Not the Same and Not Different

mediterranean-dining-tablesWe speak of a table as having a flat surface, legs, color, function, etc. —and yet, “table” is but the label we assign to the collection of the attributes of the table.

In the same way, we say that a person has a body, feelings, perceptions, volitions, and consciousness —and yet, “person” is only the label we assign to the collection of these aggregates.

We can conceive of a table with more or fewer legs, useless, or no longer extant, and we can conceive of a person lacking one or more aggregates. However, we cannot conceive of a table without at least some of its component parts, nor of a person lacking all five aggregates.

Just as the table is not the same and not different from its parts, a person is not the same and not different from the aggregates.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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One Response to Not the Same and Not Different

  1. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2014年08月21日 (週四) 7:49 PM 寫道﹕

    WordPress.com Tashi Nyima posted: “We speak of a table as having a flat surface, legs, color, function, etc. —and yet, “table” is but the label we assign to the collection of the attributes of the table. In the same way, we say that a person has a body, feelings, perceptions, volitions,”

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