Dear Alex, all,
A: Sankhara-dukkha: It is hard to maintain a body and to make a living.
Tam B: Did a Buddha need to appear for this to be known?
A: Or more subtly, even most peaceful state of consciousness is not 100% peaceful. Total cessation of ALL consciousness and all aggregates is the most peaceful (peaceful as lack of all disturbance). It is NOT felt peace which does contain degree of very subtle agitation.
Tam B: What is the most peaceful state of consciousness? How do you know it is not 100% peaceful? What are aggregates? Aren't they not dhammas?
What contains subtle agitation?
A: Dear Tam, IMHO you are making an issue out of non-issue. There is no evidence that early suttas or the Buddha ever taught about paramattha dhammas. It is scholastic development which Indians really loved.
Tam B: Well, in the suttas, the Buddha talked abundantly about the five aggregates, the twelve ayatanas, the sense bases, the element of consciousness etc....These are all paramatha dhammas, to be known and understood as they are, now. Their characteristics have never changed.
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