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Translations of
English malleability,
Pali madutā

Madutā (Pali) is a Pali term translated as "malleability", and it is the basis for the following pair of mental factors within the Theravada Abhidharma teachings:

  • Kāyamadutā - malleability of mental body (or pliancy of cetisakas)
  • Cittamadutā - malleability of consciousness (or pliancy of citta)

These two mental factors have the characteristic of the subsiding of rigidity (thambha) in the mental body and consciousness, respectively.


Bhikkhu Bodhi states:

The twofold malleability has the characteristic of the subsiding of rigidity (thambha) in the mental body and consciousness, respectively. Its function is to crush rigidity. It is manifested as non-resistance, and its proximate cause is the mental body and consciousness. It should be regarded as opposed to such defilements as wrong views and conceit, which create rigidity.[1]

Nina van Gorkom explains:

According to the Dhammasangani (par 44, 45) this pair of cetasikas consist in suavity, smoothness and absence of rigidity.[2]

The Atthasālinī (I, Book I, Part IV, Chapter I, 130) states:

They have the characteristic of suppressing the rigidity of mental factors and of consciousness; the function of crushing the same in both; the manifestation or effect of setting up no resistance; and have mental factors and consciousness as proximate cause. They are the opponents of the corruptions, such as opinionatedness (diṭṭhi) and conceit which cause mental rigidity.[2]

See also


  1. Bhikkhu Bodhi 2012, Kindle Locations 2367-2369.
  2. 2.0 2.1 van Gorkom 2010, p. 226.


  • Bhikkhu Bodhi (2012), A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings), Independent Publishers Group Kindle Edition 
  • van Gorkom, Nina (2010), Cetasikas, Zolag 
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