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zan
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Life continuum

Post by zan » Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:07 pm

According to the Abhidhamma, when is the life continuum is present? Only when no other consciousnesses are arising? So between other consciousnesses and when sleeping?

Or is it present at all times beneath every and all consciousness except jhanic states and nibbana, path and fruition?
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Re: Life continuum

Post by robertk » Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:43 pm

your first option is correct.

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Re: Life continuum

Post by zan » Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:12 pm

robertk wrote:your first option is correct.
Oh, ok great that's simple enough! Thanks!

And then even when it's present is it constant or does it rise and fall in mind moments as well?
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Re: Life continuum

Post by robertk » Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:43 pm

it rises and falls instantly like every citta. Repeatedly taking the same object.
see :
http://www.vipassana.info/nina-abhi-12.htm

the rest of the book is vital reading too

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Re: Life continuum

Post by zan » Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:48 pm

robertk wrote:it rises and falls instantly like every citta. Repeately taking the same object
Thanks! Where is this explained? I found it in the Abhidhammattha Sangaha but didn't see the detail to explain these questions.
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Re: Life continuum

Post by robertk » Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:50 pm

see the book I just linked to in my last post.

also Survey of paramattha Dhammas

https://www.amazon.com/Survey-Paramatth ... 1897633211

available also for free download on the web

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Re: Life continuum

Post by zan » Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:10 pm

robertk wrote:see the book I just linked to in my last post.

also Survey of paramattha Dhammas

https://www.amazon.com/Survey-Paramatth ... 1897633211

available also for free download on the web
http://www.wisdomlib.org/buddhism/book/ ... c2212.html
Much appreciated. These are orthodox sources?
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Re: Life continuum

Post by robertk » Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:22 pm

i would say, as orthodox as it gets,
but let us know if you detect any discrepancies or modern ideas..

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Re: Life continuum

Post by zan » Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:18 pm

robertk wrote:i would say, as orthodox as it gets,
but let us know if you detect any discrepancies or modern ideas..
Will do. Thank you for your time!
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Re: Life continuum

Post by SarathW » Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:24 pm

I see the normal life continuum as a pulsating direct current.
Or like walking. Yo always have one foot touching the floor.
After every Citta it pulls back to Bhava Citta.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulsating_direct_current
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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