Thursday, February 3, 2011

The five Clusters of Clinging (Khandha):

The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus, there are these five Clusters of Clinging. What five?
1: The Cluster of Clinging to Form...
2: The Cluster of Clinging to Feeling...
3: The Cluster of Clinging to Perception…
4: The Cluster of Clinging to Construction…
5: The Cluster of Clinging to Consciousness…

These are the 5 Clusters of Clinging! The Noble 8-fold Way should indeed
developed for the direct experience of these five Clusters of Clinging,
for the full understanding and elimination of them, and for their final
overcoming, abandoning and leaving all behind…This Noble 8-fold Way is
developed for the uprooting of all these five Clusters of Clinging!

The Cluster of Clinging to Form is internally to ‘own body’ and externally
what is appearing as ‘my world’ and ‘others body’…
The Cluster of Clinging to Feeling is the obsession with pleasant feeling,
of painful feeling & obstinate indifference towards neutral feeling…
The Cluster of Clinging to Perception is the monomaniac fascination of the
, diverse, and momentarily tantalizing objects of the six senses…
The Cluster of Clinging to Construction is fixated passion for intending,
, attending, thinking, hoping, wanting, willing and worrying…
The Cluster of Clinging to Consciousness is the addiction to all that is seen,
, smelt, tasted, touched, and cognized…
Cluster of Clinging means an assemblage, bunch, clump, collection, group,
knot of a tightly adhering collection of variegated attachment!
There is nothing here ‘outside’ or ‘apart’ from these clusters of clinging,
internally, nor externally! This 5-fold classification covers all...

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V:60-1] section 45: The Way. 178: The 5 Cluster of Clinging...
Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

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