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Atthasālinī (Pali) is a Buddhist text composed by Buddhaghosa in the Theravada Abhidharma tradition. The title has been translated as "The Expositor"[1] or "Providing the Meaning".[2] In the Atthasālinī, Buddhaghosa explains the meaning of terms that occur in the Dhammasangani, a Buddhist text that is part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.[1]

Mental factors[edit]

Within the Atthasālinī, Buddhaghosa explains the meanings of the fifty-two mental factors (Pali: cetasikas) described in the Dhammasangani.[1]



  1. ^ a b c van Gorkom (2009), Preface Archived July 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Gethin 1998, p. 114.


  • Gethin, Rupert (1998), Foundations of Buddhism, Oxford University Press
  • van Gorkom, Nina (2010), Cetisikas, Zolag