I am posting this question here as a general inquiry. My intent is not to "question/be skeptical" of the claim above, I seek only clarification.Malcolm wrote:Coëmgenu wrote:Are devāḥ considered, traditionally, to lack the 5 aggregates? Is there such a thing as a being with no aggregates?Admin_PC wrote:That's my understanding, yes - with the caveat that he is also identified with the 5 Skandhas.
No. Even formless realm devas have two of the four mental aggregates, formations and consciousness.
In all Buddhist traditions, are devāḥ considered, universally, in the Buddhavacana, to only have 2 of the 5 "human/sentient?" aggregates?
If devāḥ lack the 5 aggregates, what are the five aggregates, are they only the aggregates of human/"human-realm" beings? Do hell-dwellers have all 5 aggregates?
Is there a level of karmic attainment where someone is not "burdened" with 5 aggregates? Does having "all 5" aggregates "help" someone realize the Buddhadharma? Is being born a "human" a "higher birth" than being born a deva, with "higher birth" meaning "a birth that is more conducive to practicing Buddhadharma"? Many Buddhist cosmologies count being "born human" as the most beneficent birth for pursuing Buddhadharma, are they wrong?