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The Abhidhamma Pitaka consists of seven treatises – namely,
- i. Dhammasangani,
- ii. Vibhanga,
- iii. Dhātukathā,
- iv. Puggalapaññatti,
- v. Kathāvatthu,
- vi. Yamaka
(Dhammasangani Vibhangañ ca – Kathāvatthu ca Puggalam Dhātu-Yamaka-Pathānam-Abhidhammo’ ti vuccati)
Dhammasangani – “Classification of Dhammas”.
This book is divided into four chapters, viz:-
- (1) – (Citta) Consciousness,
- (2) – (Rūpa) Matter,
- (3) – (Nikkhepa) Summary,
- (4) – (Atthuddhāra) Elucidation.
The 22 Tika Mātikās (Triplets) and the 100 Duka-Mātikās (Couplets), which comprise the quintessence of the Abhidhamma, are explained in this book. The major part of the book is devoted to the explanation of the first triplet – kusalā dhammā, akusalā dhammā and abyākatā dhammā. In extent the book exceeds thirteen Bhānavāras* (recitals), i.e., more than 104,000 letters.
* Bhānavāra = 250 verses: 1 verse = 4 lines: 1 line = 8 letters. One Bhānavāra, therefore, consists of 8000 letters
According to “Abhidhammattha-Sangaha” by Nārada Thera, Vājirārāma, Colombo