lyndon taylor wrote:...you can not have true awakening with out morality, sobriety etc.
All kusala is good and can help on the path. All aksuala is bad, and hinders the path.
What I am talking about here is the motivation for avoiding such misdeeds, ie. if it is done with kusala citta, and one automatically refrains from wrong speech, or refrains from intoxicants, etc., then that is excellent.
However... if there is silabbattarapamasa and the deed is motivated by akusala citta such as dosa-mula-citta (because we fear
not doing the "right thing", or fear
not being "good Buddhist" boys and girls, or even fear
a bad rebirth because of the deed, instead of, with detached wisdom, simply knowing that the deed is not worth it and is not part of the path because it is motivated by akusala-cittas itself), which not only arises with dosa (dislike), but also with moha (ignorance), ahirika (shamelessness), anottappa (recklessness) and uddhacca (restlessness), every single time, then that is not part
of the path... it is simply reinforcing akusala tendencies, in effect, creating samsara, building a new hut, etc.
This is a subtle distinction, understanding of which is imperative on the path, as silabbattarapamasa is one of the fetters
that binds us to samsara, and without understanding of which, there will be no gradual lessening of our defilements.
All the best,