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 work presents an exact translation of the Sangaha
alongside the original Pali text. A detailed, section-by-section
explanatory guide and more than 40 charts and tables lead modern readers
through the complexities of Adhidhamma. A detailed introduction explains the basic principles of this highly revered ancient philosophical psychology.
The Abhidhamma, the third division of the Tipitaka,
is a huge collection of systematically arranged, tabulated and
classified doctrines of the Buddha, representing the quintessence of his
Teaching. Abhidhamma, meaning Higher or Special Teaching, is
unique in its abstruseness, analytical approach, immensity of scope and
conduciveness to one's liberation. In the Abhidhamma, the Buddha treats the dhamma entirely in terms of ultimate reality (paramattha sacca),
analyzing every phenomenon into its ultimate constituents. All relative
concepts such as person, mountain, etc. are reduced to their ultimate
elements which are then precisely defined, classified and systematically
In Abhidhamma, everything is expressed in terms of khandha, five aggregates of existence; ayatana, five sensory organs and mind, and their respective sense objects; dhatu, elements; indriya, faculties; sacca,
fundamental truths; and so on. Relative conceptual objects such as man,
woman, etc. are resolved into ultimate components and viewed as an
impersonal psycho-physical phenomenon, which is conditioned by various
factors and is impermanent (anicca), suffering (dukkha) and without a permanent entity (anatta).
Having resolved all phenomena into ultimate components analytically it aims at synthesis by defining inter-relations (paccaya) between the various constituent factors. This
volume, a recent update of Ven. Mahathera Narada's classic annotated
translation, contains the Pali text, Bhikkhu Bodhi's lucid, revised
translation, and a long introduction by Bhikkhu Bodhi and Ven. U Rewata
Dhamma explaining the basic principles of the text.
400 pages. Paperback.