Aprāpti (T. ma thob pa; C. feide) is defined in the Sanskrit Abhidharma tradition as a subtance that "constitutes the non-possession of something that is not attained."
The Khenjuk states:
- Something such as a virtue which is diminished or degenerated from being an acquisition (prāpti) in one's being is called a dispossession.
- Nonobtainment is asserted to be the substance that constitutes the nonpossession of something that is not obtained.
This formation is identified as:
- one of the fourteen non-concurrent formations of the Abhidharma-kosa
- one of the twenty-four non-concurrent formations of the Gateway to Knowledge
In the abhidharma tradition of the Vaibhāṣika school, the non-concurrent formations are understood as substantially existent entities. In the Sautrantika abhidharma and in the higher abhidharma traditions, these formations are understood as imputations that arise from the mind.
Translations of this term into English
- nonobtainment (T. ma thob pa) (Ian James Coghlan)
- dispossession (T. ma thob pa) (Erik Pema Kunsang)
- dispossession or nonaquisition (T. 'thob pa med pa) (Buswell, Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism)
- Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Donald S. (2014), The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton University
- Chim Jampaiyang (2019), Jinpa, Thupten, ed., Ornament of Abhidharma: A Commentary on Vasubandhu's Abhidharmakosa, translated by Coghlan, Ian James (Apple Books ed.), Library of Tibetan Classics
- Mipham Rinpoche (2004), Gateway to Knowledge, I, translated by Kunsang, Erik Pema, Rangjung Yeshe Publications
- Thupten Jinpa, ed. (2017), Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Volume 1: The Physical World, translated by Coghlan, Ian James, Wisdom Publications