"Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things."

- Buddha

Introduction to Abhidhamma

Derived from the Pali word “Abhidhamma,” which translates to “higher” or “ultimate” teachings of Buddhism, is a profound and systematic analysis of the nature of mind and reality.

Rooted in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, Abhidhamma delves deep into the understanding of mental and physical phenomena, providing insights into the nature of existence and the path to liberation.

When we fully understand our mind and body, we are better able to comprehend the real meaning of non-self. It is by penetrating the three characteristics of existence which is impermanence, suffering, and non-self, that we realize what is life and the purpose of living.
When we complete the walking of the Noble Eightfold Path, we fulfill the purpose of life, do what has to be done, and Parinibbāna, which ends all suffering.

Benefits of Studying Abhidhamma

Studying Abhidhamma offers numerous benefits, including:

Insight into
the Human Mind​

Gain a profound understanding of the workings of the mind and consciousness, enabling you to cultivate greater self-awareness and mental clarity.

Enhanced Meditation Practice

Learn how to apply Abhidhamma principles to your meditation practice, deepening your concentration and insight.

Wisdom and Compassion

Develop wisdom and compassion as you explore the core teachings of Buddhism and their practical applications in daily life.



Brother Alfred Keoy Swee Huat

Brother Alfred was in the computer and technical field for over three decades until his retirement in 2010. His road to Buddhist education began in the early 80s. He was visiting a Thai Buddhist temple in Padang Sera, Kedah, when the ChowKun (chief priest) told him that he is interested in enrolling for the monkhood program and was advised to visit Buddhist Maha Vihara (BMV) to learn the Dhamma.

He took the Chowkun’s advice, and since 1984, he has been frequenting the BMV to attend Friday Dhamma talks by the late chief and learn Buddhism. He studied meditation under the meditation master Sayadaw U Dhammapia in 1987 at the Malaysian Buddhist Meditation Center, Penang. He self-taught and learned the Dhamma by reading the 4 Nikayas.

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