A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma

by Bhikkhu Bodhi and Mahāthera Nārada

This modern translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Manual of Abhidhamma) offers an introduction to Buddhism’s fundamental philosophical psychology. Originally written in the 11th or 12th century, the Sangaha has served as the key to wisdom held in the Abhidhamma. Concisely surveyed are Abhidhamma’s central themes, including states of consciousness and mental factors, the functions and processes of the mind, the material world, dependent arising, and the methods and stages of meditation. This presents an exact translation of the Sangaha alongside the original Pali text. A detailed, explanatory guide with more than 40 charts and tables lead readers through the complexities of Adhidhamma.

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An introduction into the Abhidharma study

Theme: Comparative Study of Northern and Southern Abhidharma Traditions
Date: 2.23. – 4.12.  2020
Place: Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong (buddhism.hku.hk)

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We thank The University of Hong Kong (buddhism.hku.hk) and Pureland Assembly (purelandassembly.org) for their kindness and for sharing these great lectures.

The Buddhist Psychology of Awakening: An In-Depth Guide to Abhidharma

This practical overview of Buddhist psychology outlines step-by-step methods for examining the source of our habitual tendencies and hangups. In order to truly free ourselves from perpetuating patterns of suffering, the Buddha offered a clear system for understanding our psychological dispositions, processes, fixations, and challenges–a system known as the Abhidharma. This tradition has been studied by Buddhists for over two millennia. 
Professor Steven Goodman has taught on the Abhidharma in both universities and Buddhist retreats for over twenty years, making these traditional teachings accessible for a modern readership for the first time. Goodman explains how becoming aware of our mental patterns can liberate us from cycles of emotional pain and shows how the Abhidharma can be applied to meditation practice through exercises of observation and reflection. This is the go-to manual for anyone interested in the world of Buddhist psychology.

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The Buddhist Analysis of Matter

In The Buddhist Analysis of Matter, renowned scholar Y. Karunadasa interprets the Buddhist view of matter as presented in Theravada Buddhism, based on the Abhidhamma. His comprehensive work draws on both the earlier period containing the seven manuals of the Abhidhamma Pitaka and the later period containing Abhidhammic commentaries, sub-commentaries, and such compendiums as the Abhidhammatthasangaha of Acariya Anuruddha.

In order to bring the subject into a wider perspective, and for more precision, Karunadasa considers the (non-Theravada) Vaibhasika and Sautrantika schools of Buddhism—two of the leading non-Mahayana schools with whom the Theravadins had much in common, both of which subscribed to a realistic view of existence—as well as later sources such as the post-canonical commentaries and related literary sources of Theravada Buddhism. 

This book gives us the first clear picture of the Buddhist analysis of matter as such. Earlier works on this subject have tended to focus on the broad philosophical implications arising from the Buddhist theory of matter and were based more on earlier sources, such as the Pali canonical texts. The Buddhist Analysis of Matter provides a much-needed micro view of the topic with a detailed examination of the Theravadins’ list of rupa-dammas—the ultimate irreducible factors into which material existence is analyzed. It exposes the basic material elements into which the whole of material existence is resolved and explains their interconnection and interdependence on the basis of conditional relations. It concludes with an understanding of the nature and relevance of the Buddhist analysis of matter in the context of Buddhism as a religion.

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The Theravada Abhidhamma: Inquiry into the Nature of Conditioned Reality

The renowned Sri Lankan scholar Y. Karunadasa examines Abhidhamma perspectives on the nature of phenomenal existence. He begins with a discussion of dhamma theory, which describes the bare phenomena that form the world of experience. He then explains the Abhidhamma view that only dhammas are real, and that anything other than these basic phenomena are conceptual constructs. This, he argues, is Abhidhamma’s answer to common-sense realism—the mistaken view that the world as it appears to us is ultimately real.

Among the other topics discussed are

  • the theory of double truth (ultimate and conceptual truth),
  • the analysis of mind,
  • the theory of cognition,
  • the analysis of matter,
  • the nature of time and space,
  • the theory of momentary being, and
  • conditional relations.

The volume concludes with an appendix that examines why the Theravada came to be known as Vibhajjavada, “the doctrine of analysis.”  
Not limiting himself to abstract analysis, Karunadasa draws out the Abhidhamma’s underlying premises and purposes. The Abhidhamma provides a detailed description of reality in order to identify the sources of suffering and their antidotes—and in doing so, to free oneself.

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Comparative Study of Northern and Southern Abhidharma Traditions

The Pure Land Assembly and Hong Kong University (Centre of of Buddhist Studies) organized Bhante’s serie of lectures on Abhidharma. We thank them very much, they are very kind, they recorded the lectures and share it with us. These lectures can be found on a website of The Pure Land Assembly or in a our audio recordings archive.

Bhante prepared text materials for these lectures. It is listed on The Pure Land Assembly website below the video or it can be downloaded here from archive.org.

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The Original Buddhist Psychology: What the Abhidharma Tells Us About How We Think, Feel, and Experience

The Abhidharma, one of the three major text collections of the original Buddhist canon, explores the critical juncture of Buddhist thought and the therapeutic aspects of the religion and meditation. It frames the psychological system of Buddhism, explaining the workings of reality and the nature of the human mind.
Composed of detailed matrixes and lists that outline the interaction of consciousness and reality, The Abhidharma explores the essence of perception and experience, and the reasons and methods behind mindfulness and meditation.
Because of its complexity, the Abhidharma has traditionally been reserved only for academic or monastic study; now, for the first time, clinical psychologist Beth Jacobs makes this dynamic, important text and its teachings available to general readers, using practical explanation, personal stories, and vivid examples to gently untangle the technical aspects of the Abhidharma.
Jacobs’ work illuminates this classic of Buddhist thought, highlighting the ways it can broaden and deepen our experience of the human psyche and offering profound insights into spiritual practice.

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Fenomenologie vědomí

Téma: Fenomenologie vědomí
Místo: FTVS UK, Praha
Datum: 23.10. 2016

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Název nahrávky Tradice Objekt Téma
Fenomenologie vědomí 1.a jižní dharmy dharmy
Fenomenologie vědomí 1.b jižní dharmy dharmy
Fenomenologie vědomí 2.a jižní dharmy dharmy
Fenomenologie vědomí 2.b jižní dharmy dharmy

Buddhistické modely reality – Abhidharmy

Téma: Buddhistické modely reality – Abhidharmy
Místo: Bratislava
Datum: 8.8. – 9.8. 2015

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Název nahrávky Tradice Objekt Téma
01 – Různost konceptů jako příčin rozdílů v chápání reality jižní dharmy dharmy
02 – Fáze procesu vnímání jižní dharmy dharmy
03 – Buddhistické modely realit jižní dharmy dharmy
04 – Meditace na dech I jižní dech dech
05 – Meditace na dech II jižní dech dech
06 – Podmíněné vznikání, objekty reality jižní dharmy dharmy
07 – Definice Sarvastivada a Sautrantika. jižní dharmy sutrantika
08 – Abhidharma – Sarvastivada I. jižní dharmy sarvastiváda
09 – Abhidharma – Sarvastivada II jižní dharmy sarvastiváda
10 – Kritika Abhidharmy – Sautrantika jižní dharmy otázky
Otázky a odpovědi I jižní dharmy otázky
Otázky a odpovědi II jižní dharmy otázky

Theravada Abhidhamma

Theme: Theravada Abhidhamma
Date: 09.10.- 10.02.  2008
Place: Pagode Phat Hue, Germany (www.phathue.de)

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Note: The first recording is missing. But Bhante summarized the first lecture in the second lesson. The recordings were cleaned of hum.