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Sankhara

Postby clw_uk » Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:27 pm

I dont know if this has already been brought up in a thread, i know it has been briefly mentioned in other topics but thought it would be good to discuss Sankhara on its own.


What is the meaning of Sankhara? Is it kammic formations or does it mean determinations, something which something else depends on?

Or

Are both meanings correct just for different contexts, e.g. i have seen sankhara in terms of paticcasamuppāda as meaning Kammic formations and when described outside of paticcasamuppāda it can mean determinations.

I have trouble understanding what is meant by Sankhara. All i can work out is that it seems to mean "that which is put together"
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Re: Sankhara

Postby Jechbi » Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:57 pm

might help. Very casually, I regard sankharas as my reactions that stem from ignorance.

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Re: Sankhara

Postby BubbaBuddhist » Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:38 pm

In terms of Abhidhamma, Sankharakkhandha are the fifty cetasikas which are not vedana or sanna. This may not be what you're looking for but what your question triggered in my Sankharakkhandha. :lol:
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Re: Sankhara

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:44 pm

Like dhamma, sankhara has several meanings, including the fourth khanda ("volitional formations") and "all conditioned things".

See the dictionay entry:
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Bud ... kh%C4%81ra

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Re: Sankhara

Postby clw_uk » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:02 pm

Thanks for the links friends


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Re: Sankhara

Postby Element » Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:36 pm

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Re: Sankhara

Postby clw_uk » Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:44 pm

Thank you Element that was quite detailed :smile:

I think i understand it better now, the interpretations ive only ever been able to come accross until now was the kamma formation explination but I found this troublesome as I dont take Paticca-samuppada to be three lives.

Thanks again

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Re: Sankhara

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Re: Sankhara

Postby Sylvester » Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:07 am

Hello Element

Hope you can help me with the "kaya sankhara".

Does MN 44 or any other sutta draw a distinction between kaya sankhara as an activity (ie breathing) and breath as the product of that activity? I note that the Commentary to MN 118, in explaining "sabba kaya patisamvedi", treats the kaya as breath, thereby implying a possible distinction between the breathing activity and the breath itself.

Many thanks in advance.

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Re: Sankhara

Postby Ben » Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:47 am

Hi Sylvester

Element is no longer with us.
Hopefully, someone more knowledgable than I can respond to the content of your post.
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Re: Sankhara

Postby Sylvester » Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:02 am

Many thanks, Ben.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Sankhara

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