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5 Aggregates or Skandhas

Guest Author - Samten Tsomo

These five Aggregates combined create the appearance of a permanent self. I have broken the five down in an easy to read table.






Form



Form is divided into the elements

Earth
Internal
"Internal, within oneself, is hard, solid, & sustained."
Examples:
Kidney, liver, heart, bones, hair

Water
Internal
"Whatever internal, belonging to oneself, is liquid, watery, & sustained"
Examples:
Bodily Fluids

Fire
Internal
"Whatever internal, belonging to oneself, is fire, fiery, & sustained"
Examples:
Food/drinks that are consumed and warmed by the body.

Wind
Internal
"Internal, belonging to oneself, is wind, windy, & sustained"
Examples:
The air and gases you breath in.


Feelings



What we feel is dependant on how we perceive something.

Feelings are classified in one of three categories
-Pleasant
-Unpleasant
-Neutral

Feelings come from contact with
Eye Sight
Ear Sound
Nose Smell
Tongue Taste
Body Touch

Perceptions



Perceptions come from contact and how we perceive something changes

Perception of form
Perception of sound
Perception of smell
Perception of taste
Perception of touch
Perception of ideas or thoughts

Impulses




Intentions or impulses are classified in one of three categories

-Positive
-Negitive
-Imperturbable

Your impulses are based on
Sight
Sound
Smell
Taste
Touch

Impulses present in one of three ways
Bodily
-Involving breathing
Verbal
-Involving Speech
Mental
-Involving perceptions and feeling



Consciousness



Consciousness presents in six classes
Visual
Auditory
Olfactory
Gustatory
Tactile
Mental
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