Reply To: Post On Difference Between Rūpa and Rūpakkhandha


Tobias asked: “Namarupa are generated via PS. But they are rupa, thus they belong to rupakkhandha, correct?”

This requires a somewhat deep analysis.

Namarupa are not in the rupakkhandha. But they are in the pancakkhandha, specifically in vinnanakkhandha. However, rupakkhandha (or any other individual khandha) does not arise separately from the other four khandhas.

In Abhidhamma, we have two categories: rupa and nama (vedana, sanna, sankhara). Those two categories are independent.
– It is the vinnana (our desires, hopes, expectations) that combine rupa and nama to “make living things.”
– When that happens we have the arising of pancakkhandha. Rupakkhandha is part of that.

That is another way to explain the difference between rupa and rupakkhandha. This is why it is important to understand that rupakkhandha is PERSONAL. One generates one’s own pancakkhandha, of which rupakkhandha is a part that cannot be separated from the other four.
– On the other hand, rupa are common to all of us. They are just “out there.”

This will become more clear when we get to pancakkhandha in the new series. But feel free to ask questions/discuss more.

P.S. A deeper analysis at: “Kamma Viññāna and Nāmarūpa Paricceda Ñana