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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."[1]

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.[2]

Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics states:

Nonobtainment is asserted to be the substance that constitutes the nonpossession of something that is not obtained.[1]

This formation is identified as:

In the abhidharma tradition of the Vaibhāṣika school, 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)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Thupten Jinpa 2017, s.v. Nonobtainment.
  2. Mipham Rinpoche 2004, s.v. Dispossesion.


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