SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra VI

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The 5 Conditions (or Skandhas, or Aggregates) create our false sense of a permanent, substantial "self":

Form (Rupa) - The aggregate of form corresponds to what we would call material or physical factors. It includes the material objects that surround us in the world. This also includes our physical bodies and the five physical sense organs and the corresponding physical objects of the sense organs. These are the eyes and visible objects, the ears and sound, the nose and smell, the tongue and taste, and the skin and tangible objects.

Sensation (Vedanā) - sensing an object as either pleasant or unpleasant or neutral via the senses;

Perception, Cognition (Samjñā) - the subjecting of pain/pleasure/neutral perceptions to further conceptualizations whereby cognition of patterns takes place, such as color, shape, motion, etc., which leads to the cognition of objects;

Mental Formations (Samskāra) - all types of mental habits, thoughts, ideas, opinions, compulsions, and decisions triggered by an object. These are also the karmic latencies which predispose us to perceive or react in certain ways;

Consciousness (Vijñāna) - It is "bifurcative" consciousness, because it splits the world into a duality of experiencer (self) and experience (other).


A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/,
In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/
Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,
And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/
O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/, Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/; Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ emp/ti/ness/, emp/ti/ness/ pre/cise/ly/ form/.


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