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association

Post by form » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:44 pm

Does mental association has its place in Buddhist psychology?

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Re: association

Post by chownah » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:17 am

Can you explain a bit about what you mean when you write "mental association"?
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Re: association

Post by form » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:22 am

chownah wrote:Can you explain a bit about what you mean when you write "mental association"?
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Associa ... sychology)

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Re: association

Post by JohnK » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:25 pm

I have heard teachers characterize papanca (mental proliferation) as "getting on the train of association," and suggest that one stay on the train platform and know the trains as they go by, rather than getting on the train and ending up somewhere else completely, unaware of how you got there.

Edit: Another possible way to think of it is that grasping is "associated with" pleasant vedana, etc., etc.
So the continuous process of contact, vedana, grasping, etc. is a type of "association."
"Why is it, Master Kaccana, that ascetics fight with ascetics?"
"It is, brahmin, because of attachment to views, adherence to views, fixation on views, addiction to views, obsession with views, holding firmly to views that ascetics fight with ascetics" (AN 2: iv, 6, abridged).
Kindly eyes, not verbal daggers.

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