Parinibbana from the Perspective of Abhidhamma

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Parinibbana from the Perspective of Abhidhamma

Postby Bakmoon » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:14 am

I was thinking about the process of rebirth and I started to wonder, how is this process different for the death of an Arahat? Obviously there is no rebirth linking contagiousness, but how else is it different?

Also, how does the experience of Parinibbana fit into the Citta classification scheme? Is it classified as the fruition citta of an Arahat?

And like the fruition, in Parinibbana is there the arising of supramundane citta which take Nibbana as its object?
The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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Re: Parinibbana from the Perspective of Abhidhamma

Postby wouter_doorn » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:55 am


as far as I understand parinibbana means (among othet things) the end of citta. So this is the difference between parinibbana and rebirth, the 5 khanda (consciousness is one of them) cease. With normal rebirth they continue. Nibbana does not fit into the citta scheme. Citta can have nibbana as object, this is what happens with lokuttara citta. This is a big difference between lokuttara citta and other wholesome citta, having nibbana as object. The power of having nibbana as object is so strong that you become stream-enterer and can never fall back.

I hope this answers your question to some extend.

With metta,


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