If you mean "Intellect" or "mental formations," then you are right with
respect to some schools of Buddhism. To others, "Intellect" or '"mental
formations," are more like heaps or collections, and the "personality
aggregate" is more like a specialization - your "unique motivations" - not
the whole of "intellect." It can be argued that the personality aggregate
is more like how and why you become attached to things; why you are driven
to concoct curtain mental formations and not others; why you find pleasure
in pain (if you are masochistic), and pain in pleasure if you are a sadist.
You ask: "How can a "Knower" be unknowing?" Knowers don't know all. They
are not infinite in knowing. Isn't there a knower in you? And if so, how
come your knower does not know every thing? There are microscopic beings
all over your skin, yet you are unaware of them. Here we have a knower
Furthermore it is the normal every day self that depends on its aggregates,
what ever the number.
I agree knowledge of absence of knowing is different than having no
knowledge. And that when you pass out, totally unconscious, you don't see
You don't see anything.
You should read one of the Lion's Roar Suttras. They are attacks against
"false" accusations, totally unphilosophical, more about not being the kind
of person that would . (e.g., immorality). They talk nothing about the 4
frames of references, 5 aggregates, 6 sense spheres...
That is why I said the Lion's Roar Suttras presented plenty ego-based
The way you presented the "stream" of Buddhas is the same way some Hindus
define the essence of a group of beings.
] On Behalf Of Alex
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 1:17
Subject: [dsg] Re: Anatta of "Self" and the World
--- In dhammastudygroup@ <mailto:dhammastudygroup%40yahoogroups.com>
yahoogroups.com, "Charles DaCosta"
> Dear Alex
> The 6th aggregate is called the personality aggregate, your
This is sankhara skandha. One of the 5 aggregates.