The 5 Skandhas (Formations (Formations are mental actions that direct the…
The 5 Skandhas
Form is the first skandha. It is the physical world as we understand and experience it.
Form consists of the 6 senses: touch, smell, sight, sound, taste and thought.
Experienced through the body when it is in contact with an object : pleasant, unpleasant or neutral.
There are six kinds of feelings/sensations, for example, pleasure on seeing something or disgust on smelling something
These feelings are based on: sights, sounds, tastes, smells, body-sensations and mind.
In Buddism, Perception is the recognition of things.
There are six different kinds: visual, auditory, taste, smell, touch, and mind
Formations are mental actions that direct the mind to good, bad or neutral activities
Formations can produce good and bad karma
Formations include: attention, will, determination, confidence, concentration, wisdom, energy, desire, hate, ignorance, conceit and self-illusion
Consciousness is the awareness of something without recognition (perception), or before recognition.
For example, I hear a sound (consciousness) and realise it's a dog barking (perception)
What Are They?
Gotama claimed that our identity is based on one or more of the five Skandhas.
The 5 Skandhas explain what a being or individual is.