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It is neither long nor short, square nor round, regular nor irregular, convex nor concave.

The Patthana includes the earliest Pali canonical reference to an important answer to this question: Some Abhidharmikas such as the Sarvastivadins also defended an atomic theory. This analysis is the basis for expounding the very nature of existence of the being Bhava conditioned by Anitta impermanenceDukka unsatisfactoriness based on impermanence and hence Anatma selflessness.

They are mere states dhamma occurring due to conditions and void.

However unlike the Hindu Vaisheshika school, Abhidharmic atoms paramannu are not permanent, but momentary. It is similar to consciousness at the time of conception and at the final moment of death. abhidhanma

Abhidharma – Wikipedia

As the last major division of the canon, the Abhidhamma works have had a checkered history. The Vainasikas held that all dharmas hlimpses without svabhava.

These different traditions have some similarities, suggesting either interaction between groups or some common ground antedating the separation of the schools. They were not accepted as canonical by the Mahasanghika school [1] glimpsses and several other schools. Those, on the other hand, who hold that some exist, viz.


Perception and thinking is then seen as a combination of various dharmas. Retrieved from ” https: In terms of the life process, Patisandhi, Bhavanga and Cuti operate, in the ever recurring Samsara Cycle. Posted by Asoka at This type of consciousness in Abhidhamma term is Bhavanga. The Abhidharma then has a soteriological purpose, first and foremost and its goal is to support Buddhist practice and meditation.

Thus, there is a similarity between the traditions of the Adhidhamma and that of the Mahayanawhich also claimed to be too difficult for the people living in the Buddha’s time. The various Abhidhammic traditions have very fundamental philosophical disagreements with each other. Glimpse of Mind in Abhidhamma Abhidhamma is colossal and any attempt at simplifying it is difficult, simply because of the fact that Abhidhamma in Buddhist terminology is an attempt to finely describe the working of the Mind.


For the Sarvastivadins, a synonym for svabhava is avayaya a ‘part’the smallest possible unit which cannot be analyzed into smaller parts and hence it is ultimately real as opposed to only conventionally real such as a chariot or a person. Arising and perishing it flows on like a stream not remaining the same for two consecutive thought moments. The introduction begins with a detailed list of 24 specific types of conditioned relationships paccaya that wbhidhamma pertain between different factors.

The Vaibhasika held that an atom is the smallest analyzable unit of matter rupahence it is a ‘conceptual atom’ prajnapti-paramanuthough this also corresponds to a real existing thing.

Here ‘own-nature’ would mean characteristic nature, which is not something inherent in a dhamma as a separate ultimate reality, but arise due to the supporting conditions both of other dhammas and previous occurrences of that dhamma. Some in the West have considered the Abhidhamma to be the core of what is referred to as ” Buddhism and psychology “.


According to Rupert Gethin however, obvious care and ingenuity have gone into its development.

parafox: Glimpse of Mind in Abhidhamma

The Sarvastivadins saw dharmas as the ultimately ‘real entities’ sad-dravyathough they also held that dharmas were dependently originated. 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. Perception of that sensation as agreeable, disagreeable or neutral.

Thought process has 17 thought moments and Javana has 7 thought moments and Tadarammana has two thought moments and the rest of the eight thought moments are given separate names starting from Atita Bhavanga to Votthappana ending in Javana and Tadarammana.

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 Abhidhamma Pitaka is the third pitaka, or basket, of the Tipitaka Sanskrit: The Jnanaprasthana became the basis for Sarvastivada exegetical works called Vibhasawhich were composed in a time of intense sectarian debate among the Sarvastivadins in Kashmir.