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"Abhidharma" is a book by Chögyam Trungpa.


Abhidharma or Abhidhamma are ancient Buddhist texts which contain detailed scholastic and scientific reworkings of doctrinal material appearing in the Buddhist sutras, according to schematic classifications. The Abhidhamma works do not contain systematic philosophical treatises, but summaries or abstract and systematic lists.

  • also known as 阿毘曇

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Google previewGlimpses of Abhidharma (2001)

From a Seminar on Buddhist Psychology by Chogyam Trungpa

Abhidharma is a very precise way of looking at mind. Any tendency of mind, even the subtlest suggestion of a tendency can be viewed with great precision—even something as slight as the irritation from having a fly perched on one's leg.

Google previewPsyche's Palace: How the Brain Generates the Light of the Soul (2007)

by David Aaron Holmes

The Abhidharma is an analysis of the process of ego formation. The ego is that which forms in an attempt to reconcile desires and conflicts relating to the outside world. It is the mediator that bears the burden of the uncertainty as to whether ...

Google previewTransforming Consciousness (2014)

Yogācāra Thought in Modern China by John Makeham

Abhidharma is a general term referring to scholastic presentations of Buddhist doctrine.

Google previewText, History, and Philosophy (2016)

Abhidharma across Buddhist Scholastic Traditions

Hence, the Abhidharma refers to the detailed analysis ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Buddhism (2013)

by Damien Keown, Charles S. Prebish

The Abhidharma was never, however, only a practice of list-making for the purposes of standardization and the reliable transmission of the Buddha's teachings. The Abhidharma was also directed to explanation and elaboration, making explicit ...

Google previewDictionary of World Philosophy (2013)

by A. Pablo Iannone

abhidharma This term literally means primary teaching. As a proper name, abhidharma refers both to the earliest texts presenting, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Buddhism (2009)

by Carl Olson

See also ABHIDHARMA PITAKA. ABHIDHARMA-KOSA. A Sanskrit term that can be translated as “the treasury ofAbhidharma.” It represented a text written by Vasubandhu (fourth or fifth century) that summarized and defended the position of ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary of Religion (1993)

by M. Pye

The Sanskrit equivalent, Abhidharma Pitaka, designates comparable works of other schools of Buddhism, although the contents diverge significantly. See also TRiPITAKA. Abhidhamma Pitaka. See ABHidham MA; TRIPITAKA . abhidharma.

Google previewA Concise Encyclopedia of Buddhism (2013)

by John Powers

An importantSanskrit scholastictreatise written byASAṄGA, which attempts to construct a MAHĀYĀNA ABHIDHARMA. It focuses particularlyon the characteristics of DHARMAS ...

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of Religion (1993)

by Irving Hexham

ABHIDHARMA: an early BUDDHIST collection of literature which outlines the basic DOCTRINES of Buddhism. The most complete version of the ...

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