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About Cetasikas

Cetasika means belonging to the mind. It is a mental factor which accompanies consciousness (citta) and experiences an object. There are 52 cetasikas. This book gives an outline of each of these 52 cetasikas and shows the relationship they have with each other. It will help the student have more understanding of the intricate operations of the mind enabling the development of good qualities and the eventual eradication of all defilements. It will help to understand that citta and cetasika act according to their own conditions and that an abiding agent (soul or self) is not to be found. The book assumes some previous knowledge of Buddhism. Support Web Site

Short Description Cetasika means belonging to the mind. It is a mental factor which accompanies consciousness (citta) and experiences an object. There are 52 cetasikas. This book gives an outline of each of these 52 cetasikas and shows the relationship they have with each other.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface 2. Introduction 3. Part 1: The Universals    3.1. Contact    3.2. Feeling    3.3. Perception    3.4. Volition    3.5. Volition in the Cycle of Birth and Death    3.6. Concentration    3.7. Vitality and Attention4. PART 11: The Particulars    4.1. Applied thinking and Sustained thinking    4.2. Determination and Energy    4.3. Right Effort of the eightfold Path    4.4. Enthusiasm    4.5. Zeal5. PART III: Akusala Cetasikas    5.1. Introduction to Akusala Cittas    5.2. Ignorance Shamelessness Recklessness and Restlessness    5.3. Attachment    5.4. Wrong View    5.5. Conceit    5.6. Aversion    5.7. Envy Stinginess Regret    5.8. Sloth Torpor and Doubt    5.9. Different Groups of Defilements Part I    5.10. Different Groups of Defilements Part II    5.11. Different Groups of Defilements Part III6. PART IV: Beautiful Cetasikas    6.1. Introduction to Sobhana Cetasikas    6.2. Confidence    6.3. Mindfulness    6.4. Moral Shame and Fear of Blame    6.5. Non-Attachment    6.6. Non-Aversion    6.7. Equanimity    6.8. Six Pairs of Beautiful Cetasikas    6.9. The Three Abstinences    6.10. Compassion and Sympathetic Joy    6.11. Understanding    6.12. The Stages of Insight    6.13. Wholesome Deeds7. Appendix    7.1. Appendix to Chapter 2    7.2. Appendix to Chapter 5    7.3. Appendix to Chapter 8    7.4. Appendix to Chapter 9    7.5. Appendix to Chapter 11    7.6. Appendix to Chapter 12    7.7. Appendix to Chapter 20    7.8. Appendix to Chapter 31    7.9. Appendix to Chapter 34    7.10. Appendix to Stages of Insight8. Footnotes9. Glossary.

Keywords abhidhamma; buddhism; mindfulness; meditation; vipassana; insight; cetasika

Language English

Edition 2nd edition

ISBN Complete: 978-1-897633-30-4

Publication Date: 14/4/14

First published:

Page Count: 326

Book type Hard back, plain cover, B&W 6.14 x 9.21in or 234 x 156mm (Royal 8vo) Blue Cloth on Creme.

Thema Subject Category: QRFB1

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Reviews: This book is perhaps the most comprehensive and readable guide to the Abhidhamma and vipassana available. The author refers to suttas and daily life experience in this exceedingly profound volume. The cetasikas are fundamental mental phenomena such as greed, hatred, feeling, lust, kindness and so on. There is nothing deeper available. (accessed July 2016)

About the author

Name: Gorkom, Nina Van Role: Author

International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI): 0000 0000 6398 0326


Nina van Gorkom was born in 1928 to a family of socialist intellectuals. Her father was a member of the Dutch parliament. She studied at Leyden University and during this time she became a Catholic. In 1952, she married Lodewijk van Gorkom, a Dutch diplomat.

In 1965, Lodewijk was posted to Thailand and Nina started learning the Thai language. She took a keen interest in Buddhism, attending classes for foreigners at Wat Mahathat. There she met, in the summer of 1966, Sujin Boriharnwanaket. Impressed by the profundity of the Buddhist teachings, she became convinced of the truth of the Buddha’s words and later assisted Khun Sujin in discussions about Buddhism for Thai radio stations. These talks were later published as Buddhism in Daily Life, her first book.

Nina and Lodewijk left Thailand in 1970 and lived in Japan, New York, Indonesia (where Lodewijk was the Dutch ambassador) and Austria. Lodewijk retired in 1990 and she now lives in The Hague in Holland.

Nina’s writings are well-known amongst English speaking Buddhists, and she is highly respected in Thailand where several of her books have been translated into the Thai language with (after many reprints) over one hundred thousand copies now. Her books have also been translated in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, China, Vietnam and Germany.

Prior Work:

Buddhism in Daily Life; The Buddha’s Path; Cetasikas; A Survey of Paramattha Dhammas (translator); The Perfections Leading to Enlightenment; Lovingkindness in Buddhism; The Conditionality of life; The Buddhist Teaching on Physical Phenomena; Taking Refuge in Buddhism (translator); The World in the Buddhist Sense; Understanding Reality; Introduction to Abhidhamma; Abhidhamma in Daily Life.

Location: The Hague, Holland.