Abhidhamma and Mind

Sat Jul 10, 2021, 10:00 AM - Sat Feb 12, 2022, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The Abhidhamma Philosophy of the Theravada Tradition

A course taught by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

Dharma College is happy to announce that it Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi will be continuing the program on the Theravada Abhidhamma philosophy that he started this past January. On January 9 and 10, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi gave a two-day online program at Dharma College on the first two chapters of the Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, his annotated edition of the Abhidhammattha-Sangaha. The Sangaha is the primary handbook of Abhidhamma in the Theravada world, used in the monasteries of southern Asia to introduce students to the complex philosophical psychology of the Abhidhamma.

Beginning in July, Ven. Bodhi will continue this series, covering the remaining chapters of the Comprehensive Manual. These deal with such topics as functions and objects of consciousness, the process of consciousness, kamma and rebirth, the material world, and much more. A schedule of the classes can be found below. Most classes will be given on selected Saturdays, but in September the course will be spread out over the three days of the Labor Day weekend.

Each class will be given in two sessions, from 10 am to 12 noon, and from 2 pm to 4 pm PT = 1 pm to 3 pm, and 5 pm to 7 pm. These times are according to Pacific Standard-Times (PST). The two sessions are sequential, not repetitions of the same class.

Before joining the classes that begin this summer, it is recommended that students view the recordings of the classes on the first two chapters of the Comprehensive Manual given this past January, on states of consciousness and mental factors. These can be found at:

Here is a link to the Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma (CMA). Please paste this into your web browser to download for free:


Here is the syllabus (CMA = Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma):

July 10: CMA Chapter 3: Functions, doors, and objects of consciousness.
August 7: CMA Chapter 4: The process of consciousness.
September 4, 5, 6: CMA Chapters 5 & 6 (Labor Day Weekend Retreat). Rebirth consciousness, realms of existence, karma, and the material world.
October 9: CMA Chapter 7: Defilements, aids to enlightenment, and factors of experience.
November 13: CMA Chapter 8: Dependent origination and conditional relations.
The dates for CMA Chapter 9, on meditation practice, will be announced later.

This Abhidhamma course is being conducted in partnership with the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS). Based at Chuang Yen Monastery in upstate New York, BAUS is dedicated to promoting a broad view of the Buddha’s teachings in the United States and offers programs by esteemed teachers of different Buddhist traditions.

If you would like to make an offering to Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, please do so here: