An Essay on Papañca and Papañca-Saññā-Saṅkhā
by Bhikkhu Kaṭukurunde Ñāṇananda
In this book, the Venerable Author Bhikkhu Kaṭukurunde Ñāṇananda, formerly an Assistant Lecturer in Pali at the University of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya, drawing from his broad knowledge of the Buddha’s teachings, sheds new light on a deep problem of perennial philosophy, indicated by the title Concept and Reality. This work begins from a deep analysis of two important, but controversial terms found in the Pali Canon—papañca and papañca-saññā-saṅkhā. The characteristic Buddhist doctrine of ‘not-self’ (anattā) is shown in new dimensions of significance, having far-reaching implications not only in the context of Buddhism but also for the student of philosophy, psychology and ethics. The observations on concept and conceptualizing find special import in the context of modern semantic philosophy. Copious quotations from rare Sutta texts provide increased knowledge and new interpretations of obscure passages, and also render the work a substantial source book for Buddhist Philosophy. But most of all, this book speaks to the practitioner who wants to push his meditation beyond the concept of enlightenment to realization of Nibbāna itself.
Part I—Papañca and Papañca-saṭṭā-saṅkhā
Part II—Commentarial Interpretations
Part III—Prapaṭca in Mahāyāna Buddhism
Part IV—Prapaṭca in the Vedānta
Modern Scholars on Papañca and Papañca-saṭṭā-saṅkhā