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Buddhadharma : Spring 2014
SPRING 2 0 1 4 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 83 state described as visankhara, “devoid of conditioning activities, devoid of the conditioned,” and as sabbasankhara- samatha, “the stilling of all conditioned phenomena.” Thus, when we put the word sankhara under our microscope, we can see com- pressed within it the entire worldview of the dhamma. The active sankharas comprising karmically active volitions perpetuate the sankharas of the five aggregates that constitute our being. We identify with the five aggregates because of ignorance, and we seek enjoyment in them because of craving. On account of ignorance and craving, we engage in volitional activities that build up future combinations of the five aggregates, which become our personal identities in successive lives. Just that is the nature of samsara: an unbroken procession of empty but efficient sankharas producing still other sankharas, rising up in fresh waves with each new birth, swelling to a crest, and then crashing down into old age, illness, and death. On and on it goes, shrouded in the del usion that we’re really in control, sustained by an ever-tantalizing, ever-receding hope of final satisfaction. When, however, we take up the prac- tice of the dhamma, we apply a brake to this relentless generation of sankha- ras. Through wisdom we remove igno- rance; through renunciation we remove craving. We see with wisdom the true nature of the sankharas as unstable, conditioned processes rolling on with no one in charge. We thereby switch off the engine driven by ignorance and craving, and in doing so, the process of karmic construction—the production of active sankharas—is effectively shut down. By putting an end to the construct- ing of conditioned reality, we open the door to what is ever-present but not constructed, not conditioned: the asankhata-dhatu, the unconditioned element. This is nibbana, the deathless, the stilling of volitional activities, final liberation from all conditionings and thus from impermanence and death. Therefore, our verse concludes: “The subsiding of sankharas is blissful!” Love by Chögyam Trungpa © Diana J. Mukpo, used with permission by Chögyam Trungpa © Diana J. Mukpo, SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. Own a Beautiful Archival Quality Print Choose from among our collection of dharma art. These prints are taken from the pages of the magazines and include works by well-known teachers, artists, and contributors, such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Chögyam Trungpa, and Kaz Tanahashi. Go to the Shambhala Sun Online Store at www.shambhalasun.com