Ahetuka Cittas which are Unknown in Daily Life - Sampaticchana-citta

Kamma which produces the vipākacitta which is seeing-consciousness does not only produce that type of vipākacitta, it also produces two other types of vipākacitta which succeed seeing-consciousness. Seeing-consciousness is succeeded by another vipākacitta which receives the object. This citta, which still has the same object as seeing-consciousness, is called the receiving- consciousness, sampaticchana-citta. Visible object which is experienced by seeing-consciousness does not fall away when seeing-consciousness falls away, because it is rūpa; rūpa does not fall away as rapidly as nāma. When an object is experienced through one of the six doors, there is not merely one citta experiencing that object, but there is a series or process of cittas succeeding one another, which share the same object.


If the seeing-consciousness is akusala vipāka, the sampaticchana-citta

(receiving-consciousness) is also akusala vipāka; if the seeing-consciousness

is kusala vipāka, the sampaticchana-citta is also kusala vipāka. Thus, there

are two types of sampaticchana-citta: one is akusala vipāka and one is

kusala vipāka. Sampaticchana-citta: is ahetuka vipakā; there are no akusala

hetus (unwholesome roots) or sobhana hetus (beautiful roots) arising with

this type of citta. Sampaticchana-citta succeeds seeing-consciousness;

seeing-consciousness is a condition for the arising of sampaticchana-citta.

Likewise, when there is hearing-consciousness which hears sound,

sampaticchana-citta succeeds hearing-consciousness. It is the same with

regard to the other sense-doors.


Sampaticchana-citta always arises with upekkhā (indifferent feeling), no

matter whether the sampaticchana-citta is akusala vipāka or kusala vipāka. 

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