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Mental factors in the Abhidhamma

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Mental factors in the Abhidhamma

Postby LinLin64 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:03 pm

I've just starting to explore the Abhidhamma sangaha, and finding Bhikku Bodhi's Comprehensive Manual fabulous.

When I checked in Wikipedia for the Abhidhamma, I see there is a Theravada list with 52 mental formations, but that a Mahayana list has 51. The groupings and factors are a little different.

My question is, how is it that they are not one and the same list of mental factors?

Thanks in advance.

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"I do not perceive even one other thing, o monks, that when developed and cultivated entails such great happiness as the mind" (AN 1.10, transl. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi)
"So this spiritual life, monks, does not have gain, honor, and renown for its benefit, or the attainment of moral discipline for its benefit, or the attainment of concentration for its benefit, or knowledge and vision for its benefit. But it is this unshakable liberation of mind that is the goal of this spiritual life, its heartwood, and its end," (MN 29, transl. Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi)

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Re: Mental factors in the Abhidhamma

Postby Ben » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:56 am

I am coming to the conclusion that the Abhidhamma is absolutely indispensable to my own practice.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Mental factors in the Abhidhamma

Postby StillABC » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:37 pm

If you find Abidhamma in Daily Life of Nina useful, you may find that "Survey of Paramattha Dhammas", by Sujin Boriharnwanaket is also useful.

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Re: Mental factors in the Abhidhamma

Postby SarathW » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:18 pm

It is great to see some Abhidhamma enthusiast here.

If you are a beginner it is a good idea to read the summary of Abhidhamma by Mr. N.G.K. Mendis.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el322.html

I use Ven. Narada’s Manual of Abhidhamma.

http://www.stefan.gr/buddhism/
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In regard to your OP, please consider 52 mental factors are only a guide to understand your mental state in a given time.
When you meditate you can be aware whether you have anger, attachment, remorse etc.
It is like the spectrum of colours. We say there are seven colours. But it is a quite an arbitrary notions.
If you go to a paint shop you can see thousand of colour shades.
Colours are the visible lights. There is an invisible light spectrum as well.
The same way there are mental states only can be experienced by meditators.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Mental factors in the Abhidhamma

Postby StillABC » Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:51 pm

To read Abhidhamma Sangaha, may i suggest reading Ch. 1 Cittas, Ch. 2 Cetasikas and Ch. 6 ruupa, matter or material form or physical phenomena first before going to other chapters. Ch. 4 should be the last chapter to review.


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