Friends:

 Contact causes Feeling causes Craving causes Suffering!



This have I heard. At this time the Blessed One was living in a Brick-House.
Then while being all alone, the Blessed Buddha spoke this deep Dhamma:
In dependence on the eye and the forms, visual consciousness arises...
In dependence on the ear and the sounds, auditory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the nose and the odours, olfactory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the tongue and flavours, gustatory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the body and the touches, tactile consciousness arises...
In dependence on the mind and the thoughts, mental consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena, is Contact (phassa)...
Conditioned by this contact, then feeling comes into being.
Conditioned by this feeling, then craving arises.
Conditioned by this craving, then clinging emerges.
Conditioned by this clinging, the process of becoming is initiated.
Conditioned by becoming, rebirth of the next moment & a next life happens.
Conditioned by this recurring birth, ageing, decay, sickness, & death arrive!
Such is the cause of this conditioned origin of an accumulation of suffering!
In dependence on the eye and forms, then visual consciousness arises...
In dependence on the ear and sounds, then auditory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the nose and odours, then olfactory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the tongue and flavours, gustatory consciousness arises...
In dependence on the body and touches, then tactile consciousness arises...
In dependence on the mind and thoughts, then mental consciousness arises...
The meeting of these three phenomena, is Contact (phassa)...
Conditioned by contact feeling arises. But by the complete stilling, & ceasing
of that same craving, thereby comes the instantaneous cessation of clinging!
The ending of clinging ceases becoming. The ending of becoming ceases birth.
The ending of birth ceases ageing, sickness, death, sorrow, pain & much panic!
That is the cause of the conditioned ceasing of this entire mass of suffering!
Now a certain Bhikkhu was then standing listening to the Blessed One.
The Blessed One saw him standing there listening and said to him: Did you hear
that Dhamma explanation, bhikkhu? Yes, Sir! Learn that Dhamma exposition,
Bhikkhu, remember it, make it as if your own, master it, since that Dhamma
is advantageous, fundamental and essential to all of the Noble life...!



More on Contact (Phassa)...
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Diversity_of_Contacts.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Dependent_on_Contact.htm

Source:
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. Book II 74-5
The section on Causation 12. Thread on Natika: 45.
http://store.pariyatti.org/Connected-Discourses-of-the-Buddha_p_1379.html
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/ati_website/html/tipitaka/sn/index.html

Contact Causes Craving!