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mikenz66 wrote:it seems clear that the story is not from a Sutta.
I prefer to think of it as a collection of experiences and analysis collected by practitioners over hundreds of years.
lojong1 wrote:mikenz66 wrote:it seems clear that the story is not from a Sutta.
How's that? Stylistically? Because the source is not referenced?
Regarding "the only way" there is the following account of a discussion that took place long ago.
The Elder Tipitaka Culla Naga said: "The Way of Mindfulness-arousing (as expounded in our Discourse) is the (mundane) preliminary part (of the Eightfold Way)."
His teacher the Elder Culla Summa said: "The Way is a mixed one (a way that is both mundane and supramundane)."
The pupil: "Reverend Sir, it is the preliminary part."
The teacher: "Friend, it is the mixed Way."
As the teacher was insistent, the pupil became silent. They went away without coming to a decision.
lojong1 wrote:I prefer to think of it as a collection of experiences and analysis collected by practitioners over hundreds of years.
Yeah like great family recipes! Grandpa B prophesied that Buddha-Dhamma would soon be owned by Monsanto. Can you imagine eating Mcwangler Burgers every day of the rains retreat--how would that affect meditation?
No disparagement, a man has to eat.
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