what is Dissolution (Bhanga) ?

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what is Dissolution (Bhanga) ?

Postby maverick » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:00 am

I have been practicing Vipassana (S.N Goenka) for few years, but I am not sure If I experienced Dissolution yet :).
I know its hard to describe these kind of things with words, but still I want someone to who experienced it to explain it for me to satisfy my curious mind :) Can any help ?.

Dose different person experience it in a different way ?
Are there any sutta's that describe the quality a person develops once he experience Dissolution ?
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Re: what is Dissolution (Bhanga) ?

Postby Monkey Mind » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:15 am

maverick wrote:Dose different person experience it in a different way ?

Yes. There is some discussion here:
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: what is Dissolution (Bhanga) ?

Postby Ben » Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:04 am

Hi Maverick

My advice, as a long-time student of SN Goenka, is not to worry about it. There is a tendency among some students to chase certain experiences which is not the point of practice. Any craving for this or that attainment becomes a barrier for its attainment. Concentrate on observing whatever arises as it arises. I haven't seen Bhangha-nana in the suttas but it is described in Vism and, to my knowledge, in the Abhidhamma (see Bhikkhu Bodhi's Comprehensive Manual of the Abhdihamma). Also see Mahasi Sayadaw's 'progress of insight'.
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Re: what is Dissolution (Bhanga) ?

Postby Nibbida » Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:51 am

Here's a short talk on it:

And an interview with a student who is experiencing it:

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