(Lecture delivered by Master Sheng-yen on the Surangama Sutra, July 13, 1986.) Today's passage from the Sutra speaks about the five skandhas. Also known as the five aggregates, together they constitute what is commonly considered to be the self or ego. The five skandhas are form (Skt: rupa), sensation (vedana), perception or conception (sanjna), impulse, volition, or activation (samskara), and consciousness (vijnana). There are many lines in this passage and the Buddhas uses a number of analogies, but there is essentially one point.more