is used in the concrete sense as material food and as such it belongs to
derived materiality (s. khandha,
In the figurative sense, as 'foundation' or condition, it is one of the 24
conditions (paccaya) and is used to
denote 4 kinds of nutriment, which are material and mental:
- material food (kabalinkārāhāra),
- (sensorial and mental) contact (phassa),
- mental intention (mano-sañcetanā),
- consciousness (viññāna).
- Material food feeds the eightfold materiality having nutrient essence as
its 8th factor (i.e. the solid, liquid, heat, motion, colour, odour, the
tastable and nutrient essence; s.
- Sensorial and mental contact is a condition for the 3 kinds of feeling
(agreeable, disagreeable and indifferent); s.
- Mental intention (= karma) feeds rebirth; s.
- Consciousness feeds mind and materiality (nāma-rūpa; ib., 2) at
the moment of conception" (Vis.M. XI).
Literature (on the 4 Nutriments):
- M. 9 & Com. (tr. in 'R. Und.'),
- M 38;
- S. XII, 11, 63, 64 -
- The Four Nutriments of Life, Selected texts & Com. (WHEEL 105/106).