vinasp wrote: This sutta is talking about the cessation of "a world." But it does not use
those words, instead it speaks of the cessation of the six bases for contact.
Mahakotthita is, in effect, asking: What is there after the world ends?
But the "world" here is a product of mental fabrication. Do you see the problem?
vinasp wrote: So you understand "eye" as the actual physical eye, "ear" as the actual physical ear and so forth?
Are you satisfied with that understanding?
vinasp wrote:Hi Spiny,
"If, through revulsion towards the eye, through its fading away and cessation,
one is liberated by nonclinging, one can be called a bhikkhu who has attained
Nibbana in this very life." [Part of SN 35.155]
"Sister, the arahants maintain that when the eye exists there is pleasure
and pain, and when the eye does not exist there is no pleasure and pain."
[Repeat for ear, nose, tongue, body and mind.- Part of SN 35.133]
See MN 18. As Sn 4.14 points out, the root of the classifications and perceptions of objectification is the thought, "I am the thinker." This thought forms the motivation for the questions that Ven. Maha Kotthita is presenting here: the sense of "I am the thinker" can either fear or desire annihilation in the course of Unbinding. Both concerns get in the way of the abandoning of clinging, which is essential for the attainment of Unbinding, which is why the questions should not be asked.
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