Right. The Sanskrit is saṃskāra. When I first stayed on an ashram, decades back, chocolate bars and cigarettes [among other things] were referred to as ‘saṃskāras’. Saṃskāra has sometimes been translated as ‘habit’ - but it’s more far-reaching than that word often conveys, as it is includes deep-rooted tendencies and ways of seeing and reacting. But I still think I prefer ‘habits’ to ‘fabrications’ or ‘formations’, although the latter is indeed a fairly obvious synonym for ‘habit’. [Although it’s interesting that the customary garb of a Christian monk is called a ‘habit’. ]Clyde wrote:In researching “sankhara” I found this essay by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Anicca Vata Sankhara (“Impermanent, alas, are all formations!”) which defines and explores the term.
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Dependent co-arising leads to the diminishing and perhaps even the end of a belief in a concrete, persistent self. If you have no 'self' sort of speak - then who is it that suffers? be a light unto thy self
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