Points of Controversy

10.4. Of Sensations as Moral and Immoral

Controverted Point: That the five kinds of sense-consciousness are good and bad (have positive moral quality).

Theravādin: Verbatim similar to Kv10.3.1Kv10.3.3.) The argument being here, too, that the senses are limited to sense-objects, ethical and intellectual matters being the concerns of intellect, will, etc.

Mahāsaṅghikas: Well, but was it not said by the Exalted One:

“Here, bhikkhus, when a bhikkhu sees an object with the eye, he grasps, … or again, does not grasp, at the general characters or the details of it, … or hears a sound, etc…”

Surely then the five sorts of sense-consciousness are good and bad.