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Abhidharma-mahavibhasa (Sanskrit: abhidharma-mahāvibhāṣa), also known as Mahāvibhāṣā, is a Vaibhashika treatise on Sarvastivada abhidharma translated into Chinese by the scholar–pilgrim Xuanzang and his translation team between 656 adn 659 C.E.[1]

Translations of
English Great Exegesis of Abhidharma
Sanskrit abhidharma-mahāvibhāṣa
Chinese 阿毘達磨大毘婆沙論
(PinyinApidamo dapiposha lun)
Japanese tbd
(rōmaji: Abidatsuma daibibasharon)
Korean tbd
(RR: Abidalma taebibasa non)
Tibetan tbd
(Wylie: Chos mngon pa bye brag bshad pa chen po)

Paul Williams states:

The Mahavibhasa is conceived as an elaborate commentary on the Jñanaprasthana, one of the seven books of the Sarvastivadin Abhidharma. It details extensive doctrinal debates both within Sarvastivada and with others, as well as formulating what became Sarvastivadin orthodoxy.[2]


  1.   Buswell & Lopez 2014, abhidharma-mahāvibhāṣa
  2. Williams 2002, "Some schools of mainstream Buddhist thought".


  •   Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Donald S. (2014), The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton University 
  • Williams, Paul (2002), Buddhist Thought, Taylor & Francis, Kindle Edition 

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