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Dutthatthaka Sutta

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Dutthatthaka Sutta

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue May 25, 2010 7:44 am

สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Dutthatthaka Sutta

Postby Richard » Wed May 26, 2010 12:46 pm

As many here will know, the most detailed account of all the entrenched positions from which people in the Buddha's time were disputing is in DN 1, the Brahmajala Sutta. Those of us who have studied Western philosophy are also well acquainted with how much ego and prejudice is involved in all the endless arguments, even among those who are "set on truth." But didn't the Buddha also engage in argument? Perhaps someone can describe what the difference was.

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Re: Dutthatthaka Sutta

Postby Agent » Thu May 27, 2010 1:34 pm

That's an interesting question. I think the difference may have a lot to do with, as you said, how much ego and prejudice is involved. In the case of the Buddha, that would not be his motivation for debate. Another factor may be that people usually come to him with questions, he doesn't go out looking to prove a point.
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