Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist

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Re: Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist

Postby Nibbida » Tue May 04, 2010 3:50 pm

PeterB wrote:Whats wrong with certainty or views ? Batchelor has views. And he is cerain about what he finds unhelpful.
When did views become a bad thing...out side of certain interpretations of Zen ?


There's nothing wrong with certainty. The problem is with clinging to certainty.
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Re: Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist

Postby PeterB » Tue May 04, 2010 3:55 pm

I think the importance of clinging is overstated. We all cling to the degree that Insight has not arisen. Until then its just a question of what we cling to. If its money its more obvious. If its views its a bit less obvious. If its to the idea of not having views its even less obvious...but just as persistant. We often have views witha minus sign in front of them and think we dont have views.. :smile:
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Re: Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist

Postby Nibbida » Tue May 04, 2010 3:57 pm

Incidentally, here's Batchelor's take on it:

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Re: Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist

Postby Nibbida » Tue May 04, 2010 4:01 pm

PeterB wrote:I think the importance of clinging is overstated. We all cling to the degree that Insight has not arisen. Until then its just a question of what we cling to. If its money its more obvious. If its views its a bit less obvious. If its to the idea of not having views its even less obvious...but just as persistant. We often have views witha minus sign in front of them and think we dont have views.. :smile:


Yeah, that makes sense. It's like we would have to go on a constant cling hunt to see what subtle (or not-so-subtle) thing or idea we're clinging to at any given moment. I don't know how not to cling yet. All I could say maybe is that the death grip I had several years ago has loosened up a little. It's like all that clinging makes a "cramp" and when you loosen it, even just a little bit, there's a sense of relief.
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Re: Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist

Postby PeterB » Tue May 04, 2010 4:10 pm

Good for you..

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