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Suttas teaching the Abhidhamma

Postby cooran » Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:41 am

Hello all,

A few of the many Sutta references (hope the links are current):

Majjhima Nikaya 112 Chabbisodhana Sutta - The Six-Fold Examination ... hana-e.htm

Majjhima Nikaya 115 Bahudhatuka Sutta - The Many Kinds of Elements ... tuka-e.htm

Majjhima Nikaya 140 Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - The Exposition of the
Properties ... anga-e.htm

Majjhima Nikaya 148 Chachakka Sutta The Discourse of Six Sixes ... akka-e.htm

Majjhima Nikaya 149 Mahaasa.laayatanika Sutta - The Longer Discourse
on the six spheres ... nika-e.htm

Samyutta Nikaya XXII.56 Parivatta Sutta - The (Fourfold) Round ... 2-056.html

Samyutta Nikaya XXII.57 - Seven Bases ... 2-057.html

Samyutta Nikaya 'The Connected Discourses of the Buddha'
beginning at page 627 Part III 14 Dhatu-samyutta (in The Book of
beginning at page 853 Part III 22 Khandha-vagga The Book of the
beginning at page 1133 Part IV 35 Salayatana-vagga The Book of the
Six Sense Bases
Some Visuddhimagga references:
P.547 of Visuddhimagga 'The Path of Purification' XVm, 1 'Description
of the Bases and Elements'
P.552 of Visuddhimagga 'The Path of Purification' XV,17
ff 'Description of the Bases and Elements'
P.649 of Visuddhimagga 'The Path of Purifiction' XVII, 203 [(v) The
Sixfold Base]

Nyanatiloka in his Buddhist Dictionary defines dhatu, ayatana and
khandha as:
dhatu: 'elements', are the ultimate constituents of a whole. (I) The
4 physical elements (dhtu or mah-bhta), popularly called earth,
water, fire and wind, are to be understood as the primary qualities
of matter. <snip> (II) The 18 physical and mental elements that
constitute the conditions or foundations of the process of
perception. <snip>
ayatana: <snip>. The 12 'bases' or 'sources' on which depend the
mental processes, consist of five physical sense-organs and
consciousness, being the six personal (ajjhattika) bases; and the six
objects, the so-called external (bhira) bases
khandha: the 5 'groups (of existence)' or 'groups of clinging'
(updnakkhandha); alternative renderings: aggregates, categories of
clinging's objects. These are the 5 aspects in which the Buddha has
summed up all the physical and mental phenomena of existence, and
which appear to the ignorant man as his ego, or personality.

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Re: Suttas teaching the Abhidhamma

Postby Paul Davy » Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:59 am

Greetings Chris,

Chris wrote:(hope the links are current)

Yes, they are... and thank you for providing links to these important analytical suttas.

Retro. :)
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Re: Suttas teaching the Abhidhamma

Postby nathan » Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:09 am

Nice collection
But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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