We believe that this present treatise is one of the most helpful expositions of Dhamma which we have been privileged to publish in The Wheel series. It offers not only a wealth of information on many aspects of the Teaching, but is also a forcefully reasoned and stirring appeal to earnest endeavour towards the goal. We therefore wish to recommend this work to our readers’ close and repeated study and reflection.
This treatise has been reproduced from the journal The Light of the Dhamma (Rangoon), which regrettably has ceased publication. For permission of reprint we are grateful to the publishers, The Union of Burma Buddha Sásana Council, Rangoon.
In the present edition, many of the Pali terms used in the original have been supplemented or replaced by the English equivalents, for facilitating the reading of the treatise. The last chapter has been condensed. Otherwise only minor changes have been made in the diction.
In the original publication, the term bodhipakkhiya-dhamma had been rendered by “factors leading to enlightenment,” which, however, resembles too closely the customary translation of the term bojjhaòga by “factors of enlightenment” (see here Chapter VII). Therefore the title of the treatise in the original translation and the rendering of the term in the body of the text have been changed into “requisites of enlightenment”, being one of the connotations of bodhipakkhiya-dhamma, as given in Chapter I. This nuance of meaning was chosen in view of the fact that this treatise does not deal with perfected constituents of enlightenment (bodhi) already achieved, but with the approach to that goal by earnest cultivation of those seven groups of qualities and practices which form the thirty-seven bodhipakkhiya-dhammas.
A detailed table of contents and a comprehensive index have been added to this edition, for facilitating the use of this book.