What is precept and practice clinging?

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What is precept and practice clinging?

Postby SarathW » Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:22 am

Can some one explain this?

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Re: What is precept and practice clinging?

Postby Ben » Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:02 am

Greetings,
Otherwise translated as clinging to rules and vows or clinging to rites and rituals.
Its the attachment some religious people have to particular rites and rituals believing that in practicing them, they are liberated.
Such as baptism, confirmation, confession, and last rites within the Catholic tradition.
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Re: What is precept and practice clinging?

Postby SarathW » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:54 am

Thanks Ben
Should this include clinging to Dhamma as well?
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Re: What is precept and practice clinging?

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:07 am

SarathW wrote:Thanks Ben
Should this include clinging to Dhamma as well?

Personally I would say no.
I liken it to superstitions like not walking under a ladder habitually with the thought that it is benefiscial, or other actions trying to get a desired aim which it has no guarantee or hope of achieving like bathing to purify kamma.
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: What is precept and practice clinging?

Postby Ben » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:56 am

Hi Sarath,
SarathW wrote:Thanks Ben
Should this include clinging to Dhamma as well?

The Dhamma, when properly practiced, reduces our tendency to cling. The Dhamma, when practiced, leads us from aversion, craving and ignorance.

However, sometimes we something like clinging to the Dhamma when we encounter people who are very attached to particular views regarding their interpretation of the Dhamma. We see that from time to time with some individuals who have such a deep attachment to their own interpretation of the Dhamma that they will not countenance a differing point of view.
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