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The Teaching of Awareness in the Buddhist Tradition

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This volume is a collection of articles dedicated to Professor Corrado Pensa to mark his 80th birthday. Prof. Corrado Pensa was a well-known scholar at La Sapienza University, Rome, interested principally in the Early Buddhist tradition, before becoming a psychotherapist and prominent Dharma teacher in the U.S.A and Italy, and founder of the Associazione per la Meditazione di Consapevolezza (A. Me. Co) in Italy. He is an internationally well-known figure involved in the spread, understanding, and practice of Buddhism in Europe and the United States of America.

The contributing articles are by Corrado Pensa’s colleagues, former students who have become international scholars, and well-known international Dharma teachers. The book is divided in two parts: research articles and essays by meditation teachers. The central theme is the teaching of awareness (Pāli sati, Sanskrit smr̥ti) in Buddhism and indeed in other related traditions. This theme will be approached from different perspectives: philosophical, philological, exegetic, anthropological, and as an aspect of meditative practice.

Published: Mar 15, 2024

Section Chapter Authors
Corrado Pensa and the Buddhist Tradition in Europe and USA: A Biographical and Bibliography Note Francesco Sferra, Chiara Neri
Chapter 1
TBD Francesco Sferra
Chapter 2
The Teaching of Awareness (sati) in Corrado Pensa’s Thought Chiara Neri
Chapter 3
The Meditative Cultivation of Joy Bhikkhu Analayo
Chapter 4
Pariyogāhaṇa in the Epistemology of the Paṭisambhidāmagga: An Immersion into Reality Giuliano Giustarini
Chapter 5
Buddhist Awareness as a Means to Unveil the Past and Emancipate the Future: The Buddhist Awareness Camps Project in post-1990 Nepal Chiara Letizia
Chapter 6
An Unshakeable Awareness: The ‘Liberation while Living’ According to the Moksopāya Bruno Lo Turco
Chapter 7
Framing the Other: Mindfulness, Photography, and Comparative Religions Filippo Marsili
Chapter 8
A Joyful Song Celebrating Buddhist Practice Marta Sernesi


A welcome contribution to Buddhist Studies. The main part of this book is dedicated to the scholarly output of Professor Corrado Pensa's former students whereas the last section consists of essays from contemporary meditation teachers. A valuable aspect of this book is thus the integration of two aspects of the Buddhist tradition, i.e., theory and practice.
Dr Tamara Ditrich, University of Sydney and University of Ljubljana

Presents a highly interesting and original collection of articles on a variety of specific topics related to awareness.
Dr Cristina Pecchia, University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences