Feelings Rooted in Contact

SN 36.10
PTS: S iv 215 CDB ii 1270
Phassamulaka Sutta
(Rooted in Contact)

“Bhikkhus, these three feelings are born of contact, rooted in contact, with contact as their source and condition. What three? Pleasant feeling, unpleasant feeling, neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant feeling.

“In dependence on a contact to be experienced as pleasant, bhikkhus, a pleasant feeling arises. With the cessation of the contact to be experienced as pleasant, the corresponding feeling — the pleasant feeling that arose in dependence on that contact to be experienced as pleasant — also ceases and subsides.

“In dependence on a contact to be experienced as unpleasant, bhikkhus, an unpleasant feeling arises. With the cessation of the contact to be experienced as unpleasant, the corresponding feeling — the unpleasant feeling that arose in dependence on that contact to be experienced as unpleasant — also ceases and subsides.

“In dependence on a contact to be experienced as neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant, bhikkhus, a neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant feeling arises. With the cessation of the contact to be experienced as neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant, the corresponding feeling — the neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant feeling that arose in dependence on that contact to be experienced as neither-unpleasant-nor-pleasant — also ceases and subsides.

“Bhikkhus, just as heat is generated and fire is produced from the conjunction and friction of two fire-sticks but when the sticks are separated and laid aside the resultant heat ceases and subsides; so too, these three feelings which are born of contact, rooted in contact, with contact as their source and condition. In dependence on the appropriate contacts the corresponding feelings arise; with the cessation of the appropriate contacts the corresponding feelings cease.”

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