Paññāsikhara wrote:christopher::: wrote:
The dhamma needs practicing, not defending, in situations like this.
It is not so much a case of "defending", but a case of correctly explaining what the Bhagavan taught.
If we do not do this, and fail to maintain the teachings in the face of wrong views, even correct understanding of the Dhamma will soon be lost.
Then, what shall we even practice?
Separating understanding of right view from "practice" fails to notice that understanding right view is part of the practice.
"This the the truth of the path, it is to be practiced" (Dhammacakka sutta).
That understanding come from hearing teachings about right view, and discussing it with others. This also includes seeing the differences between right view and wrong view. So, I think that the OPs question is a good one.
Hello, Venerable. But even among Buddhists there is disagreement about these issues. See for example the discussion here: One Dharma: Joseph Goldstein's Perspective. Goldstein describes the very different conceptions held by Theravadin and Mahayana Buddhists concerning the fundamental nature of the mind. Yes, it's good to discuss and explain, but there doesn't seem to be one agreed upon "right view." The conclusion Goldstein reached about this was to maintain an "I just don't know" attitude about certain beliefs/conceptions, and focus instead on method and practice.
Sanghamitta wrote:That isnt exactly the point I was trying to make Christopher. A) We can only practice properly when we have some understanding of the underlying basis of the teaching, and B) Not all religious views are equal. The point I was making is that we should understand and practice our own Dhamma, life is too short to correct wrong views when held by practitioners of others religions. Lets concentrate on our own Views and see if they are Right.