pilgrim wrote:Suttametta and SamKR. I think you both are discussing the prevention of arising of sankharas thorugh the reduction of Avijja. I'm not interested in that as it is clear enough that with the reduction of Avijja, there is less craving and aversion and hence sankharas will not be as deep as before.
I'm interested in the idea of past sankharas being eliminated through mindfulness. Ben, I'd appreciate if you could point me to the appropriate suttas.
Here we have very different understandings. Do you think mindfulness is not directly connected to reduction of both avijja and sankhara? What is the purpose of mindfulness and sampajanna if not reducing avijja and sankhara? They are all related and dependent on each other.
Actually during mindfulness what happens is: due to sampajanna (ie, due to no avijja) new sankharas are not created, while "old" sankharas are decayed during equanimous observation (ie, due to no craving). Thus both process must happen together: new are not created (no avijja --> no sankhara), and old is used up during arising of consciousness and feeling (sankhara --> vinnana --> vedana) - and thus leading to elimination of sankhara gradually.
And, for this no other sutta is needed as a support except suttas on dependent origination and Mahasatipatthana sutta.