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Equal-headed (samasīsin): an Abhidharma Innovation and Commentarial Developments
Author 關則富
Source Buddhist Studies Review
Volumev.35 n.1-2
Pages135 - 160
PublisherEquinox Publishing Ltd.
Publisher Url
LocationSheffield, UK [謝菲爾德, 英國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteSpecial Issue: Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings: Studies in Memory of L.S. Cousins
AbstractThe suicide accounts of three bhikkhus in sutta literature probably inspired the formulation of a particular type of person who attains Arahantship at death, later designated as an ‘equal-headed’ (samasīsin) person in the
Abhidhamma. The Theravāda tends to depict those bhikkhus as non-Arahants before suicide. The Pali commentary explains that they did not attain Arahantship until their deaths and refers to two of them as each being an ‘equal-header’ (samasīsī). By contrast, the (Mūla-)Sarvāstivāda sūtras and Abhidharma portray them as Arahants during their lifetimes. The Sarvāstivādins deny the concept of samasīsin proposed by the Vibhājyavādins, which include the Theravāda and Dharmaguptaka schools. The Pali commentaries provide various explanations and classifications of samasīsin, which have one idea in common: the term signifies the concurrence of two events, and it denotes at least a person who only becomes an Arahant at death, and sometimes someone who becomes an Arahant at the same time as a certain kind of event
occurs. The Paṭisambhidāmagga, a quasi-Abhidhamma text, has a chapter that expounds ‘equal-head’ (samasīsa) in an oblique way by enumerating various kinds of sama and of sīsa separately. The Paṭisambhidāmagga commentary tries to make sense of the term samasīsa by associating this textual exposition of sama and sīsa with the more commonly found term samasīsin.
ISSN02652897 (P); 17479681 (E)
Created date2020.11.26
Modified date2021.01.01

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