Patthana Dhamma

by Htoo Naing | 2005 | 57,704 words

This ebook is about Patthana Dhamma, the 7th text of abhidhamma pitaka or tipitaka, reffering to the teachings of The Buddha, also known as: the Exalted One, Fully Enlightened One, Tathagata, Well Gone One; 623 BC. The materials are from a small booklet of Chatthasangayanamula Patthana Pali and Abhidhammatthasangaha text written by Venerable Anur...

Chapter 23 - Sampayutta paccayo (or association condition)

Sampayutta paccayoti

Cattāro khandhā arūpino annamannam sampayutta paccayena paccayo.

Sampayutta paccayo or association condition is this. Cattāro means four. Khandhā means aggregates. Cattāro khandhā means 4 aggregates. Arūpino means non material or nāma.

There are 4 arūpa khandhas or 4 non material aggregates. They are also known as namakkhandhas. These 4 namakkhandhas are

  1. vedanakkhandha or feeling aggregates
  2. sannakkhandha or perception aggregate
  3. sankharakkhandha or formation aggregate
  4. vinnānakkhandha or consciousness aggregate.

Annamannam is made up of anna + anna. That means each other. So annamana means mutual. These 4 namakkhandhas serve as annamanna sampayutta paccaya or mutuality association condition to each other.

This means that vedana serves as the association condition for other 3 namakkhandha of sanna, sankhara and vinnana; sanna serves as the association condition for other 3 namakkhandha of vedana, sankhara, and vinnana; sankhara serves as the association condition for other 3 namakkhandha of vedana, sanna and vinnana; and vinnāna serves as the association condition for other 3 namakkhandha of vedana, sanna, and sankhara.

The conditioning dhamma is one of these 4 namakkhandhas. And the conditioned dhamma are other 3 namakkhandhas. The relationship between the conditioning dhamma and conditioned dhamma is called sampayutta paccayo or association condition.