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....

§ 1.

Yesam, sankhatadhammānam ye dhammā paccayā yathā
Tam vibhāgam ih'edāni pavakkhāmi yathāraham.

§ 2.

Paticcasamuppādanayo, Patthānanayo c'āti paccayasangaho duvidho veditabbo.
Tattha tabbhāvabhāvībhāvākāramattopalakkhito paticcasamuppādanayo.



§ 1.

I shall now explain here, in a fitting manner, how causal states act as relations to the conditioned states (1).

§ 2.

The compendium of relations is twofold:

  1. The Law of Dependent Arising (2), and
  2. The Law of Causal Relations (3).

Of these, the Law of Dependent Arising is marked by the simple happening of a state dependent on its antecedent state (4).

The Law of Causal Relations is said with reference to the existence of conditions that relate to one another.

Teachers explain them by mixing both methods.

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