Eighty-one discards of the path of meditation

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81 Discards of the Hinayana Path of Meditation

Eighty-one discards of the path of meditation — according to the Higher Abhidharma tradition of Asanga, which is found in his Compendium of Abhidharma, for the Basic Vehicle there are eighty-one discards to be relinquished on the path of meditation in order to reach the level of arhat. Each of the nine levels of the three realms are divided into greater, middling and lesser discards, which in turn are divided in greater, middling and lesser discards (for example the greater of the greater, middling of the greater, etc.). All together they make up the eighty-one discards. Depending on how many discards are relinquished, the four results of the Basic Vehicle come about.