there is nothing to annihilate, hence you must continueZom wrote: Again, I ask: what annihilates?
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nothing can be annihilatedZom wrote: If there is nothing to annihilate, why you are afraid of it?
I will take the opportunity to simply thank yourself, Sam Vara, and everyone else who has commented thus far. I now realize, I don't really understand this as yet. 'Further study is needed', as the saying goes, anyway thank you for the links.mikenz66 wrote: ↑Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:30 pmIt's also discussed in detail in Bhikkhu Nanananda's work: https://seeingthroughthenet.net/books/Sam Vara wrote: ↑Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:42 pmHave you read this?
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... index.html
It's a lengthy essay on that particular idea. There is also an extended treatment of it in Gombrich's "What the Buddha Thought".
Particularly "Nibbana the Mind Stilled".
In "Questions & Answers on Dhamma" he notes:“If the fire ‘goes out’ some think you should be able to go
and locate where it is. Some scholars in the West also follow the
same Hindu way where they think when the fire goes out it stays
in some ineffable state. When it comes to such points of absurdity
the Buddha had to correct them. ...
“It would be better for the uninstructed run-of-the-mill person to hold to the body composed of the four great elements, rather than the mind, as the self. Why is that? Because this body composed of the four great elements is seen standing for a year, two years, three, four, five, ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, a hundred years or more. But what’s called ‘mind,’ ‘intellect,’ or ‘consciousness’ by day and by night arises as one thing and ceases as another." - SN 12:61 (excerpt)
You're welcome. It's an interesting and difficult topic, and it is worth exploring a range of opinions.
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