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Pañcaskandhaprakaraṇa (T. phung po lnga'i rab tu byed pa, ཕུང་པོ་ལྔའི་རབ་ཏུ་བྱེད་པ་; C. dasheng wuyun lun), or Summary of the Five Heaps, is a commentary by the Indian scholar Vasubandhu. Commentaries on this work by Sthiramati, Gunaprabha and Pṛthivībandhu are preserved in the Tibetan Tengyur.

According to Buswell, although this work bears similarity to the Abhidharma-kosha (also by Vasubhandu), this work is from Vasubandhu's Mahayana period.[1]

There is also a text by Chandrakirti with the same name.[1]


In English

  • Artemus B. Engle, The Inner Science of Buddhist Practice: Vasubhandu's Summary of the Five Heaps with Commentary by Sthiramati, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2009
  • Stefan Anacker, Seven Works of Vasubandhu: The Buddhist Psychological Doctor, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1984, ISBN 978-8120802032

In French

  • Philippe Cornu, Vasubandhu, Cinq traités sur l'esprit seulement (Paris: Fayard, 2008)
  • J. Dantinne, Le traité des cinq agregats: Pañcaskandhaprakaraṇa de Vasubandhu, Bruxelles 1980

Alternate translations of the title

  • Summary of the Five Heaps (Artemus B. Engle)
  • Analysis of the Five Skandhas (Rigpa wiki)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Princeton Dict icon 166px.png Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. Pañcaskandhaprakaraṇa
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