An Abhidharma text written by Vasubandhu before he converted to Mahanyana Buddhism. The name of the text literally means the strorehouse. Abhidhamma is the Higher Teaching of the Buddha, some- times referred to as the ultimate teaching (paramattha desanà). In it, man is described as a. The Sanskrit term abhidharma seems to derive from the expression “concerning ( abhi) the teaching(s) (Skt., dharma, Pali, dhamma).” For the.

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Lamotte, EtienneKarmasiddhi Prakarana: Rather, they represent three phases of a single momentary phenomenon and are defined as one single consciousness moment: These methods lead to the cessation of strong emotions. Samsara is the result of mental obscurations and karma.

Abhidharma (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

In particular, the Theravada Abhidharma contains two texts the Katha Oosha and Puggala Pannatti that some consider entirely out of place koxha an Abhidharma collection. Restricting the account to the consciousness process of ordinary beings, two types of process are described: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, pp.

Mind-door processes internalize the information received through the sense faculties and characterize the mind that is absorbed in thought or memory. I have purchased several items from Exotic India: This means that dharmas as the constituents of our experiential world are objectively identifiable through cognition. Cittatherefore, always occurs associated with its appropriate cetasika s or mental factors that perform diverse functions and that emerge and cease together with it, having the same object either sensuous or mental and grounded in the same sense faculty.


While the analogy of atoms may be useful here, dharmas notably embrace both physical and mental phenomena, and are generally understood as evanescent events, occurrences, or dynamic properties rather than enduring substances. Hide my email address.

These have all been published in romanized Pali by the Pali Text Society, and most have been translated into English as well. However, comparison of the content of the Sarvastivada texts with that of the Theravada Abhidhamma reveals that it is unlikely that this indicates that one textual tradition originated from the other.

Whenever one remembers or conceptualizes, sees, hears, smells, tastes, or touches something that is desirable or pleasing, one experiences a result of previous wholesome consciousness. Wisdom is developed in stages.

No one who abides by discipline can be undisciplined towards any being; it is through positive thoughts having all abhidharmx as their object that discipline is acquired. This usage presupposes an atomistic conception of time, for time is not reckoned indefinitely divisible.

Enhanced bibliography for this entry at PhilPaperswith links to its database. Verify the characters on the left. It is important to remember, though, that the term dharma signifies both any category that represents a type of occurrence as well as any of its particular tokens or abhidhharma.

Ancient and ModernP. Yet the abhdiharma also intends to ascertain that every constituent of the experiential world is knowable and nameable, and that the words and concepts used in the discourse that develops around the discernment of these constituents uniquely define their corresponding referents.

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Numerous apparently independent Abhidharma traditions arose in Indiaroughly during the period from the second or third century B. The early history of Buddhism in India is remarkably little known and the attempt to construct a consistent chronology of that history still engrosses the minds of contemporary scholars.

The Treasury is included among the so-called ” Thirteen great texts “, which form the core of the curriculum in most shedras and on which Khenpo Shenga provided commentaries. This enterprise involves breaking down the objects of ordinary perception into their constituent, discrete dharmas and clarifying their relations of causal conditioning.

Within these four broad categories many other classifications operate.

We must also note that the context within which dharmas are rendered in terms of their intrinsic natures is that of categorization, where multiple criteria and qualities are applied to create a comprehensive taxonomic system that distinguishes the xbhidharma character of any given dharma. Exotic India you are great!

The Eight Chapters of the Abhidharmakosha

New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. In fact, the conceptual shift from the principle of impermanence to the theory of momentariness is a shift in time scales. Abhidharmakosha is a complete and systematic account of the Abhidharmaand is the peak of scholarship in the Fundamental Vehicle.