Abhidharmakosa Study Materials for additional resources for studying this text. Abhidharmakosa Chapter 1 ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY LEO M. PRUDEN. Thomas) and the third chapter of the Abhidharmakosa of Vasubandhu . French. Although English language materials for the study of the Abhidharma literature. : Abhidharmakosa-Bhasya of Vasubandhu: The Treasury of the Abhidharmakosabhasyam, 4 Volume Set (English, French and Sanskrit Edition).

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This is the most important compendium of Indian Buddhist philosophy and psychology. The four volume clothbound masterwork begins with a history of abhidharma literature and covers a vast array of subjects from a Buddhist viewpoint. Some of these subjects are Buddhist cosmology and the process of rebirth, karma and the Buddhist ethical theory, mental defilements, causes of suffering and the path to enlightenment, the supernatural powers of a Buddha, a taxonomy of meditative states and a refutation of the existence of soul.

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Please try again later. For the time being, this is the best and one of the only English language translations of Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakosabhasyam, one of the most important works in Buddhist literature.

A forthcoming work in English may render this volume less important, but it is not clear when that translation is going to be published. Thus, for the time being, this is the edition to refer to for those who are not able to read in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese or Japanese. So it is not a case of this work merely being a translation from French into English. Pruden has checked the work against the Sanskrit text which was not available in most instances to Poussin at the time of his translation to examine it for accuracy.

In fact, one could argue that since it is based also on an understanding of the Chinese and Japanese translations and traditions, it may be possibly? This is because, unlike some translation jobs, the translation of Buddhist texts is very much dependent upon interpretation, and therefore a knowledge of the commentarial traditions that have emerged in living Buddhist societies. That being said, this, along with Asanga’s Abhidharmasamuccaya, is the most important work on the “Abhidharma”– a crucial aspect of Buddhist thought.


Abhidharma is one of the five main topics studied in Gelugpa Tibetan monasteries, for example. It examines issues such as the aggregates, perception and cognition, mental states and emotions, the sense faculties, and so forth. For those with no prior knowledge of Abhidharma, one might be better off beginning with a shorter introductory work before heading straight into this lengthy treatise.

Chogyam Trungpa has written a short work on Abhidharma, but unfortunately there are not that many accessible studies written in English to my knowledge. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping.


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