Saengnapha wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:07 am
Perception is broken down into 5 constituents. These 5 parts happen so fast that I don't believe they can be separated. We are talking about the lightning communication between senses and the part of the brain receiving the impressions and processing them. If you had to break them down in order, sañña and vedanā would initiate the process, I believe. Rupa, the mental image of perception would be the result and nama, the naming of it. It is one process like the flow of blood that is not controllable.
As I understand it, rupa represents the "raw data" which is then recognised by the function of sanna ( perception ), that leads to a mental image. In any case it seems that sanna and vedana are inseperably linked.
I am less clear about where contact, volition and attention come in. Later in DO contact precedes feeling, and therefore presumably contact also precedes perception. Volition and attention involve choice, so presumably they could occur both before and after sanna/vedana.
Looked at another way, nama-rupa represents everything we can be conscious of, and is therefore equivalent to the five aggregates minus consciousness. Possibly nama-rupa is also equivalent to the six classes of sense-object.
"And what, bhikkhus, is nama-and-rupa? Feeling, perception, volition, contact, attention: this is called nama. The four great elements and the form derived from the four great elements: this is called rupa. Thus this name and this form are together called nama-and-rupa."