In SN 47.42: Samudaya Sutta
, the Buddha teaches the following... Manasikārasamudayā dhammānaṃ samudayo
manasikāranirodhā dhammānaṃ atthaṅgamo
"With the arising of attentiveness there is the arising of dhammas
With the cessation of attentiveness there is the cessation of dhammas"
Thus, there are no sankhata dhammas existing outside of present awareness, because once awareness leaves, the dhamma ceases.
1. Do you agree with this conclusion?
2. Whether you do or do not, what implication does this extract from the Sutta Pitaka have on our task of mental cultivation? (i.e. what should we do, what should we stop doing, what should we do differently, which assumptions or views should we revisit?)