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p. 371/4-5

p. 371/20 p. 393/16-24


phenomenon of this authentic potentiality-for-Being also opens our eyes for the constancy of the Self, in the sense of having achieved some sort of position. The constancy of the Self, in the double sense of steadiness and steadfastness, is the authentic counter-possibility to the non-Self-constancy which is characteristic of irresolute falling. Existentially, “Self-constancy” signifies nothing other than anticipatory resoluteness. The ontological structure of such resoluteness reveals the existentiality of the Self’s Selfhood.]: ‘Constancy of the Self’ = ‘absoluteness’. This seems to indicate that H. takes ‘self’ in the sense of ‘self-reflexion’. This is confirmed with the identification of ‘self-constancy’ as resoluteness, which is essentially a reflexive phenomenon. But, after all this, why should I care? If ‘self’ (i.e. ‘reflexion’) is the absoluteness of care, we still do not know why care should be care—that is, suffering. See NoD, SN, attå. See note on p. 153. [it is as care that Dasein’s totality of Being has been defined.] u/l: Yes, it is defined as care, but when we come to seize care reflexively, we find ourselves asking ‘Who cares?’ H.’s answer is ‘Care cares’, i.e. ‘self cares’; but this ‘self’, according to H., is the reflexion of resoluteness, and this still does not answer the question. The nullity (or notness) of care (p. 331) is the reason for guilt; and guilt is the reason for fleeing guilt in fallenness; and fallennees is the reason for hypostatising this self revealed by resoluteness into a self-thing;—but this cannot be so, unless there is already a hypostasis lurking in the phenomenon of care. Where does this hypostasis come from? (See note on p. 155.) Go back to p. 173 and we find that Dasein is a burden, and ‘Why that should be, one does not know’. [Projecting discloses possibilities—that is to say, it discloses the sort of thing that makes possible.] noted: Projection discloses determinations (cetanå, saπkhårå). ‘… thing that makes possible—i.e, that determines.’ [makes possible] changed to: determines. [Environmental entities no longer have any involvement. The world in which I exist has sunk into insignificance; and the world which is thus disclosed is one in which entities can be freed only in the character of having no involve-

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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