Hello Digger, all,
Here are some of mine ideas:
1 – There are many conflicting sects and paths that may have some small common thread but have huge differences explaining what Buddhism is and what path one should take. The Buddha himself would probably not even recognize some of these as having anything to do with his teaching.
There can be a different specific approaches to the same issue (cessation of all craving
2 – There are disagreements regarding the Pali texts; which are truly the words of the Buddha and which are later creations / corruptions / additions.
Often the disagreements are quite minor, and do not affect the overall practical message of letting go of all craving & ignorance.
So is the best that one can do is to hunt for what makes sense within yourself and state this as being “Buddhism as I understand it”, since it is so difficult to find what is really the original path?
IMHO, try to grasp the general message the whole point of the teaching, and follow that. Remember the 4NTs. Craving is the origin of dukkha, and cessation of craving is the cessation of dukkha. As I like to say "when you don't have any desire, undesirable things cannot possibly ever occur
Don't be lost among the details talking about various fine points of certain concepts.
The recent notes I've made to myself is this:
Whatever you are aware right now, let go of clinging. Do it every moment, every day, until you are fully Awakened. And even then, continue doing it for pleasant abiding in the here and now. The awareness can be of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, bodily feeling, thinking or intending. It can also be awareness of body, feelings, thoughts, volitions, and consciousness. Or it can be awareness of eye and forms, ear and sounds, nose and smells, tongue and tastes, body and tangible objects, mind and mental objects.
Keep practicing. It is better to overshoot the mark, then stop short and fall off the path by attaching to various phenomena that arise during the practing thinking that one is awakened. If one actually does become fully Awakened, one will not mind to continue practicing. The practice would actually be effortless and enjoyable.
The hard part of this practice is to actually do it, and not be distracted by the defilements . It is very boring for the defilements.
How one practices to drop clinging? Whatever occurs, perceive it in the category of (impermanent, unsatisfactory, not-Self). Example: "It will pass. Let go
Some other examples that may be used as needed in those circumstances are:
"inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a dissolution, an emptiness, not-self
. " (SN22.122)http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
, VsM XX,105
Just my ideas as to what the path is all about.