Questions tagged [five-skandas]

In Buddhist phenomenology and soteriology, the skandhas (Sanskrit) or khandhas (Pāḷi), aggregates in English, are the five functions or aspects that constitute the sentient being: matter, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness. The Buddha teaches that nothing among them is really "I" or "mine".

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Why five aggregates instead of just three?

If feeling, perception and consciousness are conjoined or mixed, and it is not possible to separate them or delineate them or disjoin them, then why do we have five different aggregates instead of ...
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What are the five kinds of seeds?

In the Seeds Sutta (SN 22.54), we find there are five kinds of seeds, which can grow, when they are fertile, undamaged and securely planted on the ground with water to nourish them. Water is delight ...
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Why these skandhas?

(Not sure if i should break this down into two questions. Let me know if that's better.) Is Gautama Buddha the originator of the idea of skandhas? The suttas provides multiple accounts of the ...
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Are the Skandhas reborn from moment-to-moment?

Imagine a human being born in 1982 weighing a few pounds at birth and labeled 'Melinda' by her parents. This little human being grows up - as little human beings tend to do - and by 2020 we imagine ...
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Do visual objects have karma?

According to Nagarjuna, the second causal link (sankhara, motivations) and the tenth causal link (bhava, gestation) are two karmas through which sentient beings trigger seven sufferings identified ...
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Liberation is possible because of the transcendent quality of awareness beyond the Five Skandhas?

I have been inquiring about the teachings including translations of scriptures with regards to 'Awareness that knows' here, here , here.. Specifically, in reference to the explanations given by ...
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How does dependent origination and the skandhas fit together?

I’m having trouble seeing whether the idea of the five skandhas is meant to fit within dependent origination in any way, or whether the two theories are meant to be applied as complements to each ...
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The World and Five Aggregates of Clinging

As I've heard, the "world" referred by Buddha (mentioned in the Loka Sutta and in Samyutta Nikaya - 4 -> LokaSamudaya Sutta) is the same as "Five Aggregates of Clinging" (Five-Updana-Skandas). That's ...
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Difference between aggregates and clinging-aggregates?

What's the difference between the five aggregates and the five clinging-aggregates? For e.g. is the aggregate of form referring to the physical body, but the clinging-aggregate of form is a tainted ...
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Cessation of form vs. escape from form

EDIT: I've changed this question from SN 22.56 to SN 22.57, but the sutta content related to my question is very similar. And I've added a new question. The term "form" in SN 22.57 below, seems to ...
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If consciousness arises from mental formations is it correct to say that consciousness has a specific tone or opinions with it?

Example: I see something moving, there's contact. Then there's an unpleasant feeling and perception recognize it as a spider. Mental formations on how to deal with the "threat" of a spider arises. A ...
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Why is there no self in the container of the 5 aggregates?

I can see that there is no self to find in the 5 aggregates. But what about their container ? I have a recurrent thought which troubles me : I imagine the 5 aggregates happening within a frame, ...
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Are all of the five aggregates saṅkhāras?

Are the five aggregates all saṅkhāras -- are they impermanent and dependently originated? I guess that "perceptions" and "feelings" are perhaps dependent on sensual contact. Is there anything else ...
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What are the six sense Indriyas?

Are the six sense faculties just the sense organs, sense objects, and sense consciousnesses, considered all together, that (conventionally) makes up a (conventional) person? Does it make any ...
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How is enlightenment or mindfulness reflected in the functioning of the aggregates?

How are the aggregates affected by a person's becoming enlightened or more enlightened? I'm guessing that some aggregates (e.g. "form" perhaps) are not affected, and some are. I'm asking, hoping to ...
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How is dharma formed?

I believe that the word 'dharma' (among other things) refers to the constituent elements of a body and mind, and that the Buddhist should find those dharmas void of a person, and perhaps any ...
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Which consciousness/es are involved in meta-congnition (thinking about thinking)?

Which consciousness/es are involved in meta-congnition (thinking about thinking)? And can the skandhas exist without them? I'm asking because I'm interested in whether animals without metacognition ...
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Why do Buddhists argue that nirvana is nothing in addition to the skandhas?

Why do Buddhists argue that nirvana is nothing in addition to the skandhas? I found this, and I hope it suffices to demonstrate that's what the Buddha taught: "What do you think: Do you regard the ...
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What is the Buddhist perspective on passively altering your subconcious?

Firstly I'd like to provide some context: When I first began getting into the Buddhist teachings, specifically that of the Theravada tradition, I'd often do things such as passively play the ...
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Does dukkha apply to name-and-form?

That is to say, anicca and anatta obviously apply to all 5 skandhas, but 'stress/suffering' is a psychological phenomenon. Is it the 'name' within name-and-form that links it back to dukkha?
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What does Buddhism add to a Stoic?

Is there any thing that Buddhism can add to a Stoic Pursuit? Below is a friendly laid-back discourse between a Stoic and a Buddhist, which could be used as a guide to what I’m trying to compare. ...
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What is it like to perceive without 5 Skandas?

My understanding of Nibbana is a person who has overcome 5 skandas. I could not perceive the state as we are constantly bombarded with internal and external stimulations which makes me assume that ...
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What is difference (Vedic) Consciousness versus Pali Text terms “Deathless”, “Awakened Awareness”?

Would you kindly give your input on these Pali text quotes and comments? They are derived from "Questions on the Five Skhandas", specifically Dhammadhatu's answer regarding the common reference "...
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What is the difference between nama-rupa and the five skandhas?

As I understood it from the abhidharma, nama-rupa is just another way of looking at the five skandhas, a different scheme for the same thing, along with others (e.g. the dhatus). But, as far as I can ...
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What's the difference between perception and consciousness?

Having read descriptions of perception and consciousness (two of the five skandhas), I still don't understand the difference. Is there an important difference? What is the difference and why is it ...
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How does the first noble truth associate dukkha with each of the five skandhas?

I'm looking at this definition of dukkha: Birth is dukkha, aging is dukkha, death is dukkha; sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & despair are dukkha; association with the unbeloved is ...
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Understanding that Perception and Consciousness are temporary

In five aggregates I'm bit confused when it says Perception and Consciousness are temporary . I can see form , feelings and formations are temporary by practice. Could someone provide me some more ...
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What is vedanā?

Vedanā is usually translated as "feeling" or "sensation". In S.N. Goenka's tradition, vedanā is understood as a physical sensation on the body, such as touch, heat, pain, etc. As far as I understand, ...
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Understanding anatta via “there are no computer programs” analogy

I tried to find an analogy that would help me to understand anatta: Just as we can say "there is no self" (there are just mental aggregates interacting with each other and eventually causing some ...
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The bliss of nirvana without sensation

Some sensations are neither good nor bad, when I think there is an absence both of pleasure and pain. But what about nirvana itself? Obviously there is no vedana to it. Is its "bliss" something ...
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Diminished volition

This article titled The Theory of Kama says, Volition, or Will (tetana), is itself the doer, Feeling (vedana) is itself the reaper of the fruits of actions. So feelings are the fruit of will and ...
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other models analogue of the ''five aggregates'' [duplicate]

what are the other models analogue of the ''five aggregates'' USED BY THE BUDDHA, and their references in the sutas used by the buddha that mentioned at the end of this video. [YouTube] The Five ...
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Five aggregates vs dependent origination

What is the relation between the five aggregates and the dependent origination?
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Is the sound an object or an experience?

For experience to occur you need to have an object(sound or speaking man?), a sense faculty(ear) and a sense consciousness(hearing). If a sound is an object, what is then an experience?
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Perception (saṃjñā) and discrimination

How do perception and discrimination relate? I remember thinking (when reading) that they were near synonyms
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Questions on the five Skandhas

I find that the five Skandhas can be very confusing at times, as the Western idea of mind and perception is very different to the Buddhist idea of mind and perception. On top of that, many ...
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My thoughts don't happen to other people so why are they 'not mine'?

Considering the five aggregates and the sense in which they are all not-self. Thoughts (samskāra) are one of the five aggregates so they too are 'not me' or 'not mine'. In one sense this is a ...
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Can we be sensously aware without consciousness?

I wondered (after this thread) what Buddhists have said about this question. Can anyone, monks, Buddhas, ordinary people, be aware of a sensation without consciousness of it? And moreover to link it ...
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Dependent origination arising of feeling

I'm just reading about dependent origination and wonder how different individuals have different feeling even if contact is the same? It only makes sense if condition for arising of feeling is not ...
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What is the feeling-clinging aggregate?

Is it the actual sight, sound, smell, taste, tactile sensation, idea, or the feeling based on them.
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Can you gain stream entry by focusing on the clinging and stress going on at the five clinging aggregates?

If I see the clinging and the stress going on at the five clinging aggregates can that propel me into stream entry? Like say I see that clinging is going on at the five clinging aggregates and I see ...
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Are there any alternative formulations of the five skandas?

Considering the 5 skandas of Form Feeling Perception Volition Consciousness I was told during a study group once that this was only one of many possible formulations of the skandas and other ...