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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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Liberation is possible because of the transcendent quality of awareness beyond the Five Skandhas?

There is no awareness beyond the khandhas. There is no such thing as the "Thai Forest Tradition" having a uniform set of teachings. The "Thai Forest Tradition" is just a variety of different jungle ...
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Saṃsāra vs Saṃskāra

This Glossary transliterates it as saṃsāra and saṅkhāra The PTS dictionary has it as: saŋsāra and sankhāra Note: The PTS dictionary defines the saŋ prefix as meaning something like, "one&...
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Saṃsāra vs Saṃskāra

As other people said, sam- stands for "togetherness", "sara" stands for "flowing" and "kara" stands for "making". So the two words are, roughly, "...
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Does dukkha apply to name-and-form?

'Dukkha' as one of the three characteristics is not a psychological phenomenon (unlike 'dukkha' in the four noble truths). As one of the three characteristics, 'dukkha' means 'unsatisfactoriness', ...
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What is the difference between nama-rupa and the five skandhas?

Nama-rupa & the five aggregates are taught for different purposes. The five aggregates are objects of insight. 'Such is form, such its origination, such its passing away. Such is feeling, ...
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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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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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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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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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What's the difference between perception and consciousness?

In relation to the five aggregates, the consciousness aggregate solely refers to main minds, such as the eye-consciousness, the ear-consciousness, and so forth. This excludes mental factors. Mental ...
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What is difference (Vedic) Consciousness versus Pali Text terms "Deathless", "Awakened Awareness"?

"Vedantic teachings inevitably lead to the direct discovery that "consciousness is all." This is not so for the Buddha. https://suttacentral.net/en/mn1 “Thus have I heard. On one occasion the ...
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What is the difference between nama-rupa and the five skandhas?

Why? Different time period. Namarupa is more Theravadin and Five Skandha is a much precise, evolved system that isn't really deeply spoken of until Surangama Sutra--a Mahayana invention. And are ...
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What is it like to perceive without 5 Skandas?

Nibbana is the 5 skandas have overcome the idea of a "person" & "who". The Pali scriptures define Nibbana as the end of greed, hatred & delusion and occurring to a living conscious mind. The ...
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Why do Buddhists argue that nirvana is nothing in addition to the skandhas?

In the Yamaka Sutta, Ven. Sariputta, made Yamaka to understand that the five skandas are anicca. If one truly understands this reality the extinction of the process happens in the form of ‘Nibbana’. ...
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How is enlightenment or mindfulness reflected in the functioning of the aggregates?

Five aggregates arise in an Arahanth too while living except for the moment of attaining Nibbana and when in Nirodha Samapatti. But the difference is craving, aversion, ignorance are missing, which ...
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How is enlightenment or mindfulness reflected in the functioning of the aggregates?

In my understanding of their meaning, the "five heaps of wood" also known as The Five Aggregates, is a schema explaining phenomenological makeup of our subjective existence. In other words, everything ...
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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? As far as I understand , for an enlightened mind the aggregates will cease to exist because the mind will no ...
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Are all of the five aggregates saṅkhāras?

If all five aggregates are indeed saṅkhāras, then what is the aggregate called "formation" (saṅkhāra)? Please read this answer for more info on sankharas based on Bhikkhu Bodhi's essay "Anicca Vata ...
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Are all of the five aggregates saṅkhāras?

-- "Are the five aggregates all saṅkhāras -- are they impermanent and dependently originated?" In my understanding, it's the experience of "my life" that is a saṅkhāra - while the five aggregates (...
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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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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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Cessation of form vs. escape from form

Q1: What does cessation of form through the noble eightfold path mean? Form is one of the grasping aggregates. With relishing, it grows (see SN12.64). For example, first we like cake, then we like ...
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How does dependent origination and the skandhas fit together?

Dependent origination is about the origination of suffering (sorrow, grief, despair, etc) that comes from ignorantly attaching to the khandhas as 'self' ('upadana') and as 'a being' ('jati'). Not only ...
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