Existential Ambiguity 5.1: Five Clinging-Aggregates

Wettimuny’s The Buddha’s Teaching and the Ambiguity of Existence is one of those rare and important books that everyone needs, if only they knew it. It builds a bridge between the most important thoughts and thinkers of the east and west: the Existentialists in the west, and the Buddha in the east. More importantly, it completes the task begun by the western thinkers, to bring humankind into maturity after a particularly difficult adolescence.

As the Root Sequence progresses, the concept of ‘I’ becomes more and more explicit, until finally the ego is displayed fully in the stage of enjoyment.

Existential Ambiguity 5.1: Five Clinging-Aggregates

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Dev Jacobsen

Musician, author and yogi, developer of Palingenics.

2 thoughts on “Existential Ambiguity 5.1: Five Clinging-Aggregates”

    1. Thanks for your comment, tiramit. This is actually an older series from 2013, when I was still trying to understand the Buddha’s teaching. I have moved way beyond this stage in my more recent work, from theory to realization. But one must get the theory right, or his realizations will be specious. One of my big concerns, and why I reposted these older series on this site, is that most people lack the background for actual realization of the Buddha’s teaching, which is so much more advanced than anything before or since. Demonstrating why the Buddha’s teaching is superior to other superficially similar teachings requires either comprehensive ontological analysis or actual practice of the original teaching of the Buddha without distortion. Ideally, the former should precede the latter. That is why I present the Buddha’s teaching from an analytical, ontological and existential point of view: not because I believe that knowledge is the same as realization, but because I have experienced that Right View is fundamental to success in the remainder of the Noble Eightfold Path.

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