If nibbana is an object taken by the citta and perceived by sanna at the moment of fruition, then why do both cease according to the DO forumula? Surely at the moment of fruition there would still be fabrication present, in the form of consciousness/ and or perception.
DO seems to be describing the mind of the arahant as ignorance ceases. There is no ignorance, therefore no sankhara and no suffering. Is this wrong understanding?
Now from the remainderless fading and cessation of that very ignorance
comes the cessation of fabrications. From the cessation of fabrications comes the
cessation of consciousness. From the cessation of consciousness comes the
cessation of name-&-form. From the cessation of name-and-form comes the
cessation of the six sense media. From the cessation of the six sense media comes
the cessation of contact. From the cessation of contact comes the cessation of
feeling. From the cessation of feeling comes the cessation of craving. From the
cessation of craving comes the cessation of clinging/sustenance. From the
cessation of clinging/sustenance comes the cessation of becoming. From the
cessation of becoming comes the cessation of birth. From the cessation of birth,
then aging-&-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair all cease.
Such is the cessation of this entire mass of stress & suffering. — Ud 1:3
There is, bhikkhus, that base where there is no earth, no water, no fire, no air; no base consisting of the infinity of space, no base consisting of the infinity of consciousness, no base consisting of nothingness, no base consisting of neither-perception-nor-non-perception; neither this world nor another world nor both; neither sun nor moon. Here, bhikkhus, I say there is no coming, no going, no staying, no deceasing, no uprising. Not fixed, not movable, it has no support. Just this is the end of suffering. Ud 8:1
If there are no elements, no world at the attainment of nibbana, how can there be consciousness perceiving it? The "fire" would not have totally gone out.
I am sure I am missing something obvious, so bear with me.
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."