Points of Controversy

10.1. Of Cessation

Controverted Point: That before five aggregates seeking rebirth have ceased, five operative aggregates arise.

Theravādin: Is there then a congeries of ten aggregates? Do ten aggregates arrive at actuality? If you deny, where is your proposition? If you assent, you must answer for two copies of each aggregate which is unorthodox.

The same argument holds if you maintain that only four operative aggregates may arise, substituting “nine” for “ten” i.e., five plus four.

And the same argument holds if you maintain that only operative insight arises, substituting “six” for “nine” i.e., five plus one.

Andhakas: When the five aggregates seeking rebirth cease, does the Path then arise?

Theravādin: Yes.

Andhakas: What! do the dead, does one who has ended his days, develop the Path?