Touch, Contact, The Food that is Contact (Sense Stimulation)
The First Lesson
The Four Foods
Digha Nikaya #33, pp288
PTS, T.W and C.A.F. Rhys Davids, trans., Dialogs of the Buddha III #33 pp 219
WP, Walshe, trans, The Long Discourses of the Buddha, #33, pp491
PTS: The Book of the Gradual Sayings, V: The Book of the Tens, The Great Chapter, The Great Questions, Woodward, trans., pp36ff
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Pali Text Society
Pali English Dictionary
Edited by T. W. Rhys Davids and William Stede
Phassa: [cp. Ved. sparsa, of sp.r.s: see phusati] contact, touch (as sense or sense-impression, for which usually phoṭṭhabbaṅ). It is the fundamental fact in a sense impression, and consists of a combination of the sense, the object, and perception, as expld at M I.111: tiṇṇaṅ (i. e. cakkhu, rūpā, cakkhu-viññāṇa) sangati phasso; and gives rise to feeling: phassa-paccayā vedanā. (See paṭicca-samuppāda & for expln Vism 567...). - Cp. D I.42 sq.; III.228, 272, 276; Vism 463 (phusatī ti phasso)...; J V.441 (rājā dibba-phassena puṭṭho touched by the divine touch, i. e. fascinated by her beauty; puṭṭho=phutto)...
-āyatana organ of contact (6, referring to the several senses) PvA 52.
-āhāra "touch-food," acquisition by touch, nutriment of contact, one of the 3 aharas, viz. phass*, mano-sañcetana* (n. of representative cogitation) and viñña* (of intellection)...; one of the 4 kinds of ahara, or "food"...
-kāyā (6) groups of touch or contact vîz. cakkhu-samphasso, sota*, ghana*, kaya*, mano* D III.243.
-sampanna endowed with (lovely) touch, soft, beautiful to feel J V.441...
[M.I.111] Horner, trans: (Maha Kassapa is speaking): "Visual consciousness [cakkhu-viññāṇa], your reverences, arises because of eye and material shapes; the meeting of the three is semsory impingement [phassa]; feelings are because of sensory impingement..."