DNS wrote: ↑Thu Jul 08, 2021 7:25 pm
I thought you said no free will, but then in this paragraph you say "then a choice is made" which sounds like free-will or volition.
Yes, there is conditioning via DO, but there is also volition. I see it more as a sort of mix of determinism and free-will, not an either/or scenario in Buddhism.
Yes there appears to be choice, just as there appears separation, but ultimately, no separation and no choice, 'illusionary'.
Also due to, infinite regress, who made the first choice, who is to blame an aggressive person when raised aggressively?
Still teaching of right conduct can have good relative effects or even for practice, but it's also said all teaching, good and especially bad, have to be let go off by the Buddha.
Still there may be some room for mystery or not knowing on this, no ultimate free will, probably, sounds reasonable.
But who is to with absolute authority what this mechanism or life is, some free will, perhaps.
But, in any case, body is not ultimate self, so.. becomes a redundant question ultimately I think.