Introduction, Overview, etc.   5 comments

Homage to the Awakened Ones!

Posted here will be a collection of Abhidharmakosa study materials.

I taught a class on the Abhidharmakosa and here I simply want to share some of what I put together in preparing for the class.

I found memorizing the karika to be a great way to become intimate with this teaching.

For now, I will simply post the study materials as PDF documents.

Here are the introductory materials:

Kosa Introductory

Please leave comments, corrections, questions, etc.

Thank you very much.

with palms joined,


Posted May 25, 2010 by abhidharmakosa in Uncategorized

5 responses to “Introduction, Overview, etc.

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Dear Korin,

    You write: “I found memorizing the karika to be a great way to become intimate with this teaching.”

    –> that´s a good idea – first, we need a guideline through the karikas as indication/orientation where the author will/can bring us; and then looking closer with the commentaries;

    do you have the karikas of all 9 chapters in translation (pdf)?
    I would be interested.

    Particularly I would be interested to see Samghabhadras Vaibhasika commentary (the authority of Vaibhasika-philosophy as mentioned by buddhist scholars) – because if I´m not in error – Vasubandhu seems to stress the Sautrantika viewpoint in his autocommentary [ = guiding the ordinary seeing to higher seeing through analytical breaking – whereas if Samghabhadra defends the Vaibhasika direction (as mentioned by scholars) so I think he must consolidate/confirm the synthetical/spontaneous higher seeing as already seeing; the “problem”(upayakausalya) with this interpretation (as I believe) is that if one really tries to understand the Vaibhasika-viewpoint he/she already needs a “buddha”-look at reality; so strictly one must be preliminarily familiar with a minimum of Madhyamaka, Yogacara and Sautrantika interpretations…].
    It would be a great service to sincere philosophical investigators to see a translation of Samghabhadras Nyayanusara and the great Mahavibhasa. But perhaps that´s too difficult. It seems that even tibetan scholars do not have access to these important works because (as far as I can actually see in translated buddhist literature) the two texts are rarely quoted. But even in Japan those two texts seem to be treated only by specialists with high linguistic and cognitive abilities.

    sincerely, Mikael.

    A – 7000 Eisenstadt

    • Hi Mikael,

      Translations of Samghabhadra’s Nyayanusara and the Mahavibhasa would be good. Such translation is beyond my linguistic capabilities.
      Dhammajoti’s Sarvastivada Abhidharma includes a number of passages and citations from both of these works – often comparing the positions in those texts with the Abhidharmakosa. If you are interested, you can read an excerpt and find ordering info here:
      Dhammajoti presents Samghabhadra’s counter-arguments very nicely, but I still find Vasubandhu’s position more compelling.

      I would say that both the Vaibhasika approach and the Sautrantika approach as expressed in the Kosa are equally analytical.

      I am working on the pdf files for the rest of the Kosa – I hope to post them in July and August.

      Thank you for your comments!

    • Mahavibhasa was totally traslated into Chinese by Xuanzang(玄奘) during Tang dynasty. And in 20th centery, chinese monk named Fazun(法尊) translated all of them into tibetan and storage them in the Potala Palace, but they may have losed now. I haven’t heard any indian commentary on Mahavibhasa traslated into chinese, but Xuanzang have a lineage from Nalanda.

      Abhidharmakosa is also much more important in China Buddhism trandition than Mahavibhasa, several Xuanzang’s student have commentary on it.

  2. Table page overlaps Pages 11 and 12, obscuring part of the contents. For a class room setting, these discreet files are easier to work with than the larger 100 + documents you kindly included in your September 2010 updates.

    But, thank you for providing these guides and summaries. It makes the study of the Abhidhammakosa so much easier to study.

    With Metta,


    • Problem solved with latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Acrobat Reader X.

      Korin, Thank you for this web site!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: