Paramattharupa, aka: Paramattharūpa, Paramattha-rupa; 1 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Paramattharupa in Theravada glossaries]

Paramattharupa (rupa in its ultimate sense ).—Rupa serve various functions in connection with nama dhamma citta and cetasika. In terms of their intrinsic character, there are 28 separate paramattha rupa.

  • 4 mahabhuta rupas,
  • 5 pasada rupas,
  • 4 gocara rupas or visaya rupas ( or 7 gocara or 7 visaya rupas),
  • 2 bhava rupas,
  • 1 hadaya rupa,
  • 1 jivita rupa,
  • 1 ahara rupa or 1 oja rupa ( altogether these 18 rupas are nipphanna rupas),
  • 1 pariccheda rupa or akasa rupa,
  • 2 vinatti rupas,
  • 3 lahutadi rupas ( together with 2 vinatti rupas, these 5 are 5 vikara rupas),
  • 4 lakkhana rupas ( these last 10 rupas are anipphanna rupas.

There are 28 paramattha rupas. In terms of their class there are 11 classes of rupa as shown in above. Among them, 4 mahabhuta rupas are rupa that are called upada rupas. All other 24 rupas have to depend on these 4 mahabhuta rupas. Mahabhuta rupas are the base for all rupas including themselves.

Therefore, there are in total 28 paramattha rupa which are all realities and can be sensed by one of our 6 senses.

(Source): Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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