SamKR wrote:My question is: when there is no such direct experience of rapid arising and falling away, how can it be be said that cittas are in reality arising and passing away with such rapidity?
Isn't the currently ongoing actual experience (whatever it is -- whether changing very slowly or rapidly) the only reality of the moment? How can there be any "real" experience that exists beyond experience?
Isn't the assumption that "in the background there always are rapidly arising and falling dhammas with such rapidity" just a false assumption without the actual base of direct experience?
I just started watching these Abhidhamma lectures by Prof. Karunadasa recorded at the International Buddhist College (IBC):
Some quotes (video/sound quality, my english and understanding of philosophy aren't that great, so there might be mistakes):
one way to look at the development of the buddhist thought:
1) hinayana abhidharma systematization: realism
2) madhyamaka: emptiness
3) yogacara: idealism
"if we say that the five kinds of objects exist, that is realism, whether we experience them or not"
"abhidhamma recognizes the reality of the external world, therefore abhidhamma is realism"
"abhidhamma says dhammas are real"
"madhyamaka says dhammas are not real, they are empty"
"according to yogacara only mind is real, we call it idealism"
"early buddhism is more empirical, abhidhamma is more rational"
"abhidhamma is an attempt to explain what the buddha taught within a rationalist framework"
"when early buddhism says things are impermanent you can observe impermanence"
"in the abhidhamma such characteristics as impermanence, suffering, they are applied not to things, but to the dhammas, the ultimate elements into which the world is analyzed, we can not see them"
"can be realized only at the level of high meditation"
"according to abhidhamma, dhammas are impermanent, but we can't observe that, it's based on rationalism"
So abhidhamma is rational realism? The existence of "dhammas beyond experience" is usually inferred, but there's a chance that abhidhamma is based on the experiences of advanced meditators? Or something like that?