Hi Dhamma friends, I would like to ask some questions with regard to this teaching of the Buddha. Sorry if some of these may sound naive, but it’s just a way of formulating a ‘train of thought’ in order to get to an understanding. So here we go:
Feeling leads to craving but is feeling itself seen as neutral? What changes from feeling to craving so that it leads to clinging and suffering? The idea that there is a self?
And, in the act of craving one attaches the idea of self to feelings and perceptions?
So one needs to train the view that the feelings are not me, not mine, not my permanent essence?
If one succeeds then craving ceases?
But, are feelings not already loaded with judgments about their quality, i.e. to notice a feeling means already putting it into a category, such as happy, sad, etc.?
In the moment a feeling is identified, then a process of wanting or not-wanting kicks in. Is that the moment when the self is starting to crave?
So if we stop judging our feelings and accept them all as impermanent and not self, then we are on the right path?
So true. This is where faith and energy comes in I think. In this search for answers there seem to be a place we have mostly neglected to look. Right at the knowing, right at the feeling, right at the perceiving or right at the citta. Avijja seems to be right at the knowing.
Craving is wanting more of a pleasant feeling or wanting less of a painful feeling or ignoring a neutral feeling. “The underlying tendency for greed underlies pleasant feeling. The underlying tendency for repulsion underlies painful feeling. The underlying tendency for ignorance underlies neutral feeling. … –MN44
Yes as described in MN44: They regard feeling as self, self as having feeling, feeling in self, or self in feeling. They regard perception as self, self as having perception, perception in self, or self in perception.
Yes. They live without wishes in the present life, extinguished, cooled, experiencing bliss, having become holy in themselves. -DN33
Consciousness is one of the grasping aggregates, along with form, feeling, perception and choices.
Not quite. You’d be standing on the path.
Progress requires effort. There are the four efforts: The efforts to restrain, to give up, to develop, and to preserve.