The 5 Clusters of Clinging (Khandha):

The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus, there are these five Clusters of Clinging. What five?

1: The Cluster of Clinging to Form...

2: The Cluster of Clinging to Feeling...

3: The Cluster of Clinging to Perception...

4: The Cluster of Clinging to Construction...
5: The Cluster of Clinging to Consciousness...

These are the 5 Clusters of Clinging! The Noble 8-fold Way should indeed
be developed for the direct experience of these five Clusters of Clinging,
for the full understanding and elimination of them, and for their final
overcoming, abandoning and leaving all behind...This Noble 8-fold Way is
to be developed for the uprooting of all of these five Clusters of Clinging!



Explanation: Clinging is solidified craving. Craving is the cause of Suffering:

The Cluster of Clinging to Form is internally to one's 'own body' and externally
to what is appearing as
'my physical world' and the bodies of others..

The Cluster of Clinging to Feeling is the obsession with pleasant feeling,
fear of painful feeling and obstinate indifference towards neutral feeling...

The Cluster of Clinging to Perception is the monomaniac obsession with the
diverse, and momentarily tantalizing manifold objects of the six senses...

The Cluster of Clinging to Construction is the persistent passion for intending,
planning, attending, thinking, involving, hoping, wanting, willing and worrying...

The Cluster of Clinging to Consciousness is the addiction to all that is seen,
heard, smelt, tasted, touched, and cognized as ideas or mental states...

Cluster of Clinging means an assemblage, bunch, clump, collection, group,
or knot of a tightly adhering collection of various forms of attachment!

There is nothing here 'outside' or 'apart' from these clusters of clinging,
neither internally, nor externally! This 5-fold classification is complete,
since it covers all worldly phenomena...
The cause of clinging is craving.
The effect of clinging is becoming.
The effect of becoming is (re)birth,
ageing, decay, sickness, (re)death and thus Suffering.... Dig that or die ;-)


More on these 5 Clusters of Clinging (Khandha):

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V:60-1] section 45: The Way. 178: The 5 Cluster of Clinging...

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Updated: 22 Dec 2016