'Hassa panna' - Wit? :)

This term hassa panna seems to relating humour-wisdom ie. wit. I have not come across this in the EBTs before, but it is mentioned in the abhidhamma, I think.

Does anyone know about this? :rofl:

with hassa,


Hāsapañña is mentioned a few more times in the EBTs to praise Sariputta (SN2.29, MN 111).

It’s also used as a description of a quality of Buddha(s) in DN 30:

And what does he obtain as Buddha? He has great wisdom, widespread wisdom, laughing wisdom, swift wisdom, sharp wisdom, and penetrating wisdom. No sentient being is his equal or better in wisdom.

and Iti 41:

Devas and human beings hold dear
Those awakened ones ever mindful,
Possessing joyous wisdom,
Bearing their final bodies.

It is mentioned a few times in later books of the Khuddaka Nikaya. I haven’t found it in the Abhidhamma Pitaka.


From another post:

Why would an Arahant cry? Arahants are said to experience only physical pain,(Arahaa eka.m vedana.m vediyati kaayika.m na cetasikan ti : Miln 253) without the anxious mental agony when experiencing physical pain.

  1. Hasituppada is a citta peculiar to Arahats. Smiling is caused by a pleasurable feeling. There are thirteen classes of consciousness by which one may smile according to the type of the person. An ordinary worldling (puthujjana) may laugh with either one of the four types of cittas rooted in attachment, accompanied by pleasure, or one of the four kusala cittas, accompanied by pleasure.
    Sotapannas, Sakadagamis, and Anagamis may smile with one of the two akusala cittas, disconnected with false view, accompanied by pleasure, or with one of the four kusala cittas.
    Arahats and Pacceka Buddhas may smile with one of the four sobhana kiriya cittas or hasituppada.
    Samma Sambuddhas smile with one of the two sobhana kiriya cittas, accompanied by wisdom and pleasure.
    There is nothing but mere mirth in the hasituppada consciousness.
    The Compendium of Philosophy states: “There are six classes of laughter recognized in Buddhist works: (1) sita: - a smile manifesting itself in expression and countenance; (2) hasita: - a smile consisting in the slight movements of the lips just enough to reveal the tips of the teeth; (3) vihasita: - laughter giving out a light sound; (4) upahasita: - laughter accompanied by the movement of the head, shoulders, and arms; (5) apahasita: - laughter accompanied by the shedding of tears; and (6) atihasita: - an outburst of laughter accompanied by the forward and backward movements of the entire body from head to foot. Laughter is thus a form of bodily expression (kaya-viatti), which may or may not be accompanied by vocal expression (vaci-viatti). Of these, the first two classes are indulged in by cultured persons, the next two by the average man, and the last two by the lower classes of being.
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From Bhante Sujato
From the texts as well as from modern examples, it is clear that there is a distinct notion of what this state of freedom is like. An arahant lives, eats, sleeps, laughs, and talks much like the rest of us. But they are untrammeled by illusion, by sadness, or anger. their life is said to be one of simplicity, contentment, mindfulness, and joy. And for the most part, they choose to do two things with their lives. Left to their own devices, they are simply happy and content. They live, and just that much. When the chance arises, they will work hard help others realize the same contentment. But they are not desperate or pushy: they respond to genuine needs, and otherwise remain silent.
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With metta


Is not having a sense of humour a kilesa? :slightly_smiling_face:

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