A Manual of Abhidhamma

by Nārada Thera | 80,494 words | ISBN-13: 9789380336510

In the Abhidhammattha Sangaha there is a brief exposition of the Law of Dependent Origination, followed by a descriptive account of the Causal Relations that finds no parallel in any other philosophy. Edited in the original Pali Text with English Translation and Explanatory Notes by Narada Maha Thera....

Section on Planes


§ 15.

Kāmāvacarabhūmiyam pan' etāni sabbāni 'pi vīthicittāni yathāraham upalabbhanti. Rūpavacarabhūmiyam patighajavanatadālambana-vajjitāni.

Arūpavacarabhūmiyam pathamamaggarūpāvacarahasanahetthimāruppavajjitāni ca labbhanti.

Sabbatthā'pi ca tam pasādarahitānam tam tam dvārikavīthicittāni na labbhant' eva.

Asaññasattānam pana sabbathā'pi cittappavatti natth'evā'ti.

§ 16.

Asītivīthicittāni kāme rūpe yathāraham
Catusatthi tathāruppe dvecattālīsa labbhare. 
Ayam'ettha Bhūmivibhāgo.

§ 17.

Icc'evam chadvārikacittappavatti yathāsambhavam bhavangantaritā yāvatāyukamabbhocchinnā pavattatī' ti.

Iti Abhidhammattha-Sangahe Vīthi-Sangaha-Vibhāgo nāma Catuttho-Paricchedo.



§ 15.

In the Sense sphere all these foregoing thought-processes occur according to circumstances.

On the Plane of Form (all) with the exception of javanas connected with aversion and retentive moments.

On the Formless Plane (all) with the exception of the First Path, rūpāvacara consciousness, smiling consciousness, and the lower arūpa classes of consciousness.

In all planes, to those who are devoid of sense-organs, thought-processes connected with corresponding doors do not arise.

To those individuals without consciousness there is absolutely no mental process whatsoever.

§ 16.

In the sense-sphere, according to circumstances, 80[1] thought-processes are obtained, on the Plane of Form 64[2], on the Formless Plane 42[3].

Herein this is the section on Planes.

§ 17.

Thus the thought-processes connected with six doors, as they arise, continue without any break, intercepted by bavangas, while life lasts.

Thus ends the fourty chapter in the Compendium of Abhidhamma, entitled the Analysis of Thought-processes.

Footnotes and references:


Namely, 54 kāmāvācaras + 18 rūpa and arūpa kusalas and kriyās + 8 lokuttaras = 80.


Namely, 10 akusalas (excluding 2 patighas) + 9 ahetuka vipākas (excluding kāya, ghāna and jivhā viññānas) + 3 ahetuka kriyās + 16 kāmāvacara kusalas and kriyās + 10 rūpa kusalas aud kriyās + 8 arūpa kusalas and kriyās + 8 lokuttaras = 64.


Namely, 10 akusalas + 1 manodvārāvajjana + 16 kāmāvacara kusalas and kriyās + 8 arūpa kusalas and kriyās + 7 lokuttaras (excluding sotāpatti magga) = 42.

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