The Abhidhamma, the 3rd nice department of early Buddhist instructing, expounds a progressive process of philosophical psychology rooted within the dual Buddhist insights of selflessness and based origination. according to the liberative thrust of early Buddhism, the program organizes the full spectrum of human attention round the poles of Buddhist doctrine - bondage and liberation, Samsara and Nirvana - the start line and the ultimate target. It thereby maps out, with outstanding rigour and precision, the interior panorama of the brain to be crossed during the functional paintings of Buddhist meditation.
In this e-book of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, one in all our age's prime exponents of Theravada Buddhism, makes an attempt to penetrate underneath the bold face of the Abhidhamma and to make its rules intelligible to the considerate reader of at the present time. His aspect of concentration is the recognition bankruptcy of the Dhammasangani, the 1st treatise of...
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He recognizes that these works serve a valuable purpose by compressing and organizing into a compact, digestible format a vast mass of material that might otherwise intimidate and overwhelm a novice student of the subject. What he maintains, however, is that familiarity with the manuals is not sufficient. Illuminating and fruitful lines of thought lie hidden in the original texts, and it is only by unearthing these through deep inquiry and careful reflection that the riches of the Abhidhamma can be extracted and made available, not to Buddhist studies alone but to all contemporary attempts to understand the nature of human experience.
It delineates the conditional relations that hold between the diverse mental and material phenomena disclosed by analysis, binding them together into a dynamic and tightly interwoven whole. Each of the books of the Abhidhamma has its authorized commentary. Since the commentaries on the last five books are combined into one volume, there are three Abhidhamma commentaries: the Atthasālinī (on the Dhammasaṅgaṇī); the Sammoha-vinodanī (on the Vibhaṅga); and the Pañcappakaraṇa-aṭṭhakathā (on the other five books).
If, however, we understand ontology in a wider sense as the philosophical discipline concerned with determining what really exists, with discriminating between the real and the apparent, then we could justly claim that the Abhidhamma is built upon an ontological vision. 6 The theory as such is not articulated in the Abhidhamma Piṭaka, which rarely makes explicit the premises that underlie its systematizing projects, but comes into prominence only in the later commentarial literature, particularly in the commentaries to the Abhidhamma manuals.