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Asaṃjñika (T. 'du shes med pa; C. de) is "a type of substance that temporarily stops minds and mental factors in the mindstreams of gods born in [the realm of] nondiscernment."[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


  1. Book icoline.svg Thupten Jinpa (editor), Ian James Coghlan (translator), Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Volume 1: The Physical World (Wisdom: 2017), s.v. "Glossary"

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