First you disparage the Dhamma, now the rest of the Triple Gem as well?
Peter -- I would be most grateful if you would tell me what you imagine the Dhamma to be.
The Dhamma of the Triple Gem is the teaching of the Buddha.
Then I would be grateful to know if imagining the Dhamma to be something is really the Dhamma.
It is where a Buddhist starts his investigation. The only way to know if the Dhamma (teachings of the Buddha as we've received them) is in fact the Dhamma (the way to end suffering) is to learn, read, hear the Dhamma and then investigate it.
But if one starts by disparaging learning, reading, and hearing then one doesn't even get started. And for what reason? Pride? Stubbornness? One would do well to ask themselves this question.
No disrespect intended to you or some imagined Dhamma, but I think that any position on what is or is not true is something that the Triple Gem encourages us all most persuasively to investigate right down to the root. Praise and blame just won't cut it.
Praise and blame is how the Buddha gets us started in the right direction. And by "us" I mean Buddhists. The Dhamma (teachings of the Buddha) is nothing other than "This is worth investigating; that isn't worth investigating."
thecap wrote:You seem to be replacing one extreme (attachment to goodness) with another extreme (aversion to praise-blame).
I have said something similar many times in the past.
One can say "This teaching is true and so bears no investigating."
One can say "This teaching may or may not be true and so bears no investigating."
Neither one is Buddhadhamma.
Buddhadhamma is investigating the words of the Buddha to see for oneself if they are true.