TERMS OF REFERENCE
- A brief introduction on the Buddhist doctrine and defining the meaning of “khanda” as per the texts.
- Analysing the intention/concept of describing the “Five Aggregates” in the Buddhist doctrine.
- Analysing the functions of the “Five Aggregates” concerning the whole creation of the world. – construction of aggregates- construction of a self
– construction of an external
– construction of a sensation
- Analysing the manipulation of the “Five Aggregates” concerning the Nibbana. – manipulation through three characteristics
– manipulation through ten perceptions described in “girimananda sutta”.
The Buddhist philosophy emerged as a solution when people were identifying the problem of suffering such as death, illness and ageing. the enlightenment is nothing but the knowledge of the entire creation and that maturity of everything is led to the end of suffering. To achieve the supreme knowledge of the entire creation of the world, the Buddhist philosophy creates a tool that helps to study the true mechanism of the world. It is referred to as “khanda” in Pāli language, in this article, it is referred to as “Five Aggregates”.The word “khanda” referred to as bundles or piles of form, feeling, perception, fabrications, and consciousness that functioning in an array to create one unique result called “clinging- khanda” (Pancha-uphādhānakhanda). The functions of “clinging-khanda” described the creation of the world that will lead to the suffering and the manipulation or deconstruction of five aggregates lead to the end of suffering.
FUNCTIONS OF THE FIVE AGGREGATES
Five Aggregates are derived from 7 universal mental factors (sabbacitta-sadharana-caitisika) described in Abhidhamma texts. They are the skeleton of creation of the world, functioning with their 52 unique characteristics and 7 are common to any creation, and for easy analysis, 5 characteristics are taken out to explore as “Five Aggregates” in terms of their functions. [Figure 1.0]