1. Without consciousness it is like a piece of rock: insentient, dead. If there were no skandhas even understanding there are no skandhas would be impossible, not to mention writing about that here.
i am suggesting that even consciousness is extinuished, replaced with emptiness. the extinction of normal nature. completely. emptiness takes over all previous functions. not a thing can be found. each skhanda is replaced by emptiness. even the body is no longer seemingly solid. or even there, and yet pain continues, and colds, toothaches etc.
2. Skandhas are not about recognising or not recognising a self. All the aggregates are originally without any self, nevertheless there is the delusion of conceiving a view of self. But as I said, without skandhas means one cannot even wipe one's arse.
it is because of the prescense of the skhandas that a self can be recognised, though it is not actually substantial in any way, merely a compounded agregation.
if it were not possible for something to become sunyatman... i would agree that the skandhas represented everything we can experience including physicality. but i am questioning whether or not the five skhandas can be dissolved without the appearance of death.
3. Who doesn't feel a self?
i dont feel a self of any kind, at one time a could isolate and feel my self within my heart. the aggregation of the five skhandas, now... nothing, no me, no mine.
even if i look at my hand, which is not easy! it is not mine. i have no feeling of mineness about anything.
we dont disagree that there is no self, that there is only the appearance of the skhandas which normally generate the intuition of a self. what i am saying is that the 'intuition' has completely gone, not only the self view/conceit.
thank you for recommending Candrakirti's work. i would like to take a look at that some time. i will see if i can find it on the net.
love, white lotus. x a seeming knowing can be an unknowing.
honey tasted leaves a scar in the mouth.
quickly healed but not forgotten.