Rick wrote: ↑
Sun May 31, 2020 2:24 pm
PadmaVonSamba wrote: ↑
Sun May 31, 2020 3:56 am
jimmi wrote: ↑
Sun May 31, 2020 1:05 am
It remains a momentary cluster of conditions.
Same for the tiger in a dream.
Intrinsic reality is not relevant to arising conditions.
What is intrinsic reality?
“Intrinsic reality” means having something being real out of, or based on some intrinsic essence.
Buddhism interprets the term 'intrinsic essence' to mean that which exists unchangingly in all three times, right?
Process philosophy interprets it to mean 'that' which is constantly changing, becoming.
Is there any similar teaching in Buddhism, something like: Anicca is the intrinsic essence of phenomena?
In both philosophies, you have to refer to an identifiable “thing” that is the object of the discussion. But there can be no “thing” that is constantly changing, because that implies “it” is constantly becoming something other than itself.
Annica, impermanence, is the characteristic of all arising phenomena. But we have to be careful not to make the mistake of thinking ‘this is an essentially stable thing, then it changes into a different essentially stable thing” such as a wooden match which has been in a box for 5 years, with no apparent change at all, and then the match is struck, and now you have a burnt wooden match which you can keep in another box, seemingly unchanging, for another 5 years. In both the before-and-after condition of the match, it was, is, and will be constantly decomposing even though we ourselves cannot perceive it. So, keep in mind that when we talk about changing phenomena, we are really talking about the changing of already changing pheromones made up of even finer levels of constantly changing, moving phenomena, all the way down to sub atomic particles. Everything is in busy motion. It is only our minds that perceive things as motionless, unchanging self-entities. Then, we say, “does that entity exist or not” and, well, it’s not an accurate question after all, because “exist” doesn’t really mean anything at some point.