Reply To: Arahants and dukkha lakkhana


Living Arahants can experience only the “saririka vedana” in the physical body (like injuries, sicknesses, etc.) They do not experience “mental suffering.” 

  • One could think of  Sankhara dukkha, viparinama dukkha, and dukkha dukkha as dukkha vedana.
  • But they are also the CAUSES of future suffering. 
  • Arahants do not engage in those and also are not affected by them.

There are many ways to think about Sankhara dukkha, viparinama dukkha, and dukkha dukkha.

  • For example, when someone attaches to an arammana, they start doing sankhara with avijja. That leads to “heating the mind” while doing them and also leads to future suffering.
  • Whenever one is engaged in “avijja paccaya sankhara,” that moves them away from the “pabhassara mind.” That is going backward or “viparinama.” 
  • Whenever a mind attaches to a “disliked arammana,” that causes “heating or stress in mind.” But then they keep thinking about it and generate more “stressful thoughts,” and that leads to a second round of suffering based on the same arammana. P.S. The Buddha compared that to being pierced by a spear twice: “Salla Sutta (SN 36.6.)
  • I will write about those in upcoming posts. We can see various levels of suffering depending on how deep one goes!
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