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Are there any alternative formulations of the five skandas?

Here is a fairly comprehensive list of alternatives: Onefold: saṅkhāra formations; everything that arises and ceases all five aggregates fit in this category. Twofold: nāmarūpa name and form (...
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Questions on the five Skandhas

Rupa Does this refer to physical form? Yes, anything physical is included in this category. Ex: light, sound, aromas,earth element, water element, heat element, air element etc. However, with ...
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Is the sound an object or an experience?

According to MN 18: Dependent on the ear and sounds, ear-consciousness arises. Definitions Ear = the sensitive part of the ear that is able to detect sound Sound = vibration Ear-consciousness = ...
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Are there any alternative formulations of the five skandas?

The 18 Dhatus Which is a breakdown or ultimate-categorization of Experience utilizing the six (sense-)consciousnesses six sense faculties / sense organs six types of object or "focality" If you ...
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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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The bliss of nirvana without sensation

A basic answer is, Nirvana is zero attachment and zero aversion. Imagine how you'd feel if you had zero attachments and zero aversions, not even a slightest hint. That is Nirvana. I'm not sure what ...
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Understanding anatta via "there are no computer programs" analogy

I find it helps to try to relate things back to the core teachings: suffering, the cause of suffering, the extinction of suffering and the way to achieve that. So the relevant teaching here as I ...
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What is vedanā?

Out of the many many classifications Goenka's techniques uses the 5 fold classification (physical pleasant, physical painful, mental pleasant, mental painful, equanimous) Bodily Sensation is ...
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Questions on the five Skandhas

There's an article, The Five Aggregates (A Study Guide by Thanissaro Bhikkhu), which quotes what the Pali suttas say about the aggregates (i.e. the definitions of the aggregates in suttas), for ...
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My thoughts don't happen to other people so why are they 'not mine'?

Wikipedia says (although these statements are unreferenced), There are three ways in which self views could be conceived and all three are said to be wrong views. All these views types of identity ...
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My thoughts don't happen to other people so why are they 'not mine'?

They are the thoughts that happen to you in particular, so indeed you have "your thoughts", but they are not "yours" in that you have no real ownership of them nor do they reflect your true self.
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Five aggregates vs dependent origination

We can't see five aggregates as it is. We can see a men, animals, Devas. Or good thing, bad thing. Or a beautiful thing, a ugly thing etc. But in reality, there is nothing like that. Everything just a ...
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Are the Skandhas reborn from moment-to-moment?

Imagine a camp fire that started in 1982. The original fuel has burned down but new fuel is regularly added. The overall shape and configuration of the fire in 2020 is somewhat reminiscent of the ...
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Is the sound an object or an experience?

From a Tibetan point of view, it concerns what is referred to as Lo Rig (epistemology), 'Awarenesses and knowers' and 'Minds and mental factors'. Strictly speaking, experience refers to a ...
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Understanding anatta via "there are no computer programs" analogy

If a computer program were to realize the truth about itself then: It wouldn't be surprised to find bugs (i.e. unwanted behaviour) It wouldn't be surprised to find subroutines (encapsulated behaviour)...
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What is vedanā?

As I understand it, 'vedana' is used to denote the pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral aspect of some experience. The term most closely tracks with the English terms 'valence' or 'hedonic tone', rather ...
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How does the first noble truth associate dukkha with each of the five skandhas?

They are related to all aggregates. Birth is the arising of aggregates. Death is the disappearing of that which arose. Ageing is the changing in between. Sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & ...
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Cessation of form vs. escape from form

Yes, rebirth can ONLY be ended through the practice of the Noble Eight Fold Path. No other way. Nutriment is four fold: Physical nutriment (kabaḷīkārāhāro) - the edible food as well as a person or ...
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Difference between aggregates and clinging-aggregates?

IN short, taking five aggregate as I, me and myself is the clinging-aggregate. As Arahant does not have self-identification they do not have a clinging-aggregate. https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic....
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Difference between aggregates and clinging-aggregates?

The sutta sources on this topic are analyzed in "The Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism" by Choong Mun-keat, pages 30-33. Basically, the suttas say that upadana-skandhas are skandhas that are ...
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