Questions tagged [abhidhamma]

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 sutras, according to schematic classifications. The Abhidhamma works do not contain systematic philosophical treatises, but summaries or abstract and systematic lists.

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Any praise of shred-paramis by the Sublime Budddha?

What does one know or think: Is there any praise of shred-parami (perfections in appearing modest) by the Sublime Buddha, such as in out-fit, outwardly appearing, using of such stuff, and if why? If ...
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Right time, Right time! But what is the right time to speak?

Failue, disappeared, they say: "Right time, right time. It wasn't the proper time!", but: What's the right time to ask? What's the right time to advise? What's the right time to speak? What's the ...
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What is the meaning of Dhammavicaya

What is the exact meaning of the second factor of Enlightenment 'Dhammavicaya'? Does it mean: enquiry of the Dhamma (buddhasasana)? Or is it the enquiry (= tilakkhana) of all dhammas i.c. all ...
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Is understanding a “bring-debt” or “gain-debt”?

Having read "...is an ethical duty to acquire knowledge in order to improve our understanding", my person thought to investigate the matter in frame of the Dhamma. Against this sentence stands the ...
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Is it a crime to mention a crime?

Upasaka (?) Frank K possible does a lot of crime in telling: Classical Chritians, "Liberal" ideas: Here's a great database with brief descriptions where brave individuals often had to face great ...
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Is “doing according to one's best understanding” a protection from wrong-doing?

A common belief is that, if one conducts himself "as best he can" (in the best ways he understands and knows), then would be a protection from -- or an excuse for -- wrong-doing. For example, "I ...
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What's the cause, the reason, why people find “Buddhism”? [duplicate]

What are the required prerequisits that beings find the teaching, the path, to liberation? What are the outwardly and the inwardly conditions required, for gaining birth in the near or in the Noble ...
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What contentment and modesty, what persistence and grasping, toward what, craving, craving holding on what leads to liberation?

What contentment and modesty, what persistence and grasping, toward what, craving, craving holding on what leads to liberation? Doing, acting, content toward what is skilful, toward what unskilful in ...
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What is breath?

There is a lot of talk on breath, now what is breath? What's the meaning? Is it form? What of it? Is it an action? Is it a perception? A feeling? How should it be taken, if to be taken, so that it ...
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In how far does involvement in certain undertaking effects one, good or bad?

In how far does one take part on skilfull or unskilfull undertaking? In how far does one receives the fruits of good or bad actions by means of getting involved by toughts, signs and deeds, by ...
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What does 'all the phenomena related to the senses are “not real”' mean?

Upasaka Angus asked on another place: What do you mean that all the phenomena related to the senses are "not real"? So what does a statement '"all the phenomena related to the senses are "not real ...
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What's the different between kusala (good) and akusala (bad)? [duplicate]

What's the different between ku-sala (good) and a-ku-sala (bad), in regard of what the Buddha taught? (ku - bad, sala - cutting away, a - not) What are good and bad actions by deeds, speech and mind,...
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Vanna-maccharia, stinginess in regard of ones reputations: What to practice to get ride of it?

Vaṇṇā-maccharia, stinginess in regard ones honor, reputation, don't letting make others use of it, envy to lose it, is one of the five kinds of maccharia, based on ingratitude, wrong view, and a ...
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What's the (mental) quality different between aversive leaving (vi-bhava) and renouncing (nekkhamma)?

Whats the different between leaving, abounding, letting go, push away, say out of aversion, anger, and renouncing? Both seems to be combined with tanha (thirst), yet one is called ku-sala (bad-...
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Mental Factor which Unites Others

If I think of the Noble Eightfold Path for example, or even the Abhidhamma traditions, I feel mental factors are clearly related, but noted as separate. In sum, my question mainly is: What ...
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Other types of consciousness (viññāṇa) in Theravada?

There are the six types of consciousness (viññāṇa) based on MN 38, namely those related to the six sense media: eye, ear, nose, tongue, touch or mind. In MN 49, there was a "consciousness without ...
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How is re-linking consciousness reconciled with MN 38?

In the essay "Buddhist Reflections on Death", V.F. Gunaratna wrote: The terminal thought goes through the same stages of progress as any other thought, with this differences that whereas the ...
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Where does the consciousness (cittas) originate inside the body?

I have heard that all consciousness arise in hadaya vatthu rupa (blood inside the heart) except the five doors perceiving consciousness (Cakku vinnana, Sota vinnana, Ghana vinnana, Jeevha vinnana, ...
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Do all words belong to conventional truth (Sammuti Sacca)?

"Sanketa vacanam saccam - loka sammuti karanam Paramattha vacanam saccam - dhammanam tathalakkhanam" According to the above quote, all the words (cenventional truth) made by living beings using any ...
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Latent tendencies, memories of this life and brain damage, dementia

This question is from the Theravada perspective only. How are memories of this life stored and recalled? Is it stored in the physical brain? There is the concept of latent tendencies (anusaya). ...
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the Abhidhammist people accepted all possible rebirths by logic in many sutta to avoid the risks to be suffered by those unwholesome feeling, right?

In Abhidhamma, there are 3 rebirths: khaṇa-paccuppanna (10 trillions per snapping), santati-paccuppanna (here&now), and addhāna-paccuppanna (reincarnation-rebirth) because there are 3 rebirths ...
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Does an Arahant accumulate kamma in his/her life?

Cetana (Intention) is a universal mental factor which can be seen in every consciousness even in Arahants'. Kamma is the intention in one's consciousness. I have thought about the below statements ...
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Is the abhidhammic view on mind an externalist or internalist one?

I'd like to try and categorize the abhidhammic view into either as an internalist or externalist or know if it's possible at all, knowing how the historical Buddha himself even refused to either ...
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Buddhist cannon database

s there an online database that either contains the Buddhist canon in either English or Chinese? I've had a difficult time tracking down first hand sources other than the usual suspects (Heart Sutra, ...
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Too much Dhamma in modern age

Ajahn Brahm’s quite interesting position on "too much Dharma" and studying Abhidharma might be conveyed in this citation: I think of our modern age is that too much Dhamma. So much Dhamma that ...
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Abhidhamma on Chittas and Chetasikas of Bi-polar disorders, Autism, and many mental disorders

Here's what I'm given to understand: The Abhidhamma manual classifies all possible mental states of a human being into - various different kinds of Chittas and Chetasikas. Here's what I want to ...
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What's the difference between remorse and shame of evil?

Remorse or regret (kukucca) is supposed to be unwholesome, while shame of evil (hiri) is wholesome. What is the difference between the two? Why is one wholesome, while the other isn't?
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What is “Patigha”, and how does it differ from “Dosa”?

I would like to know what is defined as "Patigha" (Skt. "Pratigha"), and how it varies from "Dosa" (Skt. "Dvesha"). Thank you.
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How do we guarantee the accuracy and validity of Buddhist scriptures?

In this site participators draw statements from "Buddhist scriptures" (Suttas), considering them pure and directly from Buddha's words. Some of these statements [seem] closer to fantasy, ...
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Chuthi Patisandhi chitta

The concept of chuthi patisandhi cittas- ie. generation of patisandhi citta conditioned by chuthi citta in a minute fraction of a second- is a very important concept mentioned in Abhidhammaththa ...
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single word for metta in English language

I have been struggling to find a single English word for "metta".Think I have failed. Once I read "what Buddha thought"by Walpola Rahula Thero mentioned as Universal Love which I don't agree as ...
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What are the 10 sammādiṭṭhis, ten right views?

Maybe a challenging questions for the scholars and literary Abhidhamma-fans, with much possibilities for great merits: What are the 10 sammādiṭṭhis, ten right views? Deatal explaining of each would ...
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thoughts in heart

I have read from abhidhamma book saying that our thoughts generate inside heart and heart is invisible to naked eye and untouchable. this statement in abhidhamma can't be accepted with modern day ...
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Citta Vithi in Abhidhamma

There is a chapter under citta vithi in Abhidhammattha Sangaha. In which of the seven books in Abhidhamma this concept appear?
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Is rebirth a conventional truth within the Buddha's message?

There is a lot on this site (and elsewhere) on the validity of rebirth, whether it is necessary to understand the Buddha's message, or to reach enlightenment etc. My question is slightly different ...
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Questions about cetasikas

1) How are cetasikas expressed? Could they be expressed as how the mind is orientated, thus influencing how, when, and what cittas arise? 2) Do cetasikas therefore play any indirect role in the ...
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What is the difference between nama-rupa and the five skandhas?

As I understood it from the abhidharma, nama-rupa is just another way of looking at the five skandhas, a different scheme for the same thing, along with others (e.g. the dhatus). But, as far as I can ...
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Is the determining thought moment (vottopana) based entirely off of past karma?

Is the way I choose to react to a situation based entirely off of past karma or is there something else that determines how I react to an external object? I am confused between my understanding that ...
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Conceptual reality, mettā, ignorance

According to some commentaries/abhidhamma, all unwholesome states are rooted in ignorance; that ignorance is, according to Pa Auk Sayadaw, the ignorance that sees things as concepts, e.g., a man a ...
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Is intention and purpose the same?

Given that there are 'intentions' (cetanā) which lead (if they're not neutral) to either wholesome fruits or unwholesome fruits -- then is the same also true for 'purpose' (sankappa), i.e.: Are there ...
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Teachings regarding Veneration/Respect (as one of the traditional 10 meritorious deeds)

Feel invited or maybe even inspired to share any teachings regarding "Apacāyana" (Respect or Veneration). It is one of the less taught, but very basic and fundamental, meritorious deeds. Teachings ...
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What are good resources to study the Abhidhamma of Central/South Asia Schools (e.g. Sthaviravāda, Sarvāstivāda, Dharmaguptaka, Mūlasarvāstivāda, etc.)

What are good resources and references (ideally online) to learn Abhidhamma from school of Buddhism in Central/South Asia (Sthaviravāda, Theravada, Sarvāstivāda, Dharmaguptaka, Mūlasarvāstivāda, etc.)....
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Resources to study the Abhidharma in the East/North Asian schools of Buddhism (e,g, Mahayana, Tibetan, Yogacara, Dharmaguptaka, etc.)

What are good resources and references (ideally online) to learn Abhidharma from East and North Asian (Mahayana, Tibetan, Yogacara, Asaṅga, Vasubandhu, Dharmaguptaka, etc.) schools of Buddhism. NB: I ...
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How to understand “Four great elements” in real life objects?

I have some understanding about the "Four great elements" But i have these questions... My chair is solid wood, So i understand the "Solidity element (Patavi)" but how do i understand the rest of ...
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Change and decay of one's own body. How fast is it?

We all know that we get sick and get old but i have heard that "Abhidhamma" talks about a faster version of decay and change.As i have heard there is a change that is happening every fraction of a ...
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What does the Abhidhamma say about impermanence?

I understand the state of changing (impermanence) mentioned in Buddhism, but I have also heard that another more complex version (of the doctrine of impermanence) exists in the Abhidhamma. I would ...
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How does one understand the elements of the Pure Octad in Sunlight?

According to Abhidhamma, the smallest unit of Rupa is called the Suddhashtaka(Pure Octad) which has the following 8 elements: patavi, apo, tejo, vayo, vanna, gandha, rasa, and oja Regarding Sunlight,...
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Text request--Abhidhamma

I am looking for a legal, online version of the Abhidhamma in English. Can anyone point me towards some good online sources, especially for the major books of the Abhidhamma?
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Conventional versus Ultimate

People sometimes qualify their statements, by adding the word, "conventionally" — and people distinguish between Conventional Truth (Sammuti Sacca) versus Ultimate Truth (Paramattha Sacca). ...
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Why are “Fear and Shame” listed among the beautiful cetasikas?

I was wondering how the mental factors of Fear and Shame should be understood. Normally I would understand them both as being unwholesome but I guess in Abhidhamma-perspective they have a different ...