Abhidhamma : Introduce Absolute Sense and Simple Sense (Lesson 2)

Abhidhamma : Introduce Absolute Sense and Simple Sense (Lesson 2)
"Paramaththa" (Absolute Sense) is a common name for the whole 82 codes of Abhidhamma. A beginner firstly learn the Paramaththa and characters of it. It is the basic knowledge for taking the ability to know the meanings of Paramaththa Dhamma separately.

Anything exists which feels for the mind is call sense. The meaning of sense is the thing knows in mind. Everything feels to the mind and therefore everything has a sense. A simple sense of something is called the simple sense.

Some words we hear sense a large picture to our mind but there are actually not an exist. Some words we hear not sense very much but it is real. When we heard the word 'table' we can create a big image. But if we study more deep it is four vertical wood sticks which connected with four wooden planks. On the top of it there are several wooden planks. And also some nails to connect those wooden sticks and planks.

But if we take each it is not a table. All of those are also not a table. If all those are a table if we tie them to a bundle it may be called a table. But it is not. Table is a definite shape created using those woods and nails. Therefore table is a simple sense but not actually exist. Some other sort of simple senses are chair, house, day, month, North, South, cow, man, etc. But craving ("loba"), maliciousness ("dosha"), insensation ("moha") like words are words that sense not too much but actually exist. Those are called absolute sense. From both of the absolute sense and the simple sense, absolute sense is the most important.

Refer from Rev. Rerukane Chandawimala Thero
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