Pannapetar wrote:The not-self (anatta) doctrine of Buddhism takes two forms: a special form and a generalised form...
1. Are phenomena themselves manifestations of atta/atman as far as these laws are concerned?
2. Are there classes of mathematical laws that are subject to some kind of impermanence?
3. Are there physical laws that are subject to some kind of impermanence?
4. Does our mind/thoughts somehow experience atta/atman to the extent to which we can understand these laws?
5. What part of ourselves understands these laws? ...
The Buddha taught that all things in samsara are impermanent, that they never remain the same for even one moment. This means that by the time you think you've seen or touched something, it has changed from what you think it is. It is the notion that the world recreates itself thousands of times per moment. He never said that a concept such as E=mc [to the] 2
would disappear at some point, he simply meant that the sensation of it, the idea, the perception has no substance because it is anatta
, although an objective function this equation represents may be contingent.
This is "the line". It is said that there is an objective, impersonal, absolute nature to the universe, a Law governing it from eternity to eternity, even as all things fluctuate and nothing remains the same, all things occur due to the contingency of this Law. It is possible to break down some orders of this Law into mathematical terms, but that is just a representation of what is happening. It's a question of language and mental perceptions. The perceptions are impermanent, but in order for them to be impermanent there must be some nature that allows them to be and this nature must be constant.
6. An argument favoured by theologians (rejected by Buddhists): is it our atman/brahman nature that discovers and understands these laws?
I think it's our amorphous clump of aggregates
that witnesses and is confused about these "laws".
A seed sleeps in soil.
It's cold and alone, hopeless.
Until it blooms above.