abhidharma

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Glossaryabhidharma

Sanskrit Noun

abhidharma

abhidharma
अभिधर्म
ཆོས་མངོན་པ།
阿毗达磨

Basic Meaning

Abhidharma generally refers to the corpus of Buddhist texts which deals with the typological, phenomenological, metaphysical, and epistemological presentation of Buddhist concepts and teachings. The abhidharma teachings present a meta-knowledge of Buddhist sūtras through analytical and systemic schemas and are said to focus on developing wisdom among the three principles of training. The Abhidharma is presented alongside Sūtra and Vinaya as one of the three baskets of the teachings of the Buddha.

Term Variations
Key Term abhidharma
Topic Variation abhidharma
Tibetan ཆོས་མངོན་པ།  ( Chö ngonpa)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration chos mngon pa  ( Chö ngonpa)
Devanagari Sanskrit अभिधर्म  ( abhidharma)
Romanized Sanskrit abhidharma  ( abhidharma)
Chinese 阿毗达磨
Chinese Pinyin āpídámó
Buddha-nature Site Standard English abhidharma
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term manifest knowledge
Ives Waldo's English Term abhidharma
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning Abhidharma generally refers to the corpus of Buddhist texts which deals with the typological, phenomenological, metaphysical, and epistemological presentation of Buddhist concepts and teachings. The abhidharma teachings present a meta-knowledge of Buddhist sūtras through analytical and systemic schemas and are said to focus on developing wisdom among the three principles of training. The Abhidharma is presented alongside Sūtra and Vinaya as one of the three baskets of the teachings of the Buddha.
Related Terms sūtra
Term Type Noun
Definitions
Tshig mdzod Chen mo ཟག་པ་མེད་པའི་ཤེས་རབ་རྗེས་འབྲངས་དང་བཅས་པ་དང་།་དེ་མངོན་དུ་བྱ་བའི་ཐོས་བསམ་གྱི་ཤེས་རབ་ལ་སོགས་དང་།་དེ་དག་སྟོན་པའི་གཞུང་སྟེ།་ལྷག་པ་ཤེས་རབ་ཀྱི་བསླབ་པ་གཙོ་བོར་སྟོན་པའི་བཀའ་དང་དགོངས་འགྲེལ་རྣམས་སོ།