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These various Abhidhammic theories were together with differences in Vinaya the major cause for the majority of splits in the monastic Sanghawhich resulted in the fragmented early Buddhist landscape of the 18 Early Buddhist Schools. Each thought moment hangs onto some avhidhamma of object. Instead, the Buddha taught by the method related in the various suttas, giving appropriate, immediately applicable teachings as each situation arose, rather than attempting to set forth the Abhidhamma in all its complexity and completeness.

Modern philosophers Anagarika Dharmapala B. They also often used other blimpses to refer to this real ‘self’, such as ‘ Atman ‘ glimmpses ‘ Jiva ‘ which are words for the immortal soul in Hinduism and Jainism respectively. Buddhism portal Philosophy portal. A small number of other Abhidharma texts of unknown origin are preserved in translation in the Chinese canon. The Abhidharma texts’ field of inquiry extends to the entire Buddhadharmasince their goal was to outline, systematize and analyze all of the teachings.

The last book of the Gljmpses Abhidhamma, the Patthanasets out the main Theravada theory on conditioned relations and causality. Compared to the colloquial sutrasAbhidharma texts are much more technical, analytic and systematic in content and style. Momentary focus of attention to that state of Mind.


Here ‘own-nature’ would mean characteristic nature, which is not something inherent in a dhamma as a abhidhamm ultimate reality, but arise due to the supporting conditions both of other dhammas and previous occurrences of that dhamma.

Rather they attempted to construct a critical understanding of the consciousness that underlies all meaning, both mystical and theoretical. A similar statement can be found on pages and Attention to the same until another Citta thought process begins. One experiences only one thought moment at any particular time. According to Abhidhamma no two type of conscious and subconscious of consciousness exist.

Arising and perishing it flows on like a stream not remaining the same for two consecutive thought moments. Views Read Edit View history. In this way the characteristic of not-self becomes more evident.

The ultimately real is otherwise. According to Peter Harvey, the Theravadin view of dharmas was that “‘They are dhammas because they uphold their own nature [sabhaava]. Cittas awareness events are never experienced on their own, but are always intentional and hence accompanied by various mental factors cetasikasin a constantly flowing stream of experience occurrences. Other Sri Lankan compendiums of Abhidhamma include the Namarupapariccheda analysis of mind and matterParmatthavinicchaya an enquiry into what is ultimateAbhidhammavatara a descent into the introduction of AbhidhammaRuparupavi bhaga analysis into mind and matterSaccasamkhepa summary of TruthMohavicchedani that which dispels delusionKhemappakarana the treat is by Khema and Namacaradipak movement of mind; compiled in Burma.

The Vaibhasika held that an atom is the smallest analyzable unit of matter abhidhamahence it is a ‘conceptual atom’ prajnapti-paramanuthough this also corresponds to a real existing thing. The Scripture on the Explication of the Underlying Meaning. The Sarvastivadins saw dharmas as the ultimately ‘real entities’ sad-dravyathough they also held that dharmas were dependently originated. The expression of this at fine mental formation is Upppada ylimpsesThithi rising to a peak and Bhanga dissolution of one thought moment to another with similar beginning, crescendo and dissolution; i.


Exploring Buddhism and Zen. The Sarvastivadas also included three dharmas in the fourth “unconditioned” category instead of just one, the dharma of space and two states of cessation.

This type of consciousness in Abhidhamma term is Bhavanga. These different traditions have some similarities, suggesting either interaction between groups or some common ground antedating the separation of the schools. In Abhidhamma the word that aptly describe the state of the mind is Javana running. Interest in the Abhidhamma has grown in the West as better scholarship on Buddhist philosophy has gradually revealed more information about its origins and significance.

The earliest texts of the Pali Canon the Sutta Nipataparts of the Jatakasand the first four Nikayas of the Suttapitaka have no mention of the texts of the Abhidhamma Pitaka. The Purvasaila, Sammitiya, Vatsiputriya, and later Mahisasaka schools accepted this view, while the Theravadins, Vibhajyavada, Mahasanghika, and the Sariputrabhidharmasastra of the Dharmaguptakas rejected it. Rewata Dhamma, Process of Consciousness and Matter: Additional post-canonical texts composed in the following centuries attempted to further clarify the analysis presented in the Abhidhamma texts.


Buddhist Abhidharma philosophers then sought to explain all experience by creating lists and matrices matikas of these dharmas, which varied by school. Human experience is thus explained by a series of dynamic processes and their patterns of relationships with each other.

This argument was so central, that north Indian Buddhist schools gpimpses often named according to their philosophical position.