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The Mystique of the Abhidhamma

While the ab­hid­hamma is pre­sented as be­ing based on the Buddha’s ul­ti­mate dis­cern­ment of ‘mind & mat­ter’, in re­al­ity the clas­si­cal Theravādin ab­hid­hamma is a scholas­tic phi­los­o­phy which is lit­tle un­der­stood, and which, if ex­am­ined crit­i­cally, is full of in­co­heren­cies. Within Buddhist tra­di­tion, how­ever, the ab­hid­hamma is per­haps more sig­nif­i­cant for its purely re­li­gious or mys­ti­cal sig­nif­i­cance, rather than as a guide for prac­tice or un­der­stand­ing.