Adhitthāna, as a doctrinal term, occurs chiefly in two meanings:

  1. ‘Foundation’: four ‘foundations or basics’ of an Arahat’s mentality, mentioned and explained in M. 140: the foundation of understanding paññā, of truthfulness sacca of generosity cāga and of peace upasama. See also D. 33 and Com.


  1. ‘Determination’, resolution, resolve in: adhitthāna - iddhi magical power of determination’ see: iddhi, adhitthāna - pāramī perfection of resolution’ see: pāramī.