What a debate!
Thanks for the link. You said
“This whole thread is starting to puzzle me. It seems clear that the translation of many technical points in the Suttas is only possible with a careful reading of commentaries and a lifetime of study.”
I wish to add that by practicing and experience oneself will find the answer. By the way I do not venerate books. For me it is not possible to understand anything in this world by only reading a book. To me it is the difference between a medical student and the practicing doctor.
I have read Narada’s Manual of Abhidhamma many times in conjunction with N.G.K Mendis “The Abhidhamma in Practice”. Though it is not easy to read I think every Buddhist should read them.
In regard to seventeen thought moment, I do not think that Buddha ever will teach something like that, as it is make the Dhamma even harder to understand. However I am not prepared to throw it out the window yet. When I was eleven years old I remember my brain was ticking very fast, when thought occurred to me. I never bother to count them because I thought it was normal!http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el322.htmlhttp://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/abhidhamma.pdf