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abhabba-ṠṠhāna

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(Pāli, impossibility). List of nine things of which an Arhat is said to be morally incapable. These are (1–4) breaking the first four of the Five Precepts (pañca-śīla), (5) storing up...

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ābhassara

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(Pāli, radiant). Name of a class of devas or heavenly beings who reside in the Form Realm (rūpa-dhātu). Their ethereal natures are said to be suffused with joy (pīti) and love (maitrī).

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Abhayagiri

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A major ancient monastic complex in Anurādhapura.Sri Lanka.also known as Uttaravihāra. Founded by King Vaṭṭagāmaṇi Abhaya in the 1st century bce it consisted of a monastery (vihāra) and a...

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abhaya-mudrā

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(Skt., ‘fearlessness’ + mudra).

The gesture of being without fear (only acquired in full in the condition of mokṣa).

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abhibhāyatana

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(Skt.). The ‘eight masteries’, or eight fields of the mastery or control of perception. These are meditational exercises described in the Pāli Canon similar to those using coloured objects...

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Abhidhamma-avatāra

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‘An Introduction to Abhidhamma’, being the title of a treatise on Abhidharma (Pāli, Abhidhamma) composed in India by Buddhadatta. The work is mostly in verse and comparable to the...

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Abhidhammattha-saṇgaha

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‘A Compendium of Abhidhamma’. A summary of the essential points of Abhidharma (Pāli, Abhidhamma) philosophy composed sometime in the 11th or 12th century by Anuruddha, a resident of the...

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Abhidhānappadīpikā

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A Pāli dictionary composed in Sri Lanka in the 12th century by Moggallāna Thera. The book consists largely of lists of synonyms for different objects allocated to the three categories of...

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Abhidharma

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(Skt.; Pāli, Abhidhamma). Term meaning ‘higher doctrine’ and denoting the scholastic analysis of religious teachings. The earliest Abhidharma material was composed over several centuries...

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Abhidharma PiṠaka

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(Skt., basket of higher doctrine). The last of the three divisions of the corpus of Buddhist canonical literature known as the Tripiṭaka (Pāli, Tipiṭaka) or ‘three baskets’. The fact that...

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