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> Dear Venerable Sirs,
> This is my first mail to the group since I joined long time ago. I
> am from Malaysia.
> As I was reading Gombrich's How Buddhism Began, I encounter this contradiction. But I am sure that Buddha's teachings are not really contradictory (blind faith?). So, maybe Venerable Sirs could clear my doubt.
> The Buddha talk about Right View (samma ditthi).
> However, in Sutta Nipata verse 787, 800, 882, the Buddha said or
> (more impersonally) the true sage, has no views.
> How do you explain this contradiction?
Perhaps, I am the one who has to give an answer to your question, simply
because Richard F. Gombrich, a professor of Sanskrit at Oxford University is
currently my supervisor.
Without venturing to read his mind, let me give my own answer to your question.
Having the right view necessarily means seeing things in within the framework
of the four noble truths: things have cause to appear and also to disappear;
things are by nature unsatisfactory if we intend to extract happiness from
them (it is thus dukkha); no permanent entity such as self to endure that
dukkha but dukkha itself is a process, which is impermanent; in brief, things
operate accordding to their own natures, not as we wish them to be; their nature is the three characteristics of life (anicca, dukkha and anatta)
This is the right view, and with this right view as our second nature, we are
not going to form opinion on things and live through them as if they are the
essence of our very being. (People who believe "I think therefore I am" is
living through opinions, perhaps which is his or others. When you see water
you do not need to think about it nor speculate about it. If you can taste
sugar, no need to speculate about its taste. Just like that we will be able to
live without having opinions as the centre of our thoughts and indeed of our
It matters no more if people say the world started from a big bang or was
created by a creator for both of the propositions are opinions. Our priority
will be putting off the elements that keep disturbing our mind. So only then
the end of dukkha becomes our urgent task for we are prepared to waste no more
time on trivial debate of opinions. So not forming opinion and not having
opinion. This is what it means "not having a view", which is in the sense of