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The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma

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The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma

Postby cooran » Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:40 am

Hello all,

You may be interested in this study out of the University of Hong Kong:

The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma by Ankur Barua
~ Introduction,
~Meaning of the term Abhidhamma,
~Origin of the Theravada Abhidhamma,
~Pre-Abhidhammika Abhidhamma,
~The Matikas and Seven Original Textbooks of the Theravada Abhidhamma,
~Post-Canonical and Pre-Commentarial Treatises related to Abhidhamma,
~Post-Cannonical commentaries and Sub-commentaries on the Abhidhamma,
~Compendiums on Abhidhamma,
~Official Inclusion of the Abhidhamma Pitaka during the Third Buddhist Council,
~The High Esteem of the Abhidhamma in Buddhist Tradition,
~Evaluation of the Authenticity of the Abhidhamma,
~Conclusion

http://www.scribd.com/doc/14798028/The- ... Abhidhamma

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Re: The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:25 am

Greetings Cooran,

Cool, thanks for this. I've had a quick look through a couple of this author's works over the last week and he seems to have some interesting things to say. Have you read it yet? What did you think?

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Re: The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma

Postby Paññāsikhara » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:28 am

Thanks for the link, Cooran.

What I find interesting is that the conclusions in the article do not seem to match the conclusions that the teacher of the course for which the article was written himself hold. Of course, a student need not hold the view of the teacher. But I find the discrepancy quite apparent. A bit startling, even.

In fact, who is this Ankur Barua, after all? ;)
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Re: The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:52 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma

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Re: The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:59 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma

Postby jcsuperstar » Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:30 am

dont most early schools have an abhidhamma/abhidharma?
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Re: The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:12 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma

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Re: The Literature of the Theravada Abhidhamma

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:49 am

Greetings pt1,

Thanks for your explanation.

If I find anything in this current text which provides some information, I'll be sure to present it here.

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine


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