“There is the not-born, not-become, not-made, not-constructed. If there was no not-born, not-become, not-made, not-constructed, then a departure from the born, the become, the made, the constructed could not be discerned.

“But because there is a not-born, not-become, not-made, not-constructed, then a departure from the born, the become, the made, the constructed is discerned.” (Udāna 82)
This essay is an attempt to draw out the meaning of the Buddha's teaching concerning the constructed (saṅkhata) and the unconstructed (saṅkhata) in the Buddha's teaching. It was the basis for Dharma Salon at the 2010 Dharma Gathering at Yarrahapinni, on the mid-north coast of NSW.