Nibbāna 3: Name and Form

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It is plain that nāma means ‘name’ in the Suttas. However, the commentaries hesitate to recognize this obvious meaning. Even in the context of the simple question above, the Paramatthajotikā commentary employs contorted etymology, explaining nāma to mean ‘bending’. It says that all immaterial states are called nāma, in the sense that they bend towards their respective objects and also because the mind has the nature of inclination.


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Dev Jacobsen

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