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Atthasalini (Pali; also Atthasālinī) is a Buddhist text composed by Buddhaghosa in the Theravada Abhidharma tradition. The title has been translated as "The Expositor"[1]or "Providing the Meaning".[2]

In the Atthasālinī, Buddhaghosa explains the meaning of terms that occur in the Dhammasangani, a Buddhist text that is part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.[1]

Mental factors

Within the Atthasālinī, Buddhaghosa explains the meanings of the fifty-two mental factors (Pali: cetasikas) described in the Dhammasangani.[1]


  • Buddhaghosa, Maung Tin, et al. (1958), The Expositor, Pali Text Society


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gorkom (1999), 'Preface' to Cetasikas
  2. Gethin 1998, p. 114.


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