The Four Paramattha Dhammas - Nama and Rupa I
There are two kinds of reality: mental phenomena (nāma) and physical phenomena (rūpa). Nāma experiences something; rūpa does not experience anything. What we take for 'self' are only nāma and rūpa which arise and fall away.

The Visuddhimagga (Path of Purification chapter XVIII, 25) explains:

For this has been said:

'As with the assembly of parts.

The word "chariot" is countenanced,

So, When the khandhas  are present,

'A being' is said in common usage'

   (Kindred Sayings I, 135)

 

... So in many hundred suttas there is only mentality-materiality which is

illustrated, not a being, not a person. Therefore, just as when the component

parts (of a chariot) such as axles,wheels,frame,poles... are arranged in a

certain way, there comes to be the mere conventional term 'chariot', yet in

the ultimate sense, when each part is examined, there is no chariot, ... so

too, when there are the five khandhas of clinging there comes to be the mere

conventional term `a being', `a person', yet in the ultimate sense, when each

component is examined, there is no being as a basis for the assumption 'I am'

or 'I'; in the ultimate sense there is only mentality-materiality. The vision of

one who sees in this way is called correct vision.


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