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‘They form the formed’, that indeed, monks, is why they are called ‘formations’. And what, monks, do you say is consciousness?… Saπkhårå are no longer merely volitions: though still one of the five aggregates, they are now seen in their dynamic function. Saπkhårå ‘form what is formed’. And what is formed? The five aggregates are formed; all existence is formed. This simply means that the present existence of a living being—the five aggregates—is conditioned by his volitions in the past, and that his present volitions condition his future existence. Finally, here are two texts in which the meaning of saπkhårå has moved right over; and the word now refers to ‘what is formed’, to all five aggregates, to the new existence or the embryo in the womb. r¨paµ bhikkhave aniccaµ, vedanå aniccå, saññå aniccå, saπkhårå aniccå, viññå~aµ aniccaµ…: sabbe saπkhårå aniccå… (Majjhima, 35) Matter, monks, is impermanent, feeling is impermanent, perception is impermanent, formations are impermanent, consciousness is impermanent…: all formations are impermanent… Kabaliπkåre ce bhikkhave åhåre atthi rågo atthi nandi atthi ta~hå pati†­†hitaµ tattha viññå~aµ vir¨¬haµ; yattha pati††hitaµ viññå­ ~aµ vir¨¬haµ atthi tattha nåmar¨passa avakkanti; yattha atthi nåma­r¨passa avakkanti atthi tattha saπkhårå~aµ vuddhi; yattha atthi saπ­khårånaµ vuddhi atthi tattha åyatiµ punabbhavåbhinibbati; yattha atthi åyatiµ punabbhavåbhinibbati atthi tattha åyatiµ jåti­jarå­ma­ra~aµ; yattha atthi åyatiµ jåtijaråmara~aµ sasokantaµ bhikkhave sadaraµ saupåyåsanti vadåmi. (Nidåna/Abhisamaya Saµyutta, 64) If, monks, there is lust for the sustenance of solid food, if there is delight in it and craving for it, consciousness established there increases; where established consciousness increases, there is descent (into the womb) of mentality-and-materiality; where there is descent of mentality-and-materiality, there is growth of formations; where there is growth of formations, there is in the future a coming into renewed existence; where there is in the future a coming into renewed existence, there are in the future birth, decay, and death; where there

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Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

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