vinasp wrote:Hi everyone,
Why is there no sutta which explains what 'all formations' actually are?
It is because they cannot explain what awakening actually is.
I disagree. As far as I am concerned, I think it is clearly expressed in Suttas.
Dhp 278:"All formations are dukkha.
When one sees thus with wisdom, one turns away from dukkha. This is the path to purification."
What is dukkha?
First Noble Truth DN22: "...in short, the five clinging-aggregates are dukkha."
In SN56.11 the Buddha explains that he attained awakening with the complete realization of the four noble truths.
It all comes down to dukkha and nothing else.
MN22: "Both, monks, formerly and now it is just dukkha which I make known and the cessation of dukkha."
Of course, one not having penetrated to the for noble truths, not having understood, known and realized them and all their implications, one will be confused, entangled with the diversity perceived in the world, seeing anything but dukkha.
I'm sure the Buddha had no interest in naming every thing in particular that could qualify to be counted under "fabrications" and it is not important to know it.
What is important is to see and understand dukkha and this can be seen in any formation.
I guess my answer will not be satisfying for those who do not want to look for dukkha but for more detailed designations. I felt however the need to explain why I disagree with your statement.
best wishes, acinteyyo