Could someone edit this incorrect statement in Wiki?

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Could someone edit this incorrect statement in Wiki?

Postby manas » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:12 pm

I was reading through some philosophy on Wikipedia, and way down the page there is a modest-sized entry claiming to summarize the purpose of life from the Buddhist perspective. The very first sentence is plainly incorrect, and I know that one of the resident scholars here could easily rephrase this line using the 'edit' function, if they felt so inclined:

Buddhism
[edit] Early Buddhism

Buddhism is a nondual doctrine, in which subject, object, and action are all viewed as illusory.


from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_of_life

As I understand it, Buddhism is not 'non dual' as such. And while unenlightened beings are subject to delusion, that's not the same as saying that 'subject, object and action' are all 'illusory'. But as I said, although I perceive error here, I don't as yet have the depth of study behind me with with which to confidently frame an alternative statement for Wiki.

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Re: Could someone edit this incorrect statement in Wiki?

Postby daverupa » Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:40 am

...is it already changed?
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]

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Re: Could someone edit this incorrect statement in Wiki?

Postby Buckwheat » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:16 am

I looked at the edit history and:

(cur | prev) 23:19, 8 February 2012‎ 134.76.63.1 (talk)‎ (118,222 bytes) (→Early Buddhism: deleted wrong misleading statement (unreality of action etc.)) (undo)


Looks like somebody changed it.
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Re: Could someone edit this incorrect statement in Wiki?

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:58 am

Greetings,

Buddhism is a nondual doctrine, in which subject, object, and action are all viewed as illusory.

Right, wrong or misleading, it's hard to see the significance to the "meaning of life" anyway.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"When we transcend one level of truth, the new level becomes what is true for us. The previous one is now false. What one experiences may not be what is experienced by the world in general, but that may well be truer. (Ven. Nanananda)

“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

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Re: Could someone edit this incorrect statement in Wiki?

Postby Buckwheat » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:33 am

Retro,
You are right. It seems the most accurate entry would be that the Buddha told us not to waste time on this question. Is it worth editing Wikipedia to say as much, or is it better to leave it as it currently stands?
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