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97674Cittas and cetasikas (was, Re: effort.)

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  • jonoabb
    May 1, 2009
      Hi Robert E

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      > My God, you are quick on the uptake. No sooner do I reply to a post [at 4 am in the morning having 'Buddhist Philosophy-based Insomnia'] than you send me a new one in the early morning of the next day.
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      Just trying to give you something useful to occupy yourself with during your insomnia ;-))

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      > Joking aside, I appreciate the exchange.
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      And me too ...

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      > I think the point that may be disputed is not whether cetasikas take the same object as citta, but the mechanics of how this occurs. I don't think it is Theravadin orthodoxy that a discrete citta arises for each experient that arises and that the cetasikas are aligned one at a time around a single quality such as hardness and that this is the level of experience that forms a dhamma. I think the way in which this is described is Abhidhamma orthodoxy, rather than for the whole of the Theravadin community. Some take this as doctrine and others not.
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      Without wanting to get into a debate as to what is or is not Theravadin orthodoxy, here's a passage from CMA on the relationship between citta and cetasika:

      Ch 11, Compendium of Mental Factors
      Par. 1

      The fifty-two states associated with consciousness that arise and cease together (with consciousness), that have the same object and base (as consciousness), are known as mental factors.

      Guide to #1:
      "That arise and cease together (with consciousness)":
      The first verse defines the mental factors by way of four characteristics that are common to them all:

      1) arising together with consciousness (ekuppaada)
      2) ceasing together with consciousness (ekanirodha)
      3) having the same object as consciousness (ekaalambana)
      4) having he same base as consciousness (ekavatthuka)

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      > > I have no idea as to the mechanics of the matter, as this is not explained in any of the texts I've read.
      > Well, that is interesting, in so detailed a teaching. That is too bad.
      > That is like saying that we know which pipes are connected in the plumbing but we have no idea how they get put together.
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      Whether that's a bad thing or not depends on the objective.

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      > > Investigation would have to begin, I think, by finding out what the texts have to say on the subject. There is simply no way that a matter as detailed as this (cetasikas arising together with the citta and thus simultaneously) could be investigated by direct experience.
      > Then how was it determined in the first place? I assume an arahant could directly experience this taking place and thus was able to write it down?
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      It is capable of verification by direct experience, but it requires panna of a sufficiently high level. Thus, not capable of investigation by the likes of you and me ;-)) is what I meant.

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