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Patigha: - 1. In an ethical sense, it means: 'repugnance', grudge, resentment, anger, and is a synonym of vyāpāda, ill-will' see: nīvarana and dosa 'hate' see: mūla It is one of the latent tendencies anusaya.

2. 'Sense-reaction'. Applied to five-sense cognition, p.: occurs in the following contexts:

a as patigha-saññā 'perception of sense-reaction', said to be absent in the immaterial absorptions see: jhāna 5. Alternative renderings: resistance-perception, reflex-perception

b as patigha-samphassa 'mental contact caused by 5fold sensorial reaction' D. 15; see: phassa

c as sappatigha-rūpa 'reacting materiality', and appatigha 'not reacting', which is an Abhidhammic classification of materiality, occurring in Dhs. 659, 1050. sappatigha are called the physical sense-organs as reacting or responding to sense stimuli; and also the physical sense-objects as impinging or making an impact on the sense-organs. All other materiality is appatigha non-reacting and non-impinging. These 2 terms have been variously rendered as resistant and not, responding and not, with and without impact.


Maha Thera Nyanatiloka. Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines, Buddhist Publication Society, first edition 1952.

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