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Mettabhhavana11 wrote:The Abhidhamma holds that only the sense of touch is accompanied by pain or pleasure, while feelings arising at the other four sense doors are invariably neutral (quoted from Satipatthana pg 171 by Analayo).
Though it may seem that pleasure and pain also accompany the other four kinds of [physical] sense consciousness [other than touch], the Abhidhamma maintains that the immediate moment of sense consciousness in these cases is necessarily accompanied by neutral feeling. In the javana phase belonging to the same cognitive process ... mental pleasure may arise towards and agreeable sight, sound, smell, taste, mental pain may arise towards a disagreeable sight, etc, ... these, however, are mental feelings rather than physical feelings, and they arise subsequent to the moment of bare sense consciousness. ...
Coyote wrote:Ven. Analayo says on pg. 171 that according to abhidhamma the delight or displeasure in an object of the senses (apart from touch) is due to mental evaluation. Interesting, given that this would seem to place more emphasis on personal disposition in whether one finds certain sounds ect. pleasant or unpleasant.
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