The five khandhas: Their theatment in the nikāyas and early abhidhamma

  title={The five khandhas: Their theatment in the nikāyas and early abhidhamma},
  author={Rupert M L Gethin},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  • R. Gethin
  • Published 1 March 1986
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy
ConclusionTo explain the khandhas as the Buddhist analysis of man, as has been the tendency of contemporary scholars, may not be incorrect as far as it goes, yet it is to fix upon one facet of the treatment of the khandhas at the expense of others. Thus A. B. Keith could write, “By a division which ... has certainly no merit, logical or psychological, the individual is divided into five aggregates or groups.” However, the five khandhas, as treated in the nikāyas and early abhidhamma, do not… Expand
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