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Abhidharma

The Sanskrit name of the third part of the Buddhist Canon, called in Pali the Abhidhamma Pitaka. Helena P. BLAVATSKY (TG, 3) describes it as the metaphysical part of the TRIPITAKA (The Three Baskets of Traditional Buddhism). The word Pitaka means “basket” and Abhidhamma or Abhidharma suggests development or elaboration (also superiority or intensity) of the teaching (dhamma or dharma). 

See BUDDHISM.

 

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