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what is a dhammakkhandha?

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:45 am
by canadianbuddhist
hello,

just wondering what is a dhammakkhandha?

I have heard there are 84000 dhammakkhandha.

can someone let me know?

Re: what is a dhammakkhandha?

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:33 am
by Dhammanando
The texts offer a number of different ways of classifying the Dhammavinaya: the nine limbs, the three baskets, the five nikāyas, etc. The 84,000 dhammakkhandha scheme is one of the less often used ones. It's first mentioned by Ānanda in his Theragāthā verses:
dvāsīti buddhato gaṇhiṃ, dve sahassāni bhikkhuto |
caturāsītisahassāni, ye me dhammā pavattino ||


I learned 82,000 from the Buddha,
And 2,000 from the monks;
These 84,000
Are the teachings I have memorized.
And its meaning is explained in the Atthasālinī:

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