Sunday, February 03, 2008

Why are there exactly five skandhas?

We come now to really interesting definitions stated in Abhidharma-Samuaccya. This initial question is why are there exactly five skandhas, and the follow-up postings will then go through the answer to this question.

ci'i phyr is the word why. phung po is -- as discussed earlier -- heap (skandha). rnams is the plural ending so we are dealing with skandhas.

lnga is number five. kho na is just or exactly. zhe na is another good expression to learn, it means 'if someone asks why', or 'if one says so.' If you listen to a commentary you might also hear this expression when the Tibetan teacher is teaching.

So next we will unravel this mystery.

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