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Is it necessary to study Abhidhamma?

1st Q: Is the knowledge of Sutta Pitaka enough to realize nirvana? For some people even the gist is enough Then Sariputta the wanderer spoke thus to the Ven. Assaji: Speak a little or a lot, but ...
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Do all words belong to conventional truth (Sammuti Sacca)?

All words are like sign posts. The meaning of it is an idea that is in the mind of the person who is speaking it. And the communication will take place if the person who hears it has assigned the same ...
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Where does the consciousness (cittas) originate inside the body?

Space is a derived quality of matter, so consciousness cannot be said to take up or exist in space. To say that the mind arises here or there is not really proper in an ultimate sense. Consciousness ...
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single word for metta in English language

Mettā: Commonly translated as Loving Kindness which is simply because a group at PTS chose that over a century ago and that just stuck. The problem with that is that sometimes people already have ...
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Was the Abhidhamma taught by the Buddha?

Mendis refers to “Theravāda tradition”. His source is the introduction to the Atthasālinī, which was compiled by Buddhaghosa in about 400 AD based on earlier texts that no longer exist. The ...
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Was the Abhidhamma taught by the Buddha?

From this YouTube video entitled "The Theravada Abhidhamma with Bhikkhu Bodhi (Class #1, 5 Mar 2018)", Ven. Bodhi, the famous translator and scholar of the Pali Canon, explained the account ...
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How does buddhism describe what exactly, or where exactly, or how exactly, consciousness exists?

As a computer scientist you are bringing some baggage with you that will continue to get in the way of what you want to find in the Dharma. I am speaking from the perspective of a computer scientist ...
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How does buddhism describe what exactly, or where exactly, or how exactly, consciousness exists?

I will join in the fun with another answer: Consciousness is included as one of the basic six elements (dhatus), namely, earth, wind, fire, water, space and consciousness, per MN 115. Here, the term '...
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Why and how is Theravada and Mahayana Abhidha(r)(m)ma different?

There have been over 18 different schools within Buddhism, differentiating on the philosophical issues. Of those 18 schools, only two survive till the present day. The two are known as Mahayana and ...
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What is the difference between nama-rupa and the five skandhas?

Nama-rupa & the five aggregates are taught for different purposes. The five aggregates are objects of insight. 'Such is form, such its origination, such its passing away. Such is feeling, ...
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Citta Vithi in Abhidhamma

As you mentioned, Chapter IV of the Sangaha describes citta vithi. The Visuddhimagga includes many partial references (look under "cognitive series" in the index) but no complete analysis. Clearly, ...
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Vipassana on arupa worlds

In the arupa worlds you cannot hear the Dhamma as you do not have this faculty, also the mental process is too subtle making it not possible to meditate on it. But if you have experiences even the 1st ...
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Too much Dhamma in modern age

My teacher said, this happens for two reasons: students don't meditate and students read books without talking to live Buddhist teachers (former students who got it) to get a sense of high-level ...
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Does an Arahant accumulate kamma in his/her life?

Cittas are classified in various ways. One such classification is according to their nature. In this classification we have: Cittas which are resultant states of consciousness, vipaaka, the effects ...
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How is re-linking consciousness reconciled with MN 38?

So, how does the Abhidhamma reconcile the concept of re-linking consciousness (patisandhi-viññana) with MN 38 above? It doesn't have to because Abh. and MN 38 talked about different consciousnesses. "...
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How is re-linking consciousness reconciled with MN 38?

There is no contradiction between MN 38 and Abhidhamma. Stream of consciousness OR Continuity of consciousness means individual consciousness which arises (uppada), exists (titi), ceases (bhanga) ...
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Other types of consciousness (viññāṇa) in Theravada?

Are there any other types of consciousness (viññāṇa) in Theravada outside the six sense media consciousnesses? According to Theravada perspective, there are only six types of consciousness (which you'...
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What's the (mental) quality different between aversive leaving (vi-bhava) and renouncing (nekkhamma)?

Vibhava tanha arises as a result of attachement, aversion and ignorance combined with the wrong view of Nicca, Suka , Atta and Subha. Nekkhamma is a result of non-attachement, non-aversion and wisdom ...
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Abhidhamma: Is craving really the samudaya of suffering?

With respect to the second half of your question, item 2, craving is one of the steps in dependent origination, which has numerous steps. That is how it can be claimed that craving always leads to ...
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Abhidhamma: can dependent origination arise without any sense bases?

DO describes development of defiled subjective world, defiled mind and defiled sense of self. "nama" is an idea of an object, a concept, a mental label. For example, when an infant sees the ...
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Conventional versus Ultimate

I suggest that a thorough account of the history of this distinction regarding language - the 'conventional' and 'ultimate' distinction - should take into account a rarely discussed sutta found in the ...
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Is rebirth a conventional truth within the Buddha's message?

Rebirth is very central to the whole doctrine. As long as this Kammic force exists there is re-birth, for beings are merely the visible manifestation of this invisible Kammic force. Any attempt is ...
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What is the difference between nama-rupa and the five skandhas?

Why? Different time period. Namarupa is more Theravadin and Five Skandha is a much precise, evolved system that isn't really deeply spoken of until Surangama Sutra--a Mahayana invention. And are ...
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