When one analyzes Saṅkhāras, where does 'unconditioned' fit in?

The word means 'formations'[1] or 'that which has been put together' and 'that which puts together'.

I take this to mean something about parts and wholes, as well as causation. But what about "the unconditioned": will it appear as cognitive residue or by-product of establishing every conditioned thing, or is it an object of cognition one gets to? Or what exactly?


The word 'unconditioned', as is the thought of & the understanding of this word, all these are Sankhara and are conditioned.

That which is rightly thought of as unconditioned is not a sankhara, that which one understands as 'unconditioned' is not conditioned even tho one's thinking of it is conditioned.

If one is fixated in wrong views one can think of something conditioned and think of it as unconditioned due to stupidity.

Having discerned the cessation of the conditioned as a principally unconditioned reality, it is proclaimed to be unconditioned.

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    It would be helpful for the person who downvoted this answer to explain why they downvoted as I cannot see what this issue is here?
    – Max
    Jan 26 '21 at 10:07

Formation is okay, back two other meaning are not okay.

Sankhara are coworker originators.

Sankhata are lucky men or victims.

Every aggregates must be many cause states (conditioners) and many effect states (conditioned).

There are only two unconditioned, Nibbāna and Illusion (Paññatti, included name).

Nibbāna, a reality, is not conditioned by any Sankhara because it is the cessation state of Sankhara. It is the opposite of conditioned. Whoever , aggregates, knew Nibbāna must going to never born by conditioners again in 7 births. It is never arise but it is still a state either one know it or not. And who want to know this reality must practice hard follow the Buddha only, except SammāSambuddha and PaccekaSambuddha.

Illusion (Paññatti, included name) is not conditioned because it is just imagination which must imagined by someone. It is not reality, not truth. And it is not the opposite of aggregates because erything, all aggregates, Nibbāna and all Illusions, can be imagined by thinking (mind;Cittu-Uppāda).

See Abhidhamma, especially Patthāna (24 conditions), for more information.

  • .. But is not Paññati conditioned by the one that imagines? Dec 22 '20 at 19:23
  • Nibbana and Pannatti never arise because they never be conditioned by anything. If one say "Paññati conditioned by the one that imagines" it means every imagine must has the right conditioners' relations to be a really arising conditioned effect. It is impossible. One imagines "I am a world's commander", but it is never arise, unreality, because it is never conditioned by any realities. All imaginations are lacking of conditioners to be real. (to be continue...)
    – Bonn
    Dec 23 '20 at 0:09
  • (continue) However, minds can image an imagination by collecting realities and imaginations, so some Pannatti look really real, such as human is Pannatti which minds generate it from Aggregate-Realities and Real+Unreal Aggregates' Pannatti. Another, this is just the beginning of the insight meditation there are many other things to know to meditate the meditations such as the smallest elements of minds' millisecond, etc. The smallest real elements are the way to make sure we understand everything real, not just an imagine. It causes Abhidhamma and causes the Buddha is the only best teacher.
    – Bonn
    Dec 23 '20 at 0:12

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