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Abhidhamma Pitaka[edit | edit source]

The Abhidhamma Pitaka is the last of the three divisions of the Tipitaka. The compilation of the Buddha's teachings classified as the Abhidhamma deals with the quintessence of the Doctrine in purely academic terms, without reference to individuals and events.
The traditional view, is that the Abhidhamma Pitaka was taught by the Buddha years after his Enlightenment when he visited the deva(angel) world (Heaven) in order to teach this to his departed mother and to other devas(angels) there for their own enlightenment & emancipation.
According to Theravada tradition, this systematic exposition of the Dhamma was transmitted to the devas(angels) of the Tavatimsa heaven, who were entrusted to keeping this doctrine safe until such time as the Buddha thought it appropriate to reveal these teachings to his disciples in the human realm.
As stated by Buddha, Abhidhamma is to disappear first in times of evil on earth, and it almost did for a long time.

An effort is made here to collect it from various sources & make it available to the mankind (again) & in English for everyone. 

Abhidhamma Pitaka is divided into seven books. Just as Abhidhamma is heart of all teachings of Buddha, the book of 'Vibhanga' (The Book of Analysis) can be considered as the core of all teachings, by knowing which all the teachings of Buddha can be known.

Note : Abhidhamma may appear very plain & theoretical but it can only be appreciated along with a good practice of meditation which brings out the essence of it by experience.

Seven Books Of Abhidhamma[edit | edit source]

  1. Dhammasangani - Enumeration of Phenomena
  2. Vibhanga - The Book of Analysis
  3. Dhatukatha - Discussion with Reference to the Elements
  4. Puggalapannatti - Designation of Individuals
  5. Kathavatthu - Points of Controversy
  6. Yamaka - The Book of Pairs
  7. Patthana - The Book of Relations
    1. Short Patthana Version 1 - The Patthanuddesa Dipani (1)
    2. Detailed Patthana Version 2 - Patthana Dhamma (2)

Additional Texts :[edit | edit source]

Atthasalini(The Expositor) (By Buddhaghosa, Translated by Maung Tin)

Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification) (By Buddhaghosa, Translated by Bhikku Nan amoli)

A Manual of Abhidhamma (By Narada Thera)

Commentary :[edit | edit source]


The Theravada Abhidhamma with Bhikkhu Bodhi (Class -1, 5 Mar 2018)

Original Pali Version[edit | edit source]


Click the link below to access the original Abhidhamma files in Pali language, the language spoken by Buddha.

Abhidhamma, Pali

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