Dinsdale wrote: ↑
Thu May 17, 2018 8:29 am
Interesting point. Does this also apply to the five "physical" sense organs?
I am not sure if the five "physical" sense organs remain as a "thing" without the knowing faculty. Linguistically, they appear to have independent existence from the mind, but through first hand experience, there is no hearing, smelling, tasting ..etc without attention/intention.
For example, while i am typing this message to you, there are sounds/noises from the street nearby,. The sounds are audible, they are within the sphere of my ear consciousness, but unless i pay attention to them, i don't hear them. What is the criteria if i am hearing them or not? its my ability to recall them, so knowledge and memory seem to be one thing.
The above might bring us to some weird conclusions. Whenever i know that "i am experiencing" something, it means that its already gone.
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"
This was the last word of the Tathagata.