tiltbillings wrote:The fact that Indians loved impossible numbers to make a point does not argue against the fact remarkably rapid change can, for one with a concentrated and mindful mind, be seen.
is not the same as discrete dhammas subject to momentary arising, subsistence, and dissolution.
So you claim, but have not shown. As for discrete dhammas, I cannot get too terribly excited about them one way or another, but I do find the idea of them interesting when considered in this light:
But when they are seen after resolving them by means of knowledge into these elements, they disintegrate like froth subjected to compression by the hand. They are mere states (dhamma) occurring due to conditions and void. In this way the characteristic of not-self becomes more evident” (Vism-mhþ 824). PoP pg 668.
As for the supposed "subsistence," like the supposed "duration" talked about in the suttas, it is all a matter of causes and conditions.
Mostly, I would say that the "disctete dhamma" business centers around the limitations of our physical perceptual apparatus when pushed to its limits. One gets into problems in taking these literally, but even when that mistake is made, it does not negate the truth of
"Of all those things that from a cause arise,
Tathagata the cause thereof has told;
And how they cease to be, that too he tells,
This is the doctrine of the Great Recluse." -- Cunda Sutta
tiltbillings wrote:The fact that a scholar of his high level has over a long period of time found that practice of value says something a bit more significant than reading von Rospatt.
I'd suggest that it's far better to base one's practice on what is taught in the suttas.
The mindfulness practice that Ven Nanananda does and teaches is certainly not out of accords with the suttas. Anyway, whose interpretation of the suttas? Yours?
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.
There is freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning. If there were not this freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning, then escape from that which is birth, becoming, making, conditioning, would not be known here. -- Ud 80
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.