Manapa wrote:I don't think we should pick and choose, but we should Look and see and decide for ourselves.
those today who are of the sutta and vinaya inclination and don't use the commentaries seam to miss that the translations of these works have been done with the use of the Commentaries and not entirely based on the sutta evidence.
Yes, it's clear from reading footnotes that many Suttas would be difficult to translate without the Commentaries.
My particular point here is that passages such as
"And what is the right view that is without effluents, transcendent, a factor of the path? The discernment, the faculty of discernment, the strength of discernment, analysis of qualities as a factor for Awakening, the path factor of right view of one developing the noble path whose mind is noble, whose mind is free from effluents, who is fully possessed of the noble path. This is the right view that is without effluents, transcendent, a factor of the path.
appear to be referring to the Abhidhamma concepts of "path" as a supramundane citta. http://books.google.com.au/books?id=hxo ... Q#PPA28,M1