By Vasubandhu ; L. De LA Vallee Poussin, Leo Pruden
This is often crucial compendium of Indian Buddhist philosophy and psychology. The 4 quantity (app. 1600 pp.) clothbound masterwork starts with a background of abhidharma literature and covers an unlimited array of matters from a Buddhist standpoint. a few of these matters are Buddhist cosmology and the method of rebirth, karma and the Buddhist moral thought, psychological defilements, motives of ache and the trail to enlightenment, the supernatural powers of a Buddha, a taxonomy of meditative states and a refutation of the lifestyles of soul. "... one of many landmark achievements within the historical past of Buddhist reports. hugely instructed for all educational libraries..."--Choice a variety of selection notable Books and Nonprint fabrics (OABN). Contents Translator's Preface The Abhidharma--Leo M. Pruden Abhidharmakosabhasyam--L. Poussin The Dhatus The Indriyas the realm Karma The Latent Defilements the trail and the Saints The Knowledges The Absorptions Refutation of the Pudgala Footnotes Index
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Sutra) study, and to the details of Vinaya study. Horner, Rhys-Davids, and Oldenburg all agree in this interpretation. 2. Digha Nikdya, III, 267: puna ca param avuso bhikkhu dhamma-kamo hoti piya-samudhaharo abhidhamme abhivinaye ulara-pamujjo. Yam p'avuso bhikkhu dhamma-kamo hoti . . pe . . ulara-pamujjo, ayam pi dhammo natha-karano. "And furthermore,friends,he loves the doctrine, the utterance of it is dear to him, he finds exceeding joy in the advanced teaching of both Doctrine and Discipline:' (TW.
85, IV. 133). Kogen Mizuno gives, as a definition of abhidhamma in his Index to the Pali Canon (Part II, p. 34), the "superior dhamma", the "higher dhamma", and the "most distinguished dhamma". J. Thomas, in his History of Buddhist Thought (p. 159,276) gives "special dhamma" and "further-dhamma" as translations for abhidhamma. W. RhysDavids defines abhi-dhamma and abhivinaya as "the higher subtleties of the Dhamma and Vinaya". B. 3 (Sept. 1941), pp. 291-310. According to Horner, the meaning of the word abhidhamma, in the Pali Canon, "fluctuates" between these two definitions (the non-judgmental "concerning the dhamma", and the judgmental "higher, superior (hence, better) dhamma"), but that in point of fact, these two meanings of the word are not mutually exclusive.
A. In one text preserved in Chinese translation (T. 24, p. 408b), vol. 40 of the Ksudrakavastu of the Mula-Sarvastivadin Vinaya, it states that after the First Council had finished reciting the Sutras and the Vinaya, Katyayana said, "Persons of later generations will be of little wisdom and of dull faculties; their understanding will be based on the text [of scriptures], and they will not penetrate to its deeper meaning. " He then recited the 37 components of enlightenment (the bodhyangas, see above, Majj.