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Abhidharma-dīpa

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‘Lamp of Abhidharma’, being a Sarvāstivādin Abhidharma text of uncertain authorship, though sometimes thought to have been composed by Vasumitra in response to Vasubandhu's Abhidharma-kośa....

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Abhidharma-kośa

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‘Treasury of Abhidharma’, a key Abhidharma text in verse written by Vasubandhu and summarizing Sarvāstivādin tenets in eight chapters with a total of about 600 verses. The verses are then...

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Abhidharma-kośa-bhāṣya

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Vasubandhu's auto-commentary to his Abhidharma-kośa in which he criticizes the interpretations of the Vaibhāṣikas and others of the tenets he presented in that work. His critique is made...

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Abhidharma-samuccaya

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An Abhidharma text composed in prose by the Yogācārin scholar-monk Asaṇga. Largely Mahāyāna in orientation, the treatise conforms in structure to the pattern of traditional Abhidharma...

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abhijjhā

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(Pāli, covetousness). One of a range of terms used to denote sensory attachment. It is synonymous with craving (tṛṣṇā) and desire (lobha).

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abhijñā

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(Skt.; Pāli, abhiññā). Supernormal knowledge or supernatural cognition, normally acquired through the development of the power of samādhi or meditative trance. Up to six forms are...

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abhimāna

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(Skt.). Conceit or arrogance, an aspect of the major kleśa pride. Abhimāna is characterized by the arrogant posturing that one has achievements which one does not actually possess.

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abhimukhī-bhūmi

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(Skt.). The sixth of the Bodhisattva Levels (bhūmi). According to the Daśabhūmika Sūtra it means ‘the level which is present or turned towards’, and is so-called because at this level the...

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Abhirati

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The eastern Buddha-field or Pure Land associated with the Buddha Akṣobhya and described in the Akṣobhya-tathāgatasya-vyūha Sūtra. Though the focus of some devotional interest in early...

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abhisamaya

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(Skt.). Direct and clear understanding or realization of the Dharma.

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