meaning of sunyata ?

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meaning of sunyata ?

Postby wongsor » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:52 am

Can anybody explain the term sunyata is ? and how do we actually relate them to the panca skhandas ?
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Re: meaning of sunyata ?

Postby viniketa » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:15 pm

If they can sever like and dislike, along with greed, anger, and delusion, regardless of their difference in nature, they will all accomplish the Buddha Path.. ~ Sutra of Complete Enlightenment
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Re: meaning of sunyata ?

Postby oldbob » Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:18 pm

wongsor wrote:Can anybody explain the term sunyata is ? and how do we actually relate them to the panca skhandas ?

Dear wongsor, all and ALL,

--- and part 2 of your question:

"No essence

The aggregates don't constitute any 'essence'. In the Samyutta Nikaya, the Buddha explains this by using the simile of a chariot:

A 'chariot' exists on the basis of the aggregation of parts, even so the concept of 'being' exists when the five aggregates are available.[12][u]

Just as the concept of "chariot" is a reification, so too is the concept of "being". The constituents of being too are unsubstantial in that they are causally produced, just like the chariot as a whole.[13]

The chariot metaphor is not an exercise in ontology, but rather a caution against ontological theorizing and conceptual realism.[14] Part of the Buddha's general approach to language was to point towards its conventional nature, and to undermine the misleading character of nouns as substance-words.[15]"



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