Sunday, December 9, 2012

nāma to nāma & rūpa


How does nāma be the cause to both nāma & rūpa in Buddhism?

pañca-upadana-khandha (5 clinging aggregates) are categorized as:
rūpa = form (rupa)
nāma = vedanā (feeling), sañña (perception), saṅkhāra (volition), viññāṇa (consciousness)

“viññana-paccaya nama-rupa” in paticca-samuppada (dependent origination/rhythm bases) means:
viññāṇa (consciousness) a type of nāma be the cause to both nāma & rūpa.

Why? Explain.

Additional Details

@Fake Genius,
Please answer the question directly.
It is obvious that any effect may become cause to another effect. 'paticca-samuppada' states “viññana-paccaya nama-rupa”, not generality as "kamma paccaya vipāka"
Here, 'paccaya' refers to "is conditioned of" or 'cause to'.
Suppose A=nāma & B=rūpa.

Since 'viññāṇa' is categorized as 'nāma' in '5 aggregates', and be the condition (cause) of 'nāma-rūpa' as per 'dependent origination', how does A be the condition of both A&B?



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