White Lotus wrote:i am suggesting, but only suggesting that perhaps they can be dissolved and interaction with samsara continue without the five skhandas...
The skandhas are the realm of samsara. When you break down the wall of the skandhas, you simultaneously see through samsara. Actually, there is nothing here.
Does not the first sentence of the Heart Sutra state;
"When Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was practicing the profound Prajna Paramita, he illuminated the Five Skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed beyond all suffering and difficulty."
In the darkness of ignorance and negative awareness, there is the appearance of skandhas and suffering- the realm of samsara. When the light of Prajnaparamita is shined on them, they are all seen to be vast expanse.
i admit that to claim functioning outside the five skhandas sounds daft, unlikely and illogical, but i am wondering.
The skandhas are basically sentient beings' deluded consciousness. At the level of a Buddha this consciousness is transformed into wisdom. Wisdom as the essence nondually has compassion as its function.
One then truly functions to save all beings from suffering.