T 1670B Nāgasena Bhikṣu Sūtra

Part 2: Dialogues

2.23. Interdependence of Name and Form

The king asked, “You were talking just now of name-and-form, what does name mean, what does form mean?”

Nāgasena replied, “What is currently existing is the form (i.e. the body), what the mind thinks is name.”

“Why is it, Nāgasena, that name is not reborn separately from its form?”

“The name and form of a person are connected one with another and spring into being together. It is like an egg that consists of the yoke and the egg-shell. Just so, the name is not separate from its form.”

“Excellent, Nāgasena.”