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Contact is a Meeting of 3 Phenomena!


The blessed Buddha once defined sense Contact (phassa)  like this:
In dependence the eye and forms, visual consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena, is eye contact.
In dependence the ear and sounds, auditory consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena, is ear contact.  
In dependence the nose and odours, olfactory consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena, is nose contact.  
In dependence the tongue and flavours, gustatory consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena, is tongue contact.  
In dependence the body and touches, tactile consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena, is body contact.  
In dependence the mind and thoughts, mental consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena, is mind contact.  
Conditioned by Contact, feeling comes into being.
Conditioned by feeling, craving arises.
Conditioned by craving, clinging emerges.
Conditioned by clinging, becoming appears.
Conditioned by becoming, rebirth of a new moment of life happens.
Conditioned by this rebirth, ageing, decay, sickness and death arrives!
Such is this conditioned origin of that whole accumulation of suffering...!
Conditioned by contact, feeling arises. But by the complete stilling, fading
all away and ceasing of that very same craving, comes the instantaneous
cessation of all clinging! The ending of clinging stops the process of becoming.
The ending of becoming, ceases any future rebirth of both moment and life.
This ending of rebirth ceases ageing, sickness, death, sorrow, pain and panic!
That is the conditioned ceasing of this entire massive bulk of suffering...!


On Contact (Phassa):
Diversity of Contacts, In_Dependence_on_Contact, Dependent_on_Contact
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Source (edited excerpt):
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. Book II 74-5
The section on Causation 12. Thread on Natika: 45.
http://store.pariyatti.org/Connected-Discourses-of-the-Buddha_p_1379.html
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/ati_website/html/tipitaka/sn/index.html

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