ABHIDHAMMATTHA – SANGAHA. of Anuruddhācariya. A manual of ABHIDHAMMA. Edited in the original Pali Text with English Translation and Explanatory. A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma – The Abhidhammattha Sangaha of Acariya Anuruddha — by Bhikkhu Bodhi. This is the classical. Abhidhammattha-sangaha, (Pāli: “Summary of the Meaning of Abhidhamma”) a highly popular primer, or digest, of the Abhidhamma corpus (the scholastic.

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Whoever the great author or authors of the Abhidhamma may have been, it has to be admitted that he or they had intellectual genius comparable only to that of the Buddha. Readers should try to understand in what sense these technical terms are employed in Abhidhamma. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.

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The American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi released an updated version with the title “A comprehensive manual of Abhidhamma”, with explanations of each section by Ven. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. The Sangaha is one such manual from the 11th or 12th century that is widely used as a novice’s first Abhidhamma textbook.

It deals with realities and a practical way of noble living, based on the experience of those who have understood and realized. Bhavanga and Javana thought-moments, which are explained only in the Abhidhamma, and which have no parallel in modern psychology, are of special interest to a research student in psychology.


To be a master of Abhidhamma all the seven books, together with commentaries and sub-commentaries, have to be read and re-read patiently and critically.

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Abhidhammattha Sangaha

Chief events connected with the process of birth and death are explained in detail. In preparing this translation, Buddhist Psychology by Mrs. Bhikkhu Bodhi for his useful suggestions.

Modern Psychology, limited as it is comes within the scope of Abhidhamma inasmuch as it deals with the mind, with thoughts, thought-processes, and mental states but it does not sanghaa of a psyche or a soul. All mental states are enumerated. The Path of Emancipation is set forth in clear terms.

A supplement to this text is ‘Process of Consciousness and Matter by Ven.


Buddhism teaches a psychology without a psyche. By mastering this book, a general knowledge of Abhidhamma may easily be acquired. Abhidhamma, as the term implies, is the Higher Teaching of the Buddha. It is still the most fitting introduction to Abhidhamma.

Commentators state that the Buddha, as a mark of gratitude to His mother who was born in a celestial plane, preached the Abhidhamma to His mother Deva and others continuously for three months. The Abhidhammatthasangaha was first translated into English by Shwe Zan Aung between andand this was revised and edited by Mrs. Some English equivalents such as consciousness, will, volition, intellect, perception are used in a specific sense in Western Philosophy.

Lankatilaka, a most distinguished artist of Sri Lanka, for his beautiful and symbolical dust jacket design. According to some scholars, Abhidhamma is not a teaching of the Buddha, but is a later elaboration of scholastic monks.


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Lo, the truth will unfold itself. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. There are many technical terms, too, in Abhidhamma which cannot be rendered into English so as to convey their exact connotation.

Francis, the bishop of Rome and the leader of the Roman Catholic Church —. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. Intricate points of the Dhamma are clarified.

It investigates these two composite factors of so-called being to help the understanding of things as they truly are. Views Read Edit View history. It expounds the quintessence of His profound doctrine. In these countries, particularly in Burma where the study of Abhidhamma is pursued most assiduously, the Abhidhammattha Sangaha is regarded as the indispensable key to unlock this abhishammattha treasure-store of Buddhist wisdom. In Abhidhamma all irrelevant problems that interest students and scholars, sangaga having no relation to one’s Deliverance, are deliberately set aside.

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