Author: B.C. Law
Product Type: Hardcover Book and Free PDF eBook
Pages or No. of Discs: 125
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The fourth volume of the Abhidhammapitaka, although it appears to be the earliest of the Abhidhamma texts and contains many statements about the "person" (puggala) found elsewhere in the Sutta-Pitaka.
Different types of individuals are classified according to a manner of enumeration. Each chapter is set in order by the number of divisions for each type of classification. For example, chapter 1 is titled Division of Human Types by One and gives 50 types of persons designated with particular quality or characteristic with only one division or specification for each type: What sort of person is one of perturbable nature? What sort of person is restrained by fear? What sort of person is an eye-witness?.
Each chapter increases the number of specifications by one additional division for each type of human being. Chapter 2 is titled Division of Human Types by Two and gives 27 types of persons each with two divisions: What sort of person is angry? ...is a slanderer? What sort of person is crafty? ...is deceitful? Which two persons are easily satisfied? Chapter 3 is titled Division of Human Types by Three and gives 17 types of persons having a particular characteristic of three divisions: What sort of person is hopeless? ...is hopeful? ...is he who has lost hope? What sort of person is 'foul-mouthed'? ...a 'flower-speaker'? ...'honey-tongued'? Who are the three teachers? And so on. The last chapter completes the book with the Division of Human Types by Ten.