Combinations of Mind and Matter

13710032_10208351394375375_7057064547202565063_nAnd what is namarupa, name-and-form?

Feeling, perception, intention, contact, and attention —these are called “nama”.

The four great elemental states (solidity, liquidity, radiance, and volatility) and the forms dependent on the four great elemental states —these are called “rupa”.

This name and this form are called namarupa.

Buddha Shakyamuni, Samyutta Nikaya

Life is the co-existence of mind (nama) and matter (rupa). Decay is the lack of co-ordination of mind and matter. Death is the separation of mind and matter.

Rebirth is the recombination of mind and matter. After the passing away of the physical body (matter), the mental forces (mind) recombine and assume a new combination in a different material form and condition another existence.

— Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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