retrofuturist wrote:Speaking of complements, nibbana is asankhata, which means unformed.
Nibbana is asankhata (unconditioned) because it is the no longer being conditioned by greed, hatred, and delusion in our experiences and actions. That which is the destruction of greed, hatred and delusion is
-- S.N. IV 251 and IV 321
And we see:That which is the destruction of greed, hatred and delusion is
-- S.N. IV 359 and S.N. 362
Clearly nibbana and asankhata are equivalent terms, synonyms. Nibbana is asankhata, “unconditioned,” because one's experience and actions are not conditioned by hatred, greed and ignorance.
This is not quite correct. The first sentence in the Udana 80 - the "un" passage - reads in Pali: "Atthi [There is] ajatam [unborn], abhutam [unproduced], akatam, [unmade], asankhatam [unconditioned]."
It is important to note that ajatam, abhutam, etc are adjectives, not nouns. The noun of this sentence is implied. So we can ask, There is _what_? What is the implied noun? Nibbana, the experiential "state" of being free from the conditioning of greed, hatred, and delusion in one's experience and actions.
To rewrite: It's precisely that which makes our experience liable dukkha, which makes our experience free of dukkha... namely, being conditioned by greed, hatred, and delusion or being free from greed, hatred, and delusion.