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pratisaṃkhyānirodha (T. so sor brtags 'gog སོ་སོར་བརྟགས་འགོག་; C. 擇滅無爲), or "analytical cessation," is the cessation due to analytical wisdom. It is one of two types of cessation identified in the Sanskrit tradition, the other being non-analytical cessation (apratisaṃkhyānirodha). Both type of cessation are included in the three types of unconditioned things (asaṃskṛta) listed in the Abhidharma-kosa. It is also identified as a type of mental object (manoviṣaya) within the scheme of the six sense objects.

The Library of Wisdom and Compassion (Vol 2) states:

Analytical sensations ... are true cessations, the absence of obscurations through having applied the antidote – direct realization of emptiness – so that those obscurations can never reappear.[1]

Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics (Vol 1) states:

Analytical cessation refers to the cessation of the afflictions relevant to one’s stage on the path owing to analytical wisdom. An example would be the total elimination of hatred that is attributable to the power of cultivating the path.[2]

Tsepak Rigdzin states:

Analytical cessation [is] cessation gained through the wisdom of meditation and analysis on the four noble truths, e.g. the truth of cessation, within the mental continuum of a worthy one (arya pudgala) on the path of meditation.[3]

The Khenjuk states:

Cessation due to discrimination is the unconditioned quality of being permanently free from what should be relinquished, such as the disturbing emotions, by means of the power of the path, such as discriminating knowledge.[4]

Alternate translations for this term

This term is translated as:

  • analytical cessation
  • cessation of corruption due to individual scrutiny[5]
  • cessation due to discrimination (Gateway to Knowledge)
  • etc.


  1. Dalai Lama & Thubten Chodron 2018, s.v. p. 52.
  2. Thupten Jinpa 2017, s.v. Chapter 12.
  3. Internet-icon.svg སོ་སོར་བརྟགས་འགོག་, Christian-Steinert Dictionary
  4. Mipham Rinpoche 2004, s.v. Verse 2.6.
  5. Rangjung a-circle30px.jpg 'dus_ma_byas_gsum, Rangjung Yeshe Wiki