Thursday, February 07, 2008

Self as an Expression of Form

This is a somewhat longer sentence, but let's go through it. Look through the earlier postings to get more clues about the words used, as they are repeated in this listing of the five skandhas and the self appearance.

bdag gi gzhi is the self-base.

lus is body. yongs su is another good expression to learn: completely. Here I think these two reflects all physical objects, as lus could also be used for physical entities.

gzung ba here is perception (of objects), or the thing apprehended.

dang bcas pa is another good expression you will see a lot: together with, or accompanied by.

brjod pa is to express. dang is a particle that will bind this sentence with the other four parts that will come next.

If we put together all these separately translated parts, we could get something like: self as an expression of physical objects that are perceived.

Now, which skandha is this self-expression reflecting? There's a classical teaching trick where the someone is given enough clues, and with reflection and meditation it will become clear, as well as internalized.

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