Don't be put off the Dhamma by anatta!

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
pulga
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Re: Don't be put off the Dhamma by anatta!

Postby pulga » Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:00 pm

chownah wrote:Pulga,
It seems that the Buddha taught the Noble Eight Fold Path to puthujjana.....it would seem very odd for the Buddha to teach the Path to people who could not follow it.....I guess.....
chownah


You've brought up an interesting point. The Buddha put forth his teaching, and every now and then as it did for Kondañña in the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta the Dhammacakkhu arises in the listener (the sávaka) and he comes to understand what the Buddha is teaching. There is of course mundane Right View that the Buddha taught that puthujjanas were quite capable of understanding, but it's an aspect of the teaching that many of us find unsatisfying -- and it does ripen in renewed becoming; i.e. it is liberating in a very circuitous way.

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Re: Don't be put off the Dhamma by anatta!

Postby manas » Sun May 01, 2011 9:16 am

JackV wrote:Manasikara, thank you for this link. It always helps to re-read and go over issues and reaffirm subjects even if we are confident that we understand them fully.

Blessings


I just came back to DW after a few days and I see so many replies...and I am especially pleased that you found the link useful. It precipitated quite a shift in focus for me. From time to time when doubts arise (and mine can be quite the 'demons of doubt'), I resolve my mind back to 'am I asking the right question? would knowing the answer be conducive to my own benefit, or that of others?' etc. That often sorts it out right there.
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

(SN 22.97)


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