Vibhanga: The collective name for two closely connected works of the Vinaya Pitaka, which, in manuscripts, are generally called Pārājikā and Pācittiya.
The collection is considered to be an extensive treatise on the Pātimokkha rules, giving the occasion for the formulating of each rule, with some explanation or illustration of various terms employed in the wording of the rule. The rule is sometimes further illustrated by reference to cases which come within it and to others which Form exceptions to it.
The collection is also called Sutta Vibhanga and is divided into two parts:
the Bhikkhu Vibhanga
The Vibhanga (vibhaṅga) is a Buddhist Scripture, part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism, where it is included in the Abhidhamma Pitaka.
Translation: The Book of Analysis, tr U Thittila, 1969/1988, Pali Text Society, Bristol
The book is in 18 chapters, each dealing with a particular topic:
- aggregate (khandha)
- sense bases (āyatana)
- elements (dhātu)
- truth (sacca)
- faculties (indriya)
- dependent origination (paticcasamuppāda)
- mindfulness foundation (satipaṭṭhāna)
- right exertion (sammappadhāna)
- base of power (iddhipāda)
- enlightenment factor (bojjhanga)
- path (magga)
- absorption (Jhanas)
- immeasurables (appammaññā)
- training rules (sikkhāpada)
- analysis (paṭisambhidā)
- knowledge (ñāṇa)
- smaller subjects (khuddhaka vatthu)
- heart of the Dhamma (dhammahadaya)
A typical chapter is in three parts:
- Sutta method: often consisting of quotations from the Sutta Pitaka
- Abhidhamma method: variously by lists of synonyms, numerical classifications, ...
- Question method: this applies the matika of the Dhammasangani, asking how many are ...