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Definition of "Nama"

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Definition of "Nama"

Postby Sacha G » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:21 pm

Hi everyone
I was wondering if "Nama" (in the phrase Name & Form) means only Feeling, Perception and Formations, or does it include also consciousness?
In the suttas, it seems that in general it excludes consciousness but in the Visuddhimagga, it is said that the characteristic of nama is to be bent on the object, which seems to mean that it cognizes it. But cognizing is the characteristic of consciousness.
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Re: Definition of "Nama"

Postby bodom » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:41 pm

nāma: (lit. 'name'): 'mind', mentality. This term is generally used as a collective name for the 4 mental groups (arūpino khandha), viz. feeling (vedanā), perception (saññā), mental formations (saṅkhāra) and consciousness (viññāṇa). Within the 4th link (nāma-rūpa) in the formula of the paṭiccasamuppāda (q.v.), however, it applies only to kamma-resultant (vipāka) feeling and perception and a few kamma-resultant mental functions inseparable from any consciousness. As it is said (M. 9; D. 15; S. XII, 2): "Feeling (vedanā), perception (saññā), volition (cetanā), impression (phassa), mental advertence (manasikāra): this, o brother, is called mind (nāma)." With the addition of 2 more mental factors, namely, mental vitality (jīvita) and concentration (samādhi), here 'stationary phase of mind' (cittaṭṭhiti), these 7 factors are said in the Abhidhammatthasaṅgaha to be the inseparable mental factors in any state of consciousness.

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Re: Definition of "Nama"

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Re: Definition of "Nama"

Postby Sacha G » Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:21 pm

Hi
Thanks for the answer! :smile:
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