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Phassa, Phassaharo

Touch, Contact, The Food that is Contact (Sense Stimulation)


The First Lesson
The Four Foods
[DN 33]
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
[AN 10.27]
PTS: The Book of the Gradual Sayings, V: The Book of the Tens, The Great Chapter, The Great Questions, Woodward, trans., pp36ff



Pali MO Hare Horner Punnaji Bodhi Nanamoli Rhys Davids (Mrs)Rhys Davids Thanissaro Walshe Woodward
phassa Touch, contact Contact sensory impingement sense experience contact contact contact contact contact contact contact (of sense)


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..."

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