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Are there Bad teachers? Is Mara in the Sanga?

There have always been bad men robed as monks. If we have clear moral discernment, we will avoid them. There are many evil characters and uncontrolled men wearing the saffron robe. These wicked ...
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Can anyone explain Sanskara / Sankara in depth?

The Pali word ‘sankhara’ has multiple meanings dependent on the context. It can mean: (i) a conditioned thing (formed from various causes or parts); (ii) something that conditions another conditioned ...
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Which word is more suitable for describing reality?

Reality is a word that has two opposite meanings: Sentient being's subjective reality, known in the modern semiotic science as "Umwelt", is the world a sentient being finds itself in: a ...
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Who is responsible for making sankharas impermanent?

I think the doctrine is that a person could assume there is such a thing as "me" -- but that, if they do then that's not a useful/helpful theory, it's misleading. Instead we're encouraged to ...
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AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?

'Abhisaṅkharoti' refers to 'generating', 'constructing' or 'concocting' using thought, as follows: And why do you call them sankhara (mental formations)? Kiñca, bhikkhave, saṅkhāre vadetha? Sankhara ...
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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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What puts together composites according to Buddhism?

The word 'sankhara' has many different meanings. It can mean: "conditioned thing' (something made from causes & conditions; AN 3.134; Dhp 277; SN 22.90) "conditioner' (a condition that conditions/...
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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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Which word is more suitable for describing reality?

Reality is called "the world". Whatever in the world through which you perceive the world and conceive the world is called the world in the training of the Noble One. And through what in ...
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Who is responsible for making sankharas impermanent?

Sankhara is a compounded phenomenon. That is, it is a phenomenon which is composed of other things. It is a phenomenon which arises based on causes and conditions. It is not a thing- it is an ...
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Who is responsible for making sankharas impermanent?

It's simply a universal law. No one designed it that way. “Monks, whether Tathāgatas arise or not, this aspect of the world remains the same – this stable truth, this fixed truth: All conditional ...
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Find Sankhara and Dhamma in the following sentence?

Max = sankhara (mental formation/view) ate = sankhara (an action that requires various causal factors) + dhamma (duty of living) + sankhara (intentional mental formation) ice cream = sankhara (...
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Does AN 3.47 refer to only single standalone sankhara?

All conditioned phenomena are a result of conditional combination, and all the constituents are still made up of combination and so on. The law of impermanence of all conditional phenomena applies at ...
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Is Nibbana an asankhara?

Nibbana is unconditioned (asankhata). Now at that time the Buddha was educating, encouraging, firing up, and inspiring the mendicants with a Dhamma talk about extinguishment. Tena kho pana samayena ...
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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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Can anyone explain Sanskara / Sankara in depth?

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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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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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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Understanding Saṅkhāra in dependent origination as *choices* of body, speech and mind?

skilled practitioners Yes. The second nidana of D.O. is commonly translated as 'volitional factors' or 'choices' The above is wrong. "Volition" is 1st mentioned at nama-rupa. There are ...
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