Abhidharma

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Abhidharma (Skt.; Pal. Abhidhamma; Tib. ཆོས་མངོན་པ་, མངོན་པ་, chö ngönpa, Wyl. chos mngon pa) — refers to a collection of Buddhist texts that define many of the topics mentioned in the Buddha’s teachings (sutras), and arranges them in classifications, such as the five skandhas, the eight consciousnesses and so on, thereby providing tools for generating a precise understanding of all experience.

The Abdhidharma is known as third of the three pitakas, or collections (literally ‘baskets’), into which the Buddhist teachings are divided. This pitaka is associated with the training in wisdom (Skt. prajñā).