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07 April 2014 - 12:49 PM

Does anyone know of a sutta that lays out specific causes and effects of kamma? as opposed to one that explains the general principles of kamma? 

Anatta (no-self)

17 February 2014 - 04:28 AM

double post*

Anatta (no-self)

17 February 2014 - 04:28 AM

Recently I have come to understand that "I" am not "my" will, or volition i.e. (the 4th khandha) though for a long time I had assumed I was. But when I realized in regards to "bad habbits" that "I" was not making the decision, that "I" was not wanting (because if "I" was I would obviously have not chosen to have a particular habit or craving, and if I had I could just drop it "at will"). It was weird to realize that I was not in control of the "will".


So this lead me to ponder "if I am not my will, if I can see my will as a separate thing, then what is this thing I call "I" to know the will is not me?". So since I knew I was not the "doer" and I was aware of this then I must be the "knower" of this or consciousness or the (5th khandha). 


But then it occurred to me that for a long time I just "knew" I was my "will" and since it became understood by me that I am not, then it seemed reasonable for me to conclude that I am also not my consciousness. Also who or what is aware that I have a consciousness?


So now to the question. If "I" am not my will (4th khandha) and not my consciousness (5th khandha) (nor any of the other khandhas) then who or what is this thing I call me that is aware that I am not these khandhas?