I'd just like to chuck one out of left field here. I'd like to rock the boat, to stir the pot up, to muddy the water so that I can appreciate what clarity means
We seem to ask a lot of pretty specific questions about the Dhamma. Somewhat akin to "What happens if X meets Y on a particular occasion where Z is present under the influence of W."
It's had me thinking for a while, I've been posting on Dhamma boards for a couple'a years now, and largely I have arrived at this conclusion:
- I have amounted a lot of intelectual understanding.
- It won't put an end to anything.
When I was staying at the Monastery in Wellington, Ajahn Tiradhammo was showing me some weeds he thought could be removed. I spaded one out, and said: "These plants, they're just home to the devas, never alive to begin with?"
Ajahn Ti just laughed and said: "Well, one thing's for sure, they're dead now!"
Everytime I did this, I'd get that kind of response. Ajahn had a wonderful sense of humor. But it taught me something on a deeper level. Not every question asked deserves an answer, not every question asked deserves your precious breath in speaking.
We talk about the Dhamma being there to be realised for ones self, but much of what I see and experience on Dhamma-boards seems to be concerned with clarifying scholastic knowledge - Often pretty trivial things. I think there is a tedency in myself, and others who visit these Dhamma-boards on the internet. A tendency to crave after knowledge. It gives a fleeting pleasure
, which then reinforces the desire for more knowledge.
But this kind of knowledge is superficial.
Scholars still suffer.
This is pot calling the kettle black to the extreme. It's a beautiful contradiction, which I fully accept.
A word from a recovering INFO-holic:
It's not what you know, but how you know it.