Mental Body in Divine Realms

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Mental Body in Divine Realms

Post by sangyey » Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:07 pm

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone knows what the mental body is called in the Form and Formless Realms?

I’ve come across Gandhabba and Manomaya Kaya but I’m not sure if any of these are correct.

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Re: Mental Body in Divine Realms

Post by Aemilius » Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:11 pm

The Gandharva/Gandhabba refers to the body in the intermediate state (antarabhava), in the sutras. Mental-Body (namakaya) refers to the form or body in the nidana of mental formations (samskara), see the Vishuddhimagga XIV.133. There is a discussion about the skandhas in the deva-realms and other form realms, found in the Abhidharma, for example in the Abhidharmakosha-bhashyam of Vasubandhu. It is quite technical. Technically the form of a deva/god is also rupa.
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Re: Mental Body in Divine Realms

Post by sangyey » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:15 pm

Thanks for the clarification.

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