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Abhidhammavatara (Pali, also Abhidhammāvatāra), according to Encyclopædia Britannica is "the earliest effort at systematizing, in the form of a manual, the doctrines dealt with in the Abhidhamma (scholastic) section of the Theravada Buddhist canon. According to Rupert Gethin, the Abhidhammāvatāra (‘Introduction to Abhidharma’) was "written in the fifth century by Buddhadatta, a contemporary of Buddhaghosa."[2] Buddhadatta was a poet and scholar in the region of the Kaveri River, in southern India".[3]

Also known asComing of Abhidhamma
Date5th century
Place of originKaveri River Region, India

Buddhadatta used this work to sum up and give original systematization to other commentaries dealing with Abhidhamma. It is written in a chapter, verse format, with 24 chapters. The Abhidhammattha-sangaha has, in essence, superseded it.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hoiberg, Dale H., ed. (2010). "Abhidhammāvatāra". Encyclopædia Britannica. I: A-ak Bayes (15th ed.). Chicago, IL: Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. pp. 31. ISBN 978-1-59339-837-8.
  2. ^ Gethin, Rupert (1998-07-16). The Foundations of Buddhism (p. 205). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.
  3. ^ http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1246/Abhidhammavatara