UNDERSTANDING MEHM TIN MON’S INTERPRETATION OF ALOBHA (NON-GREED) AND THE PRACTICE OF GENEROSITY
Keywords:Alobha, Non-Attachment, Generosity, Zen Buddhism
A great scholar of the Abhidhamma in Myanmar, Mehm Tin Mon interpreted alobha as a mental state. He considered non-attachment to sense-objects and greedlessness as the chief characteristics of alobha. To put alobha into practice he recommended generosity, morality called abstinence from sensual objects and non-covetousness, meditation called tranquility meditation and insight meditation. They are generally practices to reduce and remove greed. He explains how to practice these techniques in connection with contemporary social development. Yet his interpretations of the stages of Buddhist social development are respectively criticized by some Buddhists scholars. This paper intends to provide an understanding of his interpretations of alobha and its relevance for the contemporary times.
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