The Five Aggregates of Personality View Research Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

The Five Aggregates of Personality View
This paper addresses the Buddhist notion of the Five Aggregates, different facets of our 'self' that together form our identity.
# 119820 | 4,780 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 26, 2010 in Religion and Theology (Buddhism) , Philosophy (Religion)

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The Five Aggregates in Buddhist philosophy, (1) material form or matter, (2) feeling or sensation, (3) perception, (4) mental formations or volition, and (5) consciousness, are seen as being at the root of our fractious nature and a major impediment to our progress as individuals striving for wholeness of being. This paper addresses the Buddhist wisdom concerning the Five Aggregates and the need we have as individuals to be able to see them for what they are: momentary reflections of our true selves, passing personality types that are often seen as being an entire identity but are truly only one aspect of ourselves emerging briefly and impermanently.

From the Paper:

"The third aggregate, perception (sanna), is the factor responsible for noting the qualities of things and also accounts for recognition and memory. In other words, it is perception that recognizes special qualities such as colors, like red or yellow, in objects. Perception recognizes the objects themselves, such as a soft ball or a grapefruit, it distinguishes between the distinctive qualities of objects - the stitched hide of the soft ball or the rind of the grapefruit. In addition to physical qualities, perception also recognizes the qualities of a mental object. For example, when told to think of a basketball, it is perception which retrieves the mental object - the mental picture of a basketball - from memory along with all its varied detail. Perception therefore covers recognition of the full range of qualities which any object can have, both physical and mental."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Nanamoli, Bhikkhu and ed. Bodhi, Bhikkhu, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, A New Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1995.
  • Nyanaponika, Thera, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, York Beach: Samuel Weiser, 1965; originally published in London: Ryder & Company 1962.
  • Rahula, Walpola, What the Buddha Taught, New York: Grove Press, 1974; originally published 1959.

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