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What are the aggregates made up of?

Rupa(form): Patavi (earth element or hardness/softness) Apo (water element or cohesion) Tejo (fire element or heat/cold) Vayo (air element or motion) 24 secondary elelments Vedana(feeling) bodily ...
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Why is there no self in the container of the 5 aggregates?

This is the problem with mixing up ultimate reality with conventional reality. In ultimate reality, the cat does not exist. What is real is the tactile experience of the touch. That experience is an ...
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What are the aggregates made up of?

"Aggregate" in "Five Aggregates" is a common translation of the Sanskrit word "skandha" or Pali "khandha". Other translations of skandha include "heap", "group", "collection". The image for this is a ...
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Other than physical form which characteristics define a woman?

The Pali scriptures refer to the 'faculty of femininity' ('itthindriya'), as follows: Mendicants, there are these three faculties.What three? The faculties of femininity (itthindriya), ...
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At which stage of enlightenment are the aggregates seen as not-self fully?

The conceit ‘I am’ is the 8th fetter; only fully eradicated by an Arahant. Bhikkhus, there are these five higher fetters. What five? Lust for form, lust for the formless, conceit, restlessness, ...
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Why five aggregates instead of just three?

Very good question, which i imagine i will post more about at a later time. Firstly, about the translations, I suspect the translations of "paññāpeti" as "delineate", "...
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How can Name-and-form be the cause and condition for the manifestation of the consciousness aggregate?

From the Mahanidana Sutta (DN15): "If one is asked, 'From what requisite condition does contact come?' one should say, 'Contact comes from name-and-form as its requisite condition.' "If ...
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separating consciousness-feeling-perception

"Feeling, perception, & consciousness are conjoined, friend, not disjoined. It is not possible, having separated them one from another, to delineate the difference among them. For what one ...
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What are the aggregates made up of?

1.Khandha/aggregate definition If I am not wrong, the aggregates are called aggregates because they are the sum total of many heterogenous things taken together. Khandha-word is used in tipitaka 3 ...
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How can Nama-rupa of Dependent Arising be same as Five Aggregates?

DN15 is aprophyca. It fails the Buddhist Great Standards (Mahapadesa) and therefore should be dismissed as being the words of the Buddha. The Pali scriptures state consciousness is only the six ...
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Responsibility in Buddhism

Your question is a variation of the question, "if there is no self, then who is responsible for actions?" The Buddha rubbished the notion that there is no self doing anything, in the Attakari Sutta: ...
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Why is there no self in the container of the 5 aggregates?

Is government a physical object? I imagine the 5 aggregates happening within a frame, which is a different one for every living creature. Governments can shape "actions of the country", but in the ...
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Why is there no self in the container of the 5 aggregates?

Just as, with an assemblage of parts, The word 'chariot' is used, So, when the aggregates are present, There's the convention 'a being.' https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bl143.html
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At which stage of enlightenment are the aggregates seen as not-self fully?

Sakkaya Dithi (self-view) is fully eliminated in the Sotapanna (stream-enterer) stage.
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At which stage of enlightenment are the aggregates seen as not-self fully?

At each stage of awakening, good householder, but only on the last, highest stage one would no more take on them again, even not in refined spheres. Of course it can be that one isn't aware of the ...
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Perception (saṃjñā) and discrimination

Discernment (wisdom; panna) & consciousness are conjoined, friend, not disjoined. It's not possible, having separated them one from the other, to delineate the difference between them. For what ...
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Clinging to perception aggregate

Feelings or sensations (vedana) are of six types - sight, sound, smell, taste, tactile and thoughts. Emotional thoughts and mental chatter are part of sankhara or mental formations or mental ...
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Why five aggregates instead of just three?

In your question you say, "it is not possible to separate them or delineate them or disjoin them." But Ven. Thanissaro's translation says: "It is not possible, having separated them one ...
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What are the five kinds of seeds?

here Consciousness+nutriment is like the a seed, like in https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.077.than.html but with karma-field replacing the 4 stations-earth for the seed... But the ...
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What are the five kinds of seeds?

What is consciousness together with its nutriment, that forms five kinds of seeds? What five? From Ven. Bodhi's note in "Middle Length Discourses": Nutriment (ahara) is to be understood ...
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Is Intention a sankhara?

1) In the aggregates, 'sankhara' are kammic formations. Mmmm... I wouldn't say that. All "kammic formations" are "sankhara" but not all sankhara are kammic formations. For example, a Buddha has ...
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Is Intention a sankhara?

1) In the aggregates, 'sankhara' are kammic formations. Yes. Sankhara creates future results. So karmaic results are due to Sankhara. Sankhara is like the seed which germinates into the result. 2) ...
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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?

Good question. The way it was explained to me, the twelve nidanas are all "made" from each other, they are all made from the same "stuff". It's like when there is water, the wave on the water and the ...
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Is it wrong-view to think there might be more than 5 aggregates?

It is not wrong view to think there might be more aggregates. The aggregates are merely a summary of the things clung to. What is right view is the understanding that clinging to the aggregates is ...
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Is it wrong-view to think there might be more than 5 aggregates?

There are only two realities: saṅkhāra (dependent origination such as aggregate) and asaṅkhāra (no dependent origination such as nibbāna). All others are paññatti (concept;imagine;not reality) because ...
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Need better examples for assuming self to be non-form aggregates

I need much better examples for the other four aggregates I guess a non-canonical example for "perception" might be, imagine you're living somewhere: a city or a village, a house. And you're ...
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How can Name-and-form be the cause and condition for the manifestation of the consciousness aggregate?

In dependant origination, Vinnana refers to the Patisandhi Citta. In other words, the first Bhavaanga citta in your current life. This is way before the senses are developed. Consciousness aggregate ...
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Responsibility in Buddhism

When the Buddha taught about "not-self", he did so as a "realisation". This means, in the realised mind/person, selfishness ends; thus unwholesome & irresponsible actions end. The Buddha did not ...
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How can Nama-rupa of Dependent Arising be same as Five Aggregates?

Namarupa is defined in the scriptures. Nama is feeling, perception, intention, internal contact & attention. Rupa is the physical body composed of earth, wind, fire & water elements. ...
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