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by late Ven. Nyanatiloka Thera:
➥ āhāra: 'nutriment', 'food', is used in the concrete sense as material food and as such it belongs to derived corporeality (see khandha, Summary I.) In the figurative sense, as 'foundation' or condition, it is one of the 24 conditions (see paccaya) and is used to denote 4 kinds of nutriment, which are material and mental:
1. Material food feeds the eightfold corporeality having nutrient essence as its 8th factor (i.e. the solid, liquid, heat, motion, color, odour, the tastable and nutrient essence; see rūpa-kalāpa).
2. Sensorial and mental impression is a condition for the 3 kinds of feeling (agreeable, disagreeable and indifferent); see paṭiccasamuppāda (6).
Literature (on the 4 Nutriments): MN 9 & Commentary (translation in 'Right Understanding'), MN 38; SN 12.11, SN 12.63, SN 12.64 - The Four Nutriments of Life, Selected texts & Commentary (Wheel 105/106).
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by Ven. Thanissaro Maha Thera:
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