Why are Concepts not Impermanent? I found the below explanation in another forum. Are they Permanent? or not both?
Conventional reality (sammuti sacca/ pannatti) is just a concept and not real. Non-real dhammas don’t exist and therefore cannot be anicca or dukkha.
According to Abhdhamma:
- dhamma = paramata + pannatti
- paramata = sankhata + asankhata
- sankhata = citta + cetasika + rupa
- asnkhata = nibbana
- dhamma = citta + cetasika + rupa + nibbana + pannatti
All the dhammas are anatta. Anatta means devoid of essence/self/ownership/hegemony.
Only the sankhata (compounded) is anicca-dukkha. Nibbana and Pannatti are anatta only.
Nibbana is real but not compounded. Therefore not anicca-dukkha. Pannatti is non-real. Therefore not anicca-dukkha.
In Theravada, Concept is an object (unreal object). It is not the Concept-formation of our mind. Mind and mental factors that form a concept do arise and cease, but not the Concept.
The conceptualizing in mind is the impermanent one, but not the Conceptual-object of Conceptualizing-mind. Pannatti is an object. This fake object is perceived by the impermanent mind.
The colors that the eye sees in a movie are real, but not the concept of “movie”. What is fake is the Object pointed by the Idea of “movie”.
What “Conceptualizing” points to, is the Concept. It is a fake object that “Conceptualizing” points to.
The pointer exists, but “what is pointed” doesn’t exist.
So Concepts are not considered as anicca or dukkha.