dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

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Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

Post by Wayfarer » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:07 am

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.
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’. :smile: ]
No wisdom can we get hold of
No highest perfection
No Bodhisattva, no thought of enlightenment either
When told of this, if not bewildered and in no way anxious
A Bodhisattva courses in the Tathāgata's wisdom.

Prajñāpāramitā Sutra ~ Conze Translation

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Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

Post by R.J. Forbes » Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:56 pm

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? :thanks: be a light unto thy self

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