Definitions for saññā

Concise Pali English Dictionary
saññā
feminine sense; perception; mark; name; recognition; gesture.
PTS Pali English Dictionary
Saññā

feminine (pl. saññāyo and saññā-e.g. MN.i.108)

  1. sense, consciousness, perception, being the third khandha Vin.i.13; MN.i.300; SN.iii.3 sq.; Dhs.40 Dhs.58, Dhs.61, Dhs.113; Vb-a.42.
  2. sense, perception, discernment recognition, assimilation of sensations, awareness MN.i.293; AN.iii.443 (nibbāna˚); SN.iii.87; Snp.732 (saññāya uparodhanā dukkhakkhayo hoti; explained as “kāmasaññā” Snp-a); Mil.61; Dhs.4; Dhs-a.110, Dhs-a.200 (rūpa perception of material qualities).
  3. consciousness DN.i.180 sq.; MN.i.108; Vb.369 (nānatta˚ c. of diversity see nānatta); Mil.159; Ja.iv.391; is previous to ñāṇa DN.i.185; a constituent part of nāma SN.ii.3, cp. Snp.779 according to later teaching differs from viññāṇa and paññā only as a child’s perceiving differs from (a) an adult’s, (b) an expert’s Vism.436 sq.; Dhs. translation 7 n 2, 17 n. 2
    nevasaññā-nāsaññā neither consciousness nor unconsciousness DN.iii.224, DN.iii.262 sq.; MN.i.41, MN.i.160 MN.ii.255; MN.iii.28, MN.iii.44; Pts.i.36; Dhs.268, Dhs.582, Dhs.1417; Kv.202 Ne.26, Ne.29; Vism.571.
  4. conception, idea, notion DN.i.28; DN.iii.289 (cp. Dial. iii.263: “concept rather than percept”); MN.iii.104; SN.i.107; Snp.802, Snp.841; Ja.i.368 (ambaphala saññāya in the notion or imagining of mango fruit); Vism.112 (rūpa˚ & aṭṭhika˚).; saññaṃ karoti to imagine, to think Ja.ii.71; to take notice, to mind Ja.i.117.
  5. sign, gesture token, mark Ja.i.287 Ja.ii.18; paṇṇa˚ a mark of leaves Ja.i.153; rajjusaññā a rope used as a mark, a guiding rope, Ja.i.287; rukkha-saññaṃ pabbata-saññaṃ karonto, using trees and hills as guiding marks Ja.iv.91; saññaṃ dadāti to give the sign (with the whip, for the horse to start) Ja.vi.302.
  6. saññā is twofold, paṭighasamphassajā and adhivacanasamphassajā i.e. sense impression and recognition (impression of something similar, “association by similarity,” as when a seen person calls up some one we know), Vb.6; Vb-a.19 sq.; threefold, rūpasaññā, paṭighasaññā and nānattasaññā AN.ii.184; SN.ii.211; cp. Snp.535 or kāma˚, vyāpāda˚, vihiṃsā˚ (as nānatta˚) Vb.369, cp Vb-a.499; fivefold (pañca vimutti-paripācaniyā saññā) anicca˚, anicce dukkha˚, dukkhe anatta˚, pahāna˚ virāga˚ DN.iii.243, cp. AN.iii.334; there are six perceptions of rūpa, sadda, gandha, rasa, phoṭṭhabba, and dhamma DN.ii.309; SN.iii.60; the sevenfold perception, anicca-anatta-, asubha-, ādīnava-, pahāna-, virāga-, and nirodha-saññā, DN.ii.79; cp. AN.iii.79; the tenfold perception asubha-, maraṇa-, āhāre paṭikkūla-, sabbaloke anabhirata-, anicca-, anicce dukkha-, dukkhe anatta-pahāna-, virāga-, nirodha-saññā AN.v.105; the one perception āhāre paṭikkūlasaññā, Cpd. 21.
  7. See further (unclassified refs.): DN.i.180; DN.ii.277 (papañca˚), DN.iii.33, DN.iii.223; SN.ii.143; AN.ii.17; AN.iv.312; Mnd.193, Mnd.207 Ne.27; Vism.111, Vism.437, Vism.461 sq. (in detail); Vb-a.20 (pañca-dvārikā), Vb-a.34; Vv-a.110; and on term Cpd. 40 42.
  • -gata perceptible, the world of sense MN.i.38.
  • -bhava conscious existence Vism.572; Vb-a.183.
  • -maya arūpin MN.i.410 (opp. manomaya = rūpin).
  • -vedayitanirodha cessation of consciousness and sensation MN.i.160 MN.i.301; MN.iii.45; AN.i.41; Kv.202; SN.ii.212.
  • -viratta free from consciousness, an Arahant, Snp.847.
  • -vimokkha emancipation from consciousness Snp.1071 sq.; Mil.159 = Vin.v.116.

fr. saṃ + jñā