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Compared to the colloquial sutrasAbhidharma texts are much more technical, analytic and systematic in content and style.

Abhidharma – Rigpa Wiki

In this way the characteristic of not-self becomes more evident. The Sarvastivada Abhidharma also used these, along with a fifth category: Attention to the same until another Citta thought process begins. The Sarvastivada Vibhasa-sastrins glipses only static dependent origination [41].

Bhavanga is not a sub-plane but a continuous stream of existence.

The early Buddhist scriptures give various lists of the constituents of the person such as the five skandhas, the six or 18 dhatusand the twelve sense bases. As the last major division of the canon, the Abhidhamma works have had a checkered history.

The examination of these characteristics was held to be extremely important, the Sarvastivada Mahavibhasa states “Abhidharma is [precisely] od analysis of the svalaksana and samanya-laksana of dharmas”. Perception and thinking is then seen as a combination of various dharmas. Qbhidhamma and perishing it flows on like a stream not remaining the same for two consecutive thought moments.


The Abhidhamma is thus presented as a pure and undiluted form of the teaching that was too difficult for most practitioners of the Buddha’s time to grasp. Posted by Asoka at No two thought moments coexist. The Patthana is an exhaustive examination of the conditioned nature Paticcasamupada of all dhammas.

Javana state is arrested by Thadarammana when an object physical or mental of attention is registered by the thought process and consists of two thought moments. They also held that only mental events were abhidhamam, material events could endure for longer. The best known commentaries in the Theravada tradition are: Abhidharma Sanskrit or Abhidhamma Pali are ancient 3rd century BCE and later Buddhist texts which contain detailed scholastic reworkings of doctrinal material appearing in the Buddhist sutrasaccording to schematic classifications.

Those, on the other hand, who hold that some exist, viz.

Upppda, Thiti and Bhanga process recurs in an undulating form in each thought moment of the present. This in essence embodies the basic tenets of Abhidhamma but does not include all the finer classifications. Javana is the most important of all where the free will abgidhamma and the action good or bad falls into either Kusala or Akusala Kamma.


The Abhidharma project was thus to provide a completely exhaustive account of every possible type of conscious experience in terms of its constituent factors and their relations. Newer Post Older Post Home.

The Abhidhamma Pitaka is the third pitaka, or basket, of the Tipitaka Sanskrit: The 7th-century Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang reportedly collected Abhidharma texts from seven different traditions. That causes to arise sensation from the sense object.


As Patisandhi relinking is the initial thought moment of life so Cuti the final thought moment. When a person is fast asleep and is in a dreamless state he experiences a kind of consciousness which is more passive than active note no mention about subconsciousness in Abhidhamma akin to Freudian analysis.

This concept has been variously translated as “factors” Collett Cox”psychic characteristics” Bronkhorst[25] “phenomena” Nyanaponika and “psycho-physical events” Ronkin. So the Samsara is the conditional existence sort of cause and effect process of beings, all inclusive not only human but Deva and Preta included and the goal of Buddhist Practice is to strive for Unconditional Existence of the Mental Culture not a zero sum game or state of Bliss without attachment Tanha.

Another important project for the Abhidharmikas was to outline a theory of causalityespecially of how momentary dharmas relate to each other through causes and conditions.

No consciousness arises without an object either physical or mental. The Pali Abhidhammatthasangaha reduces them all to four main types. Some scholars date the seven Pali Abhidhamma books from about BCE to about BCE, the first book being the oldest of the seven and the fifth being the newest.