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Chapter 23 - Sampayutta Paccayo Edit

Or Association Condition Edit

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.

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