Vibhanga

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The Vibhanga (vibhaṅga) is a Buddhist Scripture, part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism, where it is included in the Abhidhamma Pitaka.

Translation: The Book of Analysis, tr U Thittila, 1969/1988, Pali Text Society, Bristol

The book is in 18 chapters, each dealing with a particular topic:

  1. aggregate (khandha)
  2. sense bases (āyatana)
  3. elements (dhātu)
  4. truth (sacca)
  5. faculties (indriya)
  6. dependent origination (paticcasamuppāda)
  7. mindfulness foundation (satipaṭṭhāna)
  8. right exertion (sammappadhāna)
  9. base of power (iddhipāda)
  10. enlightenment factor (bojjhanga)
  11. path (magga)
  12. absorption (Jhanas)
  13. immeasurables (appammaññā)
  14. training rules (sikkhāpada)
  15. analysis (paṭisambhidā)
  16. knowledge (ñāṇa)
  17. smaller subjects (khuddhaka vatthu)
  18. heart of the Dhamma (dhammahadaya)

A typical chapter is in three parts:

  1. Sutta method: often consisting of quotations from the Sutta Pitaka
  2. Abhidhamma method: variously by lists of synonyms, numerical classifications, ...
  3. Question method: this applies the matika of the Dhammasangani, asking how many are ...