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Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma

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Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma

Postby clw_uk » Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:23 pm

The buddha said that one should ask questions about the dhamma and investigate it, but can you question and investigate the dhamma too much?

I bring this up due to the outcome of the Dependent Origination thread where i felt that some people thought certain users view of it was starting to go against the dhamma.
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Re: Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma

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Re: Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:27 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:43 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma

Postby kc2dpt » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:06 am

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Re: Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:11 am

Greetings Peter,

Well said.

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma

Postby clw_uk » Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:26 pm

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Re: Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:06 pm

I'm with Peter on this /\

And I believe that discussion, feedback, and context (when conducted in a meaningful manner) can help support practice and study but of course not replace them.


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Re: Questioning and Investigating the Dhamma

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:00 pm

Greetings Drolma,

Yes, the two are mutually beneficial. Theory helps with the practice, and practice helps with the theory.

Metta,
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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine


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