ignobleone wrote:First, it's not about absolute certain. Absolute certain happens if and only if the Buddha is still alive and you hear it directly from him. Agree?
Then it is your opinion that Brasington does not understand the Dhamma as you understand it, being that the Buddha is not here to say one what or another if it what Brasingtn is saying is off-the-wall in terms of how he would actually teach it.
Hold on, I said "First", I'm not finish.
Second, if it's not about absolute certain, then what? Then, since absolute certain (direct Buddha's saying) is impossible, all the followers can do is to get the closest
to the absolute certain.
Third, this is where conviction comes in. To get the closest to the absolute certain, we use conviction in the Sangha (who preserved the Teaching, in the form of suttas, we trust their success in preserving.)
Finally, we can say from conviction in the Sangha we gain conviction in the Dhamma. Using the suttas is the manifestation of our conviction in the Dhamma which has been preserved by the Sangha.
LB said that the suttas is incomplete (while he missed something from the suttas), and the Sangha used their subjective measure for jhana practice (which means without using preserved instruction from the previous Sangha generation) in the jungle with no tv, no women. It shows his lack of conviction in the Dhamma and the Sangha.