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UPāDāNA is a Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
and Pali
Pali
word that means "fuel, material cause, substrate that is the source and means for keeping an active process energized". It is also an important Buddhist concept referring to "attachment, clinging, grasping". It is considered to be the result of taṇhā (craving), and is part of the dukkha (suffering, pain) doctrine in Buddhism .

CONTENTS

* 1 Buddhism

* 1.1 Types of clinging * 1.2 Interdependence of clinging types * 1.3 Manifestations of clinging * 1.4 As part of the causal chain of suffering * 1.5 Upādāna as fuel

* 2 Hinduism * 3 See also * 4 Notes * 5 Bibliography * 6 External links

BUDDHISM

THE VIEWS OF SIX SAMAṇA IN THE PāLI CANON (based on the Buddhist text Sāmaññaphala Sutta1)

Śramaṇa view (diṭṭhi)1

Pūraṇa Kassapa AMORALISM : denies any reward or punishment for either good or bad deeds.

Makkhali Gośāla (ĀJīVIKA ) NIYATIVāDA (Fatalism): we are powerless; suffering is pre-destined.

Ajita Kesakambalī (LOKāYATA ) MATERIALISM : live happily ; with death, all is annihilated.

Pakudha Kaccāyana SASSATAVADA (Eternalism): Matter, pleasure, pain and the soul are eternal and do not interact.

Nigaṇṭha Nātaputta (JAINISM ) RESTRAINT : be endowed with, cleansed by and suffused with the avoidance of all evil.2

Sañjaya Belaṭṭhiputta (AJñANA ) AGNOSTICISM : "I don't think so. I don't think in that way or otherwise. I don't think not or not not." Suspension of judgement.

Notes: 1. DN 2 (Thanissaro, 1997; Walshe, 1995, pp. 91-109). 2. DN -a (Ñāṇamoli color:white" colspan="3">self-doctrine clinging

wrong-view clinging

RITES-AND-RITUALS CLINGING SENSE-PLEASURE CLINGING

Buddhaghosa further identifies that these four clinging types are causally interconnected as follows:

* SELF-DOCTRINE CLINGING: first, one assumes that one has a permanent "self." * WRONG-VIEW CLINGING: then, one assumes that one is either somehow eternal or to be annihilated after this life.

* resultant behavioral manifestations:

* RITES-AND-RITUALS CLINGING: if one assumes that one is eternal, then one clings to rituals to achieve self-purification. * SENSE-PLEASURE CLINGING: if one assumes that one will completely disappear after this life, then one disregards the next world and clings to sense desires.

This hierarchy of clinging types is represented diagrammatically to the right.

Thus, based on Buddhaghosa's analysis, clinging is more fundamentally an erroneous core belief (self-doctrine clinging) than a habitualized affective experience (sense-pleasure clinging).

MANIFESTATIONS OF CLINGING

In terms of consciously knowable mental experiences, the Abhidhamma identifies sense-pleasure clinging with the mental factor of "greed" (lobha) and the other three types of clinging (self-doctrine, wrong-view and rites-and-rituals clinging) with the mental factor of "wrong view" (ditthi). Thus, experientially, clinging can be known through the Abhidhamma's fourfold definitions of these mental factors as indicated in the following table:

CHARACTERISTIC FUNCTION MANIFESTATION PROXIMATE CAUSE

GREED (lobha) grasping an object sticks, like hot-pan meat not giving up enjoying things of bondage

WRONG VIEW (ditthi) unwise interpreting presumes wrong belief not hearing the Dhamma

To distinguish craving from clinging, Buddhaghosa uses the following metaphor: "Craving is the aspiring to an object that one has not yet reached, like a thief's stretching out his hand in the dark; clinging is the grasping of an object that one has reached, like the thief's grasping his objective.... hey are the roots of the suffering due to seeking and guarding."

Thus, for instance, when the Buddha talks about the "aggregates of clinging," he is referring to our grasping and guarding physical, mental and conscious experiences that we falsely believe we are or possess.

THE 12 NIDāNAS:

IGNORANCE

FORMATIONS

CONSCIOUSNESS

NAME & FORM

SIX SENSE BASES

CONTACT

FEELING

CRAVING

CLINGING

BECOMING

BIRTH

OLD AGE text-decoration: none"> Taṇhā
Taṇhā
(Craving) as a condition before it can exist.

"With Craving as condition, Clinging arises".

* Upādāna (Clinging) is also the prevailing condition for the next condition in the chain, Becoming ( Bhava ).

"With Clinging as condition, Becoming arises."

According to Buddhaghosa, it is sense-pleasure clinging that arises from craving and that conditions becoming.

UPāDāNA AS FUEL

Professor Richard F. Gombrich has pointed out in several publications, and in his recent Numata Visiting Professor Lectures at the University of London
University of London
, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), that the literal meaning of upādāna is "fuel". He uses this to link the term to the Buddha's use of fire as a metaphor. In the so-called Fire Sermon (Āditta-pariyāya) (Vin I, 34-5; SN 35.28) the Buddha tells the bhikkhus that everything is on fire. By everything he tells them he means the five senses plus the mind , their objects, and the operations and feelings they give rise to — i.e. everything means the totality of experience. All these are burning with the fires of greed, hatred and delusion.

In the nidana chain, then, craving creates fuel for continued burning or becoming (bhava). The mind like fire, seeks out more fuel to sustain it, in the case of the mind this is sense experience, hence the emphasis the Buddha places on "guarding the gates of the senses". By not being caught up in the senses (appamāda ) we can be liberated from greed, hatred and delusion. This liberation is also expressed using the fire metaphor when it is termed nibbāna (Sanskrit: Nirvāṇa) which means to "go out", or literally to "blow out". (Regarding the word Nirvāṇa, the verb vā is intransitive so no agent is required.)

Probably by the time the canon was written down (1st Century BCE), and certainly when Buddhaghosa was writing his commentaries (4th Century CE) the sense of the metaphor appears to have been lost, and upādāna comes to mean simply "clinging" as above. By the time of the Mahayana the term fire was dropped altogether and greed, hatred and delusion are known as the "three poisons".

HINDUISM

The term Upādāna appears in the sense of "material cause" in ancient Vedic and medieval Hindu texts. For medieval era Vaishnavism scholar Ramanuja
Ramanuja
, the metaphysical Hindu concept of Brahman (as Vishnu ) is the upadana-karana (material cause) of the universe. However, other Hindu traditions such as the Advaita Vedanta disagree and assert alternate theories on the nature of metaphysical Brahman and the universe while using the term upadana in the sense of "substrate, fuel".

More generally, the realist Hindu philosophies such as Samkhya and Nyaya have asserted that Brahman is the Upādāna of the phenomenal world. The philosophies within the Buddhist schools have denied Brahman, asserted impermanence and that the notion of anything real is untenable from a metaphysical sense. The Hindu traditions such as those influenced by Advaita Vedanta have asserted the position that everything (Atman , Brahman, Prakriti ) is ultimately one identical reality. The concept Upādāna also appears with other sense of meanings, in Vedanta philosophies, such as "taking in".

SEE ALSO

* Anatta * Five Skandhas

* Detachment (philosophy)

* Nekkhamma

* Pratitya-samutpada
Pratitya-samutpada
* Twelve Nidanas
Twelve Nidanas

NOTES

* ^ Thomas William Rhys Davids; William Stede (1921). Pali-English Dictionary. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 149. ISBN 978-81-208-1144-7 . * ^ Monier Monier-Williams (1872). A Sanskrit-English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. p. 171. * ^ Paul Williams; Anthony Tribe; Alexander Wynne (2002). Buddhist Thought. Routledge. pp. 45, 67. ISBN 978-1-134-62324-2 . * ^ See, for example, Rhys Davids and, Gombrich (2005). * ^ Below are some excerpts from the Pali
Pali
Canon indicative of the statement that clinging's cessation leads to Nirvana: "For the sake of what, then, my friend, is the holy life lived under the Blessed One?" "The holy life is lived under the Blessed One, my friend, for the sake of total Unbinding through lack of clinging." — from "Relay Chariots" (Ratha-vinita Sutta MN 24) (Thanissaro, 1999). "Bhikkhus, when ignorance is abandoned and true knowledge has arisen in a bhikkhu, then with the fading away of ignorance and the arising of true knowledge he no longer clings to sensual pleasures, no longer clings to views, no longer clings to rules and observances, no longer clings to a doctrine of self. When he does not cling, he is not agitated. When he is not agitated, he personally attains Nibbana. He understands: 'Birth is destroyed, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more coming to any state of being.'" — from "The Shorter Discourse on the Lion's Roar" (Cula-sihanada Sutta MN 11) (Ñanamoli text-decoration: none">Ñāṇamoli, 1981). "...From the cessation of craving comes the cessation of clinging/sustenance. From the cessation of clinging/sustenance comes the cessation of becoming. From the cessation of becoming comes the cessation of birth. From the cessation of birth, then aging, illness & death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair all cease. Such is the cessation of this entire mass of suffering & stress." — from "Clinging" (Upadana Sutta SN 12.52) (Thanissaro, 1998b). "And having drunk "The medicine of the Dhamma, "You'll be untouched by age and death. "Having meditated and seen — "(You'll be) healed by ceasing to cling." — from "The Healing Medicine of the Dhamma" (Miln 5 ) (Olendzki, 2005). * ^ Examples of references to upādanā in the Sutta Pitaka can be found in the "Culasihanada Sutta" ("Shorter Discourse on the Lion's Roar", MN 11) (see Nanamoli text-decoration: none">Ñanamoli & Bodhi, 1993). * ^ In the Abhidhamma, the Dhammasangani §§ 1213-17 (Rhys Davids, 1900, pp. 323-5) contains definitions of the four types of clinging. * ^ Abhidhamma commentaries related to the four types of clining can be found, for example, in the Abhidhammattha-sangaha (see Bodhi, 2000b, p. 726 n. 5) and the Visuddhimagga (Buddhaghosa, 1999, pp. 585-7). * ^ It is worth noting that, in reference to "wrong view" (Pali: miccha ditthi) as used in various suttas in the Anguttara Nikaya 's first chapter, Bodhi (2005), p. 437, n. 10, states that wrong views "deny the foundations of morality, especially those views that reject a principal of moral causation or the efficacy of volitional effort." * ^ See, for instance, Buddhaghosa (1999), p. 587. For a reference to these particular ascetic practices in the Sutta Pitaka , see MN 57, Kukkuravatika Sutta ("The Dog-Duty Ascetic," translated in: Nanamoli and, Nanamoli & Bodhi, 2001, pp. 493-97). * ^ Thanissaro (1998a). * ^ Buddhaghosa (1999), pp. 586-7. * ^ Buddhaghosa (1999), p. 587. * ^ Bodhi (2000a), p. 267. * ^ Bodhi (2000a), pp. 83-4, 371 n. 13. * ^ Buddhaghosa (1999), p. 586. * ^ The idea that the Four Noble Truths identifies craving as the proximate cause of clinging is mentioned, for instance, in Thanissaro (2000). * ^ See, for example, SN 12.2 as translated by Thanissaro (1997a). * ^ Buddhaghosa (1999), pp. 586, 593. * ^ Wendy Doniger (1999). Merriam-Webster\'s Encyclopedia of World Religions. Merriam-Webster. p. 1129. ISBN 978-0-87779-044-0 . * ^ J. E. Llewellyn (2005). Defining Hinduism: A Reader. Routledge. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-415-97449-3 . * ^ Andrew J. Nicholson (2010). Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History. Columbia University Press. pp. 62–63. ISBN 978-0-231-52642-5 . * ^ Allen Thrasher (1993). The Advaita Vedānta of Brahma-siddhi. Motilal Banarsidass. pp. 56–57. ISBN 978-81-208-0982-6 . * ^ A B C James G. Lochtefeld (2002). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism: N-Z. The Rosen Publishing Group. pp. 720–721. ISBN 978-0-8239-3180-4 . * ^ Hajime Nakamura (1983). A History of Early Vedānta Philosophy. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 505. ISBN 978-81-208-0651-1 .

BIBLIOGRAPHY

* Bodhi, Bhikku (2000a). A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha of Acariya Anuruddha. Seattle, WA: BPS Pariyatti Editions. ISBN 1-928706-02-9 . * Bodhi, Bhikkhu (trans.) (2000b). The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya. Boston: Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-331-1 . * Bodhi, Bhikkhu (ed.) (2005). In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pāli
Pāli
Canon.Boston: Wisdom Pubs. ISBN 0-86171-491-1 . * Buddhaghosa , Bhadantācariya (trans. from Pāli
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by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli) (1999). The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga. Seattle, WA: BPS Pariyatti Editions. ISBN 1-928706-00-2 . * Gombrich, Richard F. (2005). How Buddhism Began: The Conditioned Genesis of the Early Teachings. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-37123-6 . * Ñāṇamoli, Bhikkhu (trans.) Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic (SN 22.59). Retrieved from "Access to Insight" at http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn22/sn22.059.nymo.html. * Ñāṇamoli, Bhikkhu (trans.) text-decoration: none">Ñāṇamoli, Bhikkhu (trans.) text-decoration: none">Ñāṇamoli, Bhikkhu (trans.) text-decoration: none">ṭaka, entitled Dhamma-Saṅgaṇi (Compendium of States or Phenomena). Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 0-7661-4702-9 . * Rhys Davids, T.W. " rowspan="1">Preceded by Taṇhā
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