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avijñaptirūpa (T. rnam par rig byed ma yin pa’i gzugs རྣམ་པར་རིག་བྱེད་མ་ཡིན་པའི་གཟུགས་; C. wubiaose) is translated as "imperceptible form," "nonindicative form," etc. It is identified within the Sanskrit Abhidharma tradition as a type of rūpa (form) that is not perceptible to the senses. For example, a vow is categorized as avijñaptirūpa.

Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics states:

Nonindicative form, such as the form of a vow, is material form that does not reveal or indicate the mind that motivates it.[1]

Avijñaptirūpa is identified as:

In the abhidharma tradition of the Vaibhāṣika school, the imperceptible forms are understood as substantially existent entities. In the Sautrantika Abhidharma and in the Higher Abhidharma traditions, imperceptible forms are understood as mental objects (that is, aspects of the mind).

Alternate translations


  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), Note 78

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