Definitions for saññā
Concise Pali English Dictionary
- feminine sense; perception; mark; name; recognition; gesture.
PTS Pali English Dictionary
feminine (pl. saññāyo and saññā-e.g. MN.i.108)
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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