Question about Perception (Samjna)

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Question about Perception (Samjna)

Post by ccook70 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:30 am


What does "Perception" mean in a Buddhist context? Is the Buddha speaking of one of the Five Skandhas?
Further, Why does the Buddha teach against "Perception?"

Here the Buddha says (Nibbedhika Sutta: Penetrative)

"'Perception should be known. The cause by which perception comes into play... The diversity in perception... The result of perception... The cessation of perception... The path of practice for the cessation of perception should be known.' Thus it has been said. In reference to what was it said?

"There are these six kinds of perception:[3] the perception of form, the perception of sound, the perception of aroma, the perception of flavor, the perception of tactile sensation, the perception of ideas.

"And what is the cause by which perception comes into play? Contact is the cause by which perception comes into play.

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Re: Question about Perception (Samjna)

Post by santa100 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:39 am

Perception(sanna) is one of the Five Khandhas, but in the context of AN 6.63, it is among the six factors in the mind: sensuality, feeling, perception, fermentations, kamma, and stress. The Buddha didn't teach "against" perception. He taught that these 6 factors should be understood deeply in 6 ways. And only through deep understanding, one would be able to gain the insight necessary for the final attainment which is the transcending of conditioned phenomena, which obviously include those 6 factors of the mind. The wiki page gives pretty good introductory info. on perception:

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Re: Question about Perception (Samjna)

Post by Spiny Norman » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:22 am

ccook70 wrote: Further, Why does the Buddha teach against "Perception?"
As far as I know he didn't. There doesn't seem to be much in the suttas by way of definition, but as I understand it sanna basically refers to the naming and labelling of sense objects, eg "blue". I'd suggest that memory is a significant component here.
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