mikenz66 wrote:My question was whether you thought that the sutta you quoted had any bearing on the matter of realism. My reading would be no, based on the translations and commentaries I linked to above.
To the extent that one sides with either realism or idealism, is the extent to which one sides with "a polarity, that of existence & non-existence".
The Buddha exhorts that we should "not get involved with or appropriate these attachments, clingings, fixations of awareness, biases, or obsessions", because they are, as he goes to point out, merely products of paticcasamuppada.
Therefore, your question of whether I thought that SN 12.15 had any bearing on the matter of realism, it does to the extent that it makes clear that one should not get involved with it. Sujin-style Abhidhammic presentations certainly "get involved" with realism and allow it to become "clingings, fixations of awareness, biases, or obsessions".
The realism/idealism polarity extends to anything which one might potentially appropriate as self, I or mine... i.e. not just to the wholly realised perception of self as atman that underpins the self-views of eternalism/annihilationism, but of any constituent components (dhammas) that might potentially be aggregated together to compose that erroneous perception of self.
mikenz66 wrote:Therefore, I don't see why anyone should be upset if you label Bhikkhu Bodhi a philosophical realist, since it would hardly be grounds for criticising his understanding of the Dhamma.
Given that the sutta is about the extent to which there is Right View, and Bhikkhu Bodhi presents a philosophical realism that takes sides in the aforementioned polarity of existence/non-existence despite what the Buddha is actually endorsing, people may get upset about the implications of that and what is being said about his View (or as you call it, "his understanding of the Dhamma") when assessed via the Buddha's criteria for the extent to which there is Right View. (Further reading
: http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... %2C_Part_2