls one will come across while developing this path and the way to overcome them. The book is composed of letters written in answer to questions about the practice. It is suitable for any person interested to know how Buddhism understands the world.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 The World 3 Wrong view 4 Clear Comprehension 5 Nama and rupa 6 Direct experience 7 Concentration on Breathing 8 Mindfulness of breathing 9 Doing complicated things 10 Right awareness 11 Pali Glossary

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

Language English

Edition 2nd Edition

ISBN Complete: 978-1-897633-41-0

Publication Date: 1st July 2022

First published: August 1994 (Triple Gem Press)

Page Count: 144

Book type Paperback, perfect bound

Thema Subject Category: QRFB1

Market pricing

Spain Printer Network 11 USD; United States 11 USD; United Kingdom 8 GBP; Canada 13 CAD; European Union 10 EUR; Australia (GST Exclusive) 14 AUD; Brazil Printer Network 11 USD; Germany Printer Network 11 USD; Russia Printer Network 11 USD; South Korea Printer Network 11 USD; Poland Printer Network 11 USD; China Printer Network 11 USD; India Printer Network 11 USD; Italy Printer Network 11 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.

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.