When a rūpa impinges on one of the senses the current of bhavanga-cittas is
interrupted; there are a few more bhavanga-cittas arising and falling away,
and then the pañca-dvārāvajjana-citta (five-sense-door-adverting-
consciousness) arises. The pañca-dvārāvajjana-citta is the first citta of the
process of cittas experiencing the rūpa which has come into contact with one
of the senses.
The pañca-dvārāvajjana-citta performs the function of āvajjana or
adverting to the object which impinges on one of the five senses; it adverts
to the object through that sense-door. The pañca-dvārāvajjana-citta is an
The 'Visuddhimagga' (XIV, 107) states concerning the pañca-dvārāvajjana-
citta (mind-element) :
Herein, the mind-element has the characteristic of being the forerunner
of eye-consciousness, etc., and cognizing visible data, and so on.
Its function is to advert.
It is manifested as confrontation of visible data, and so on.
Its proximate cause is the interruption of
(the continued occurrence of consciousness as) life-continuum (bhavanga).
It is associated with equanimity (upekkhā) only.