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This book is a detailed examination of causal conditioning, the law of cause and effect, analyzing 24 types of conditional relations (paccaya) in relation to the classifications in the matika of the Dhammasangani:
- root or primitive causes (hetu paccaya)
- Loba, Dosa, Moha, Aloba (anti-loba), Adosa (anti-dosa) and Amoha (anti-moha) are regarded in Buddhism as the six root or primitive causes of all thoughts and feelings of mind.
- stimulative causes (arammana paccaya)
- External objects and their effects, such as light and sounds, are ones of the causes of thougts and feelings by stimulating a person's sensations.
- dominant causes (adhipati paccaya)
- A few mental aspects, such as wish (chanda) and motivation (viriya), are belived to be possible dominant causes in Buddhist Psychology because each of them can drivingly dominate the rest of the mental aspects at one time.
- Unitary causes (sahajata paccaya)
- In Pali, saha means "together" and jata means "rise"; according to Abhiddhamma, all the variety of physical or mental features are mere manifestations of a number of fundamental physical or mental principles, and hence all of the variety can be unified to a simple group just like the fundamental forces can be hypothetically unified in theoretical physcis.
- decisive support
- habitual cultivation
- controlling faculty
- jhāna – a relation specific to meditation attainments
- path – a relation specific to the stages on the Buddhist path
- Ronkin, Noa, "Abhidharma", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2014/entries/abhidharma/>.
- 'Patthana Dhamma' HTML E-book by Htoo Naing.
- 'www.patthana.net' Canonical text of Patthana both in English and Pali, guides, lectures, and other materials.
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