Reply To: Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma (Bhikkhu Bodhi) – Grave Error on p. 164


“it can also happen that when walking in the street and looking at a specific place where i was once with him/her, at the very moment that i look at that place I’ll think about him/her – then such thought would be triggered by the sense of sight plus the respective aggregates ?”

Yes. In this particular case, the initial “trigger” is seeing that specific place.

But there are times when thoughts come directly to the mind, without the involvement of the five physical senses.