contact

Contact (Skt. sparśa; Tib. རེག་པ་ or རེག་བྱ་, rekpa or rekja, Wyl. reg pa or reg bya) — one of the fifty-one mental states defined in Abhidharma literature. According to the Compendium of Abhidharma, it belongs to the subgroup of the five ever-present mental states. Contact is also the sixth of the twelve nidanas.

Definitions

In the Khenjuk, Mipham Rinpoche says:

  • Tib. རེག་པ་ནི་(ཡུལ་དབང་ཤེས་)གསུམ་འདུས་ནས་(སྔ་མ་ན་མེད་པའི་)དབང་པོའི་འགྱུར་བ་ཡོངས་སུ་གཅོད་པ(འམ་ཤེས་པ)་ཚོར་བའི་རྟེན་བྱེད་པའོ།<ref>Supplemented with Khenpo Nuden's commentary</ref>
  • Contact is the meeting together of the three (object, sense faculty and consciousness) and the positive determination (or cognition) of the (previously non-existing) faculty. It is the support of sensation. (Rigpa Translations)
  • Contact is the meeting together of the three (object, sense faculty and consciousness) and the cognition of the faculty's (particular) event. It supports sensation. (Erik Pema Kunsang)

Alternative Translations

  • contacting awareness (Berzin)

Notes

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