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Abhidhamma Philosophy
By: Bhikkhu J. Kashyap

Abhidhamma Philosophy, Bhikkhu J. Kashyap

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Author: Bhikkhu J. Kashyap
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9798187032730
Publication Date: 1942/2007

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Product Code: 17758

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Scholars generally believe that the Abhidharma emerged after the time of the Buddha, in around the 3rd century BCE. Therefore, the seven Abhidhamma works are generally claimed by scholars not to represent the words of the Buddha himself, but those of disciples and scholars. Factors contributing to its development could have been the growth of monastic centers, the growing support for the Buddhist sangha, and outside influences from other religious groups.

The "base upon which the entire system rests" is the 'dharma theory' and this theory 'penetrated all the early schools'. For the Abhidharmikas, the ultimate components of existence, the elementary constituents of experience were called dharmas (Pali: dhammas).

The early Buddhist scriptures give various lists of the constituents of the person such as the five skandhas, the six or 18 dhatus, and the twelve sense bases. In Abhidharma literature, these lists of dharmas systematically arranged and they were seen as the ultimate entities or momentary events which make up the fabric of people's experience of reality. The idea was to create an exhaustive list of all possible phenomena that make up the world.
Abhidamma Philosophy, Bhikkhu J. Kashyap, D.L.S. Jayawardana, maha Bodhi Book Agency, Paperback, 1942/2007, 344 pages, $12.00

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