Name and form
- Dear Venerable Sirs,
Kindly explain to me as simply as possible what is "name and form"
in the twelve links of dependent origination. Is it is possible in
normal consciousness for the "name and form" link to be missing? Is
it exists, what would such a state feel like? Is it a
wholesome/progressive state or an unwholesome state?
Thanks in advance.
- --- In SanghaOnline@yahoogroups.com, "Bhikkhu Pesala" <pesala@a...>
>Dear Venerable Sir,
> What is matter, never mind!
> What is mind, no matter!
I do not understand this reply. Perhaps it is a cryptic answer to a
cryptic question. The truth is I have been experiencing altered
states of mind periodically over the past years, (but I do not take
intoxicants) . Sometimes, it feels like most/all intelectuality is
gone and what's left is a vacuity, or that the naming function in the
mind is gone or very slowed down. Or that reality is dissolving away.
Is there a way to work with such states in meditation? (These states
occur in normal waking hours).I am but a beginning meditator and in
truth I would like to deal with these states better because of
Do such states have significance in a religious sense? Is it good or
bad karma? If it is good or bad karma, what is the cause in this life
or previous lives? Or are they signs of a mind gone awry, an
exhausted mind, for I also have periods of depression and racing
Perhaps, with this information and self-disclosure, the Venerable can
give me a clearer answer.
May all sentient beings be well and happy.