The present work provides the first complete annotated translation into English of the Chinese version of Dharmatrata`s fourth century is the of a series of expository treatises that summarised the Sarvastivada philosophy as it was prevailing in Bacteria and Gandhara and that were based on Dharmasresthin`s Abhidharmahrdaya. The next work in the series,
Graduated from the `Rijksuniversiteit Gent` in 1987, Bart Dessein has been working in the field of Buddhist Studies at the same university since 1990, first as research assistant with the National Fund for Scientific Research, at present as assistant professor in the department of Chinese Language and Culture. In 1994, he obtained his Ph.D in Oriental Languages and Cultures from the Ghent National University.
"This is an excellent work and will be very useful for the scholars of Sarvastivada Abhidhrma, for his book is not simply the translation of a Chinese text, but it also provides extensive information for the comparative studies of the Abhidharma literature of kasmira and bahirdesaka Sarvastivada traditions...the author fills a great lacuna in the studies of Abhidharma." --THE INDIAN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUDDHIST STUDIES