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fresh ones of the same kind; and thus the spiral proceeds. The increase and maintenance of attention to such pleasurable thoughts is craving; and the thought of craving as satisfiable, that is to say, that this spiral might turn to everlasting steady circular spinning, ‘I am’—an inherent impossibility. 90 Self is satisfied craving. Craving is unsatisfied self. 91 All craving is unsatisfied craving, that is to say, it involves the idea (or assumption) that craving is satisfiable. Perception of impermanence, in removing this false assumption, removes craving. 92 Dependent arising (pa†iccasamuppåda) has neither duration nor instantaneity: it expresses, as it were, the gradient of the curve of existence taken over an infinitesimally short period. It always describes what is now happening, namely, growth of established consciousness; and that is why death, no matter when we meet it, entails birth. We see, too, why the series is non-reversible [phassapaccayå vedanå no vedanåpaccayå phasso]. 93 Chaque dimension est une facon de se projeter rainement vers le Soi. (J.-P. Sartre.) p. 18310 94 As mind (mano) is the behaviour of thought, so eye (cakkhu) is the behaviour of sight, and so also with the other four. 95 Indriyåni vippasannåni refers to other people. 96 The mind is the way the body thinks. The body is the way the mind acts. 97 All [negational] activities11 (Saπkhåra) are manifestations of unwisdom (avijjå), which is the tacit assumption of permanence. 98 The answer is simple but unacceptable.

10.  [‘Each dimension is the For-itself’s way of projecting itself vainly toward the Self.’ B&N, p. 137] 11.  [[negational] activities c/o, r/b: determinations]


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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