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A status of saññā concept in the Eary Buddhist texts

Kim Jun-ho 1

1부산대학교

ABSTRACT

This paper aims to explicate a standing of saññā concept in the Early Buddhist Texts. The meaning of saññā concept is known to perception, and it is included Pañca khandha, the five aggregates which arouse selfconsciousness. But it is appeared separate concept regardless of the Pañca khandha in the Early Buddhist Texts. So, I have noticed of the meaning of the saññā in this case, especially the meaning and property of saññā on the basis of the contents which would be in accord with the Pāli Canon and Chinese Agamas mutually. On the basis of contrastive analysis data, Pāli Canon and Chinese Agamas, the conclusion as follows two meaning. First, the saññā is the object which have eliminated in the mental activity. In this case, the saññā is negative concept, because it has arisen desire and obsession with ‘Ego’. But, there is no need to notice in this meaning, because it has formed similar result, in connection with the Pañca khandha. Secondly case is the pursuit of paññā(wisdom) by power of contemplation. Including anicca -saññā, anatta-saññā, asubha-saññā, the sañña is positive concept, because of the way to obtain the insight. In expression ‘sukhuma sacca saññā’, ‘abhisaññā-nirodha sampājana-samāpatti’ in the Poṭṭhapādasutta( DN.), it can be judged by inference, the saññā which is cleared and pured perception is the high goal of the meditation practice.

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