Hi, all -
Porpoise : What happens to the aggregates when one is enlightened? Is it that they "continue" but that clinging is removed, or is that some of them cease to operate?
Jcsuperstar : i think youre stuck with them until final nibbana.
Tiltbillings : What ceases to operate is the conditioning fueled by greed, hatred, and delusion.
Nibbida : The aggregates remain but they are no longer mistaken to be a self superimposed on them. It's just the processes of mind and body, rather than a "thing" called self.
All the above answers are good!
The continuity of transient aggregates continues as long as there are "nutriments", but there is no craving to originate new birth.
"There are, O monks, four nutriments for the sustenance of beings born, and for the support of beings seeking birth. What are the four?
Edible food, coarse and fine; secondly, sense-impression; thirdly, volitional thought; fourthly, consciousness.
Of these four nutriments, O monks, what is their source, what is their origin, from what are they born, what gives them existence?
These four nutriments, O monks, have craving as their cause, have craving as their origin, are born of craving, and craving gives them existence."