Jīvitavidyā - Asian Theories of Life-science: A Practical Guide to Buddhist Āyurvedic Counselling and Psychiatry with Reference to Asian Life-Circles

Author: Prof. Sumanapala Galmangoda (B.A. [Hons.], M.A., Ph.D., Royal Pandit, Āyurvedic Doctor.

1.    Buddhist classification of the stages of physical life
2.    Buddhist classification of the stages of psycho-physical evolution
3.    Life circle of social structure
4.    The circle of the origin and evolution of psychological problems leading to social conflicts
5.    Circle of different levels of mental problems
6.    Āyurvedic life circle
7.    Astrological life circles
8.    Circle of the psychology of perception
9.    Circle of the environment
10.    Circle of the evolution of Asian sciences


About the Book
According to Asian religions and philosophical traditions, life is not a direct line but a circle. This is a very important view of life as far as social harmony is concerned. Unfortunately the modern society considers life as a direct line and does everything for the progress of material gain. It does not care about the past or around. The Sarvātivāda Buddhist tradition holds the view that there is no difference in connection with the essence of things in the three periods of time. Past, present and future are inter-connected in essence. The one who holds this view pays attention always to the past and the future. Accordingly he/she naturally tends to perform his/her duties towards beings in the past and future. At present almost all people, except few, think and act for their own selfish gain. As a result a number of problems such as environmental pollution, wars, economic problems, unemployment problems, mental illnesses:stress, loneliness, forbia, depression, religious conflicts etc. have come into being in the modern world. The circular view of life is one of the most successful method of counselling to eliminate such problems. With this view in mind I have collected some circles of life conditions mentioned in Buddhism, Hinduism, Āyurveda and Astrology and commented on them in brief for the sake of readers. This aspect can be developed as the science of life for the future studies and everyone should learn this as a part of his/her education. I am thankful to all who gave their assistance to prepare this booklet. Specially I am thankful to Mrs. Olga Hemamali for type-setting, my family members for their patience and Mr. Mahesh Kasthuriarachchi and the staff for printing carefully this booklet on time.

ISBN: 978-955-4995-07-9
(c) 2016 by Sumanapala Galmangoda

Price: Rs. 750

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