BlackBird wrote:IanAnd wrote:BlackBird wrote: Furthermore as far as the suttas are concerned, a faith follower - A Saddhanusari is one who has attained to the path but not the fruit of stream entry. Merely having strong faith in the Buddha does not necessitate the attainment of the path.
I do not disagree with this. But, can you not make the leap of association. . . ? Or is the mind still too hardened in its views and not yet pliant? (Once more, rhetorical questions, meant for reflection.)
Ah, well perhaps we do not disagree as much as I imagined when it comes to dependent co arising and indeed nama rupa. As to the latter point, such discussions could go further in private.
Not necessarily. It just depends upon whether one can accept a general definition of faith follower rather than an orthodox Theravadin definition. In other words, someone who follows something on sheer faith until he is able to do the work necessary for realization and direct corroboration. I had in mind a general definition rather than a "Buddhist" specific definition.
If you go back and read my comment in light of that, you may see that it was made in that spirit.