Preface and Introduction:
- Sutta method different then Abhidhamma method in that Sutta
takes into account the inclinations and mental status of the audience.
Exposition is accordingly presented according to the notion of the aggregates,
the bases or the elements. Given in brief or at length?
- Aggregates, Bases, Elements is the methodology of the Samyutta Nikaya.
(oh. Is that what was going on?)
- Suttanta method does not allow the Buddha to display his Enlightened
Knowlege... "In the Abhidhamma method, no attention is paid to
the individual but only to the facts about the nature of the ultimate
truths as fully comprehended by Enlightened knowlege. And
even then only the Patthana gives the widest and fullest scope for this."
- One should study the Abhidhamma before studying the suttanta.
for its full expression it should be delivered in one sitting over three
- Oh fuck.
"The mental factors arise together with that consciousness is in
accordance with the co-nascence, mutuality, support, association, presence,
and non-disappearance conditions of the Patthana where it is stated
that "The four mental aggregates are related to one another by
way of co-nascence condition, and so on...
The mental factors cease together with consciousness. Consciousness
lasts for three momentary phases, nascent, static and ceasing.
Only when one group of consciousness and mental factors ceases can another
arise. It is stated in the Truth, Mental Formation, States,
and Faculty chapters of the Yamaka and in the Proximity Condition
of Patthana that the process of arisings and ceasings of these mental
groups take place. Therefore the wholesome consciousness together
with the mental factors which arise as the result of taking a visible
object is only a part of this mental process. The complete process
Dhatu [Elements] = that which bears its own nature.
therefor, Dhatu do not relate to living beings.
105 Internal States of Inquiry occurs only in Dhatu-Katha
External states are the 22 triads and 100 dyads are same as in Dhammasangani.
- vibrating of the life continuum
- arrest of the life continuum
- 5 sense-door continuum
- recipient consciousness
- investigating consciousness
- seven successive wholesome impulsions
- two successive moments of registering consciousness. " (xvi)
I. Classification and Unclassification
- aggregates (by ones... to... by fives)
- Dependant Origination, and so on...
- Triplets (22) - following Dhammasangani
- Couplets (100) - following Dhammasangani
II. Classified and Unclassified -- 8 quesitons and answersIII. Unclassified
and Classified -- 12 questions and answers
IV. Association and Dissociation
V. Unclassified and Classified
VI. Association and Dissociation
VII. Associated and Dissociated
...XIV. Classified and Unclassified concerning the dissociated.
II. Internal States of Inquiry
- 5 --- 5 aggregates
- 12 -- 12 bases
- 18 -- 18 elements
- 4 --- 4 truths
- 22 -- 22 Faculties
- 28 -- Dependent Origination
- 1 --- 4 applications of mindfulness
- 1 --- 4 great efforts
- 1 --- 4 roads to psychic power
- 1 --- 4 Trances
- 1 --- 4 illimitable states
- 1 --- 5 faculties
- 1 --- 5 strengths
- 1 --- 7 factors of enlightenments
- 1 --- noble eightfold path
- 7 --- Contact, Feeling, Perception, Volition, Consciousness, Decision,
- = 105*
- "Internal States of Inquiry = 105; External States of Inquiry
= Triplets = 22 x 3 = 66; Couplets 100 x 2 = 200, 200+66=266.
266 external states of inquiry + 105 internal states of inquiry = 371
States of Inquiry.
III. Principles of the Methods
- Classification under the three categories (aggregates, bases, elements)
- Unclassification under the three categories of aggregates, bases,
- Association with the four mental aggregates
- Dissociation from the four mental aggregates
IV. Characteristics of the Method
- The common characteristics of conforming with the Classification and
- The common characteristics of not conforming with the Classification
and Assoc. principles.
V. External States of Enquiry
- All the 22 triplets and 100 couplets of the Dhammasangani Table of
Notes on the text
Chapter I Classification and Unclassification
- all 371 states of enquiry of the Dhatukatha come under consideration
- Each is categorized as: ...or as a combination of these
- pure materiality
- mental factor
- okay, I must be stoned to want to do this but....
Ten Bases, Seventeen elements
Seven Faculties, non-percepted becoming, one-aggregate becoming
Lamentation, both visible and impinging
Invisible but impinging, visibility, with impinging, derived states
42 states for the subject matter of this chapter,
35 of these, each of which is only a part of matter aggregate, can
be classified with the other parts of matter aggregate. Contrarily,
the other seven which form a part of consciousness aggregate can be
grouped with eachother, but not separately.
Three aggregates. likewise truths, sixteen faculties
Fourteen dependant originations, next fourteen
Thirty kinds belonging to ten clusters
Two kinds from lesser couplets, eight kinds from intermediate couplets
- ninety states under cognizible base.
i.e. subtle matter, feeling, perception, mental formation, and Nibbana
Two truths, fifteen faculties, eleven dependent originations
Next eleven, thiry kinds belonging to clusters
Chapter 5 Association and Dissociation
All the aggregates, all the bases, and elements, three truths,
All the faculties twenty three dependant originations
Next sixteen, fourty-three triplets
Seventy-two clusters, seven lesser intermediate couplets
Eighteen belonging to greater intermediate couplets, and then
eight kinds of last couplets. These 257 kinds of states are expounded.
Matter aggregate, cognizible base, cognizible element,
Female and male faculties, life faculty, metality-materiality,
two becomings, birth, ageing, death, physical states,
Objectless states. non-consciousness, dissociated from consciousness
Not-conjoined with consciousness, generated with consciousness,
Arising together with consciousness, arising successively with consciousness,
External derived states. The method of this question and answer
should be properly understood.
- 257 states which are a part of the five aggregates or those that stand
for Nibbana are in this chapter
Chapter 6 Association and Dissociation
- Cognizble Base, cognizible element, suffering truth, life faculty
Six bases, mentality-materiality, four greater becomings,
Birth, Aging, Death, nineteen triplets
Fifty clusters, eight lesser intermediate couplets
Fifteen greater intermediate couplets, then eighteen last couplets,
These 123 states are not considered here.
- Four characteristics of association: The mental aggregates
are mutually associated because
- they arise together
- they cease together
- have the same object
- have the same basis.
- Four characteristics of dissociation:
Nibbana is always dissociated from the four mental aggregates which
are always dissociated from materiality.
"It cannot be said that one is like or unlike oneself, but only
that one is like or unlike another, likewise it cannot be said that
feeling is like unto feeling or earth is like unto earth. " (96-commentary)
- Dissociation by planes: This is the difference between
the sensuous, fine material, immaterial, and supramundane planes
- Dissociation by classes: This is the difference between wholesome,
unwholesome, resultant, inoperative, root-conditioned, and not-root-conditioned
classes of consciousness
- Dissociation by times: ...Past, present, or future
- Dissociation by continuity (Santana): This is the difference
between that which arises in one self and another or internally and
externally. (ex. Although the wholesome consciousness
that arises n oneself is the same as that in another, they differ
in continuity and therefore, they are said to be dissociated by continuity).
Chapter 7: Associated and Dissociated
- Four aggregate, one base,
Seven elements. two from faculties,
Three dependent originations, and then five states with contact as the
Decision, attention, three triplets,
Seven greater intermediate couplets, two applied and sustained-thought,
Associated with mind element, three states accompanied with indifference
Chapter 8: dissociated and associated
- Cognizible base, cognizible element, again life faculty, mentality-materiality,
six bases, birth, ageing, death, two triplets. Those states are
Seven states from the first lesser intermediate couplets, ten clusters,
Again fourteen greater-intermediate couplets, six last couplets
These are not included: All these forty-seven states are not included
in this negative Chapter together with Chapter 14
- Associated and dissociated by planes, classes, times, and continuity;
subject of this and next chapter.
Chapter 9: Associated and Associated
- Four mental aggregates, only mind base
Seven consciousness elements, two truths, fourteen faculties,
Twelve dependant originations, the next sixteen,
Eight triplets, forty-three clusters,
Seven greater intermediate couplets, six last couplets.
These states are mentioned in the nineth chapter
Chapter 10: dissociated and dissociated
- mnemonic: same as chapter 6
Chapter 11: Associated with, dissociated from, the classified
- mnemonic: same as chaper 4
Chapter 12: classified and unclassified concerning the associated
- mnemonic: same as chapter 9
- subj of chapter nine is classified under the aggregates, bases, and
Chapter 13: Associated with, and dissociated from, the unclassified
- mnemonic: Same as chapter 5
- note: only 130 states of enquiry out of 257 in chapter five.
Chapter 14: Classified and unclassified concerning the dissociated
- mnemonic same as chapter 8