mikenz66 wrote:Yes, like and dislike is not necessarily a good term. Perhaps preconceptions, or, to use a less perjorative term: "background".
Most of us try to fit the Dhamma into some known framework. For example, Ven Nanavira described it in terms of a particular (now oldfashioned) school of Philosopy. Some see it in terms of (their vision of) science (which is often a parody of real science, if you ask me...). Some in terms of historical enquiry.
Clearly we all bring our own preconceptions...
Yes, this is my point, this is normal.
Of course it can be problematic if we become rigid and attached to our preconceptions, so we should be aware of the framework of preconceptions we are starting with., but I think this is better than throwing out our preconceptions with the bathwater because we "found religion".
Over time our preconceptions will change as new learning is integrated, if we recognise that this is an evolving process I don't think the evolving ever need cease.