The Matrix from the Abstract Teaching
(Abhidhamma-Mātikā from Dhammasaṅgaṇī)

An English translation of the section which opens the Abhidhamma teachings and lays the framework for what is to come (with an embedded reading of the text).

edited & translated by
Ānandajoti Bhikkhu
(new edition, October 2011)





Html Table of Contents


[The Triplets Matrix]

[The Pairs Matrix]

[The Pairs Matrix from the Discourses]


Editor’s Preface

This work stands at the beginning of the Abhidhamma, and is used as a tabulation against which various mental factors which are examined in the early sections of the Abstract Teaching are measured. The Dhammasaṅgaṇī itself is, in large part, an explanation of the first three items in the list (on wholesome and unwholesome things and things without consequences).

I hope to expand the present work at some point to include the explanations of the matrix that are given in the Nikkhepakaṇḍa and Aṭṭhakathā sections of Dhammasaṅgaṇī.

In 2011 I revised the Analysis of Mindfulness and this required a revision of this material also. I have also now included simplified footnotes in the English version in line with my current practice.

Ānandajoti Bhikkhu
October 2011


Translations consulted:

Buddhist Psychological Ethics, by Mrs C.A.F. Rhys Davids, translation and study of Dhammasaṅgaṇī, Pali Text Society, 1900, 3rd ed. reprinted Oxford, 1993.

The Dhammasaṅganī, Enumeration of Ultimate Realities, by U Kyaw Khine, DPPS, Yangon, C.E. 1996 = B.E. 2539.