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by late Ven. Nyanalokita Thera:
In lists of both these categories it is generally mentioned first (e.g. Dhammasaṅgaṇi 1: MN 9), due to its fundamental position in the cognitive process In MN 18 it is thus defined: “Dependent on the eye and the forms, eye-consciousness arises; the coming-together of the three is sense-impression” (similarly stated in the case of the other 5 senses, including mind). In the dependent origination, it is conditioned by the six sense-bases and is a conditioning factor of feeling (see paṭiccasamuppāda 5, 6). Its relation to mind-and-body (nāma-rūpa) is described in DN 15, and its influence on feeling and wrong views, in DN 1 (at the end). - It is one of the 4 nutriments (see āhāra), and the first factor in the pentad of sense-impression (phassa-pañcamaka), together with feeling, perception, volition and consciousness (see Abhidhamma Studies, p. 47ff ).
Being a key function in the mind's contact with the world of objects and being a potential source of defilements, sense-impression is an important subject for reflective insight contemplation as succinctly formulated in many verses of the Snp: 736/7, 778, 851, 870/72, 923.
by the Pali Text Society:
by Ven. Thanissaro Maha Thera:
by Ven. Varado Maha Thera:
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