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Treasury of Abhidharma

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The Treasury of Abhidharma (Skt. Abhidharmakośa; Tib. ཆོས་མངོན་པའི་མཛོད་, Ngön Pa Dzö; Wyl. chos mngon pa'i mdzod) and Auto-Commentary on the Treasury of Abhidharma (Skt. Abhidharmakośa-Bhāṣya). These works were composed by Vasubandhu, one of the 'Six Ornaments', the greatest Buddhist authorities of Ancient India. Abhidharmakosha is a complete and systematic account of the Abhidharma, and is the peak of scholarship in the Fundamental Vehicle. It is included among the so-called "Thirteen great texts", which Form the core of the curriculum in most shedras and on which Khenpo Shenga provided commentaries.

Outline

The text is divided into eight topics:

  1. The elements (Skt. Dhātu)
  2. The faculties (Skt. Indriya)
  3. The World (Skt. Loka)
  4. Actions (Skt. Karma)
  5. 'Subtle developers' (Skt. anuśaya) (i.e. negative emotions)
  6. The Path and the individual (Skt. mārgaprahāṇa)
  7. Wisdom (Skt. jñāna)
  8. Meditative equipoise (Skt. Samāpatti)

Commentaries

Indian

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Tibetan

The following are among the best known Tibetan commentaries on the Abhidharmakosha:

Translations

Tibetan

English

French

Further Reading

See Also

External Links

Source

RigpaWiki:Treasury of Abhidharma