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Can anyone explain Sanskara / Sankara indepth?

There's an article in English titled Anicca Vata Sankhara in which Bhikkhu Bodhi describes the various meanings of the word. Here are very brief extracts from that article, a summary: The word ...
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Can anyone explain Sanskara / Sankara indepth?

Sankhara (samskara, sanskara) is a technical term for assembled phenomena. Why are they called "assembled"? Phenomena are assembled in at least three senses: They are assembled from parts. They are ...
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How can I accept losing control of my mind and will?

Fear is a reoccurring companion on the spiritual path. It doesn't mean that something has gone wrong. The particular fear that you describe seems fairly common, but fears can come in all sorts of ...
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What is the difference between papanca and sankhara, and in particular citta-sankhara?

yes it is not easy. First people say that there are 2 triplets of sankaras : (kayasankhara, vacisankhara, mano sankhara) and (kayasankhara, vacisankhara, cittasankhara). they claim that they are not ...
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Removing sankharas

You can't really remove sankharas, but you can have them wither and fade, as you build new ones. How? By not feeding them with obsessive thinking. The less you think certain thoughts, the more the ...
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Two interpretations of the three levels of suffering, Dukkha Sutta and Tibetan

The words in SN 38.14 are not even attributed to Buddha, they are Sariputra's. I don't know why Theravada took them as the basis of their analysis. Instead, the authoritative definition of dukkha is ...
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Why is there something instead of nothing?

This sounds like the type of philosophical questions that is mentioned in the Acintita Sutta: Conjecture about [the origin, etc., of] the world is an unconjecturable that is not to be conjectured ...
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How can I accept losing control of my mind and will?

Fighting fear makes it grow. Letting go of fear, it will disappear just as it arose. Fear is temporary. Temporary things are not worth clinging to: MN62:3.2: “Rāhula, you should truly see any kind of ...
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Sankhara on a wave, a wood, and a rock?

That sounds like the simile in AN 3.130 below. This describes three types of individuals and their anger. Anger is a sankhara (volition, mental formation). "Monks, there are these three types of ...
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Can anyone explain Sanskara / Sankara indepth?

Most in depth explanations happens in the Abhi Dhamma. There are 52 Cetasikas our of which 50 come under Sankara (with the exception of Feeling and Perception). Explaining the 50 would need a small ...
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Can anyone explain Sanskara / Sankara indepth?

I think this entire universe is made up of Sankara, which cannot be seen thorough our 5 senses(Vinyana-Perception).Also "San" means collection and "kara" means information. It is the collection of ...
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Two interpretations of the three levels of suffering, Dukkha Sutta and Tibetan

Gethin, Foundations of Buddhism, footnote 4 on p. 282, lists these sources. Visuddhimagga xvi. 34-5; Digha Nikaya iii. 216; Samyutta Nikaya iv. 259, v. 56; Nettippakarana 12. The Visuddhimagga has ...
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How should the terms 'kaya, vaci & citta sankhara' be translated?

Sankara is conditioning which puts together or makes or forms something. Kaya Sankhara - this what sustains keeps the body together hence the breath. If breathing stops the body falls apart. Vaci ...
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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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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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What is the true meaning of Kaya Sankhara, Vaci Sankhara and Citta Sankhara

Sankara is conditioning which puts together or makes or forms something. Kaya Sankhara - this what sustains keeps the body together hence the breath. If breathing stops the body falls apart. Vaci ...
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"abandoning samyojanas" vs "removing saṅkhāras"

Perhaps you'll find these suttas relevant. AN 6.89 through AN 6.91 list six things that are given up, in order to become accomplished in view -- which include the first three fetters (which are ...
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In Dependent Co-Arising, is Dukkha a Sankhara, a Vedana, both, or none?

Plenty of other things than vedana are dukkha, so you cannot say that dukkha is just vedana. The buddha says that whatever is anicca is dukkha, so the way to find dukkha is to find something anicca, ...
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