We read in the 'Kindred Sayings' (IV, Salāyatana-vagga, Part II, Kindred
Sayings about Feeling, par. 8, Sickness II) that the Buddha said to the monks:
…Monks, a monk should meet his end collected and composed.
This is our instruction to you.
...Now, monks, as that monk dwells collected, composed, earnest,
ardent, strenuous, there arises in him feeling that is pleasant,
and he thus understands:
'There is arisen in me this pleasant feeling.
Now that is owing to something, not without cause.
It is owing to this contact.
Now this contact is impermanent, compounded, arisen owing to something.
Owing to this impermanent contact which has so arisen,
this pleasant feeling has arisen: How can that be permanent?'
Thus he dwells contemplating the impermanence
in contact and pleasant feeling,
contemplating their transience, their waning,
their ceasing, the giving of them up.
Thus as he dwells contemplating their impermanence...
the lurking tendency to lust for contact
and pleasant feeling is abandoned in him.
So also as regards contact and painful feeling...contact and neutral feeling....
There are still many more ways of classifying feelings. If we know about
different ways of classifying feelings it will help us to realize that feeling is
only a mental phenomenon which arises because of conditions. We are
inclined to cling to the feeling which has fallen away, instead of being aware
of the reality of the present moment as it appears through eyes, ears, nose,
tongue, bodysense or mind. In the passage of the 'Visuddhimagga' which was
quoted above (XX, 96) nāma and rūpa are compared to the sound of a lute
which does not come from any 'store' when it arises, nor goes in any direction
when it ceases, nor persists as a 'store' when it has ceased. However, we
cling so much to feelings that we do not realize that the feeling which has
fallen away does not exist any more, that it has ceased completely.
Vedanākkhandha (feeling) is impermanent.
- Realities classified by way of five khandhas
- All cetasikas classified as three khandhas
- All cittas are one khandha
- Khandhas are impermanent
- Khandhas can be experienced
- Bodily feeling and mental feeling
- Feeling classified by way of the contacts
- Perception is one khandha
- The fifty cetasikas
- Clinging to khandhas I
- Clingiln to khandhas II