Re: dhammavicaya leads to nihilism?
- A valid point. The Buddha did not praise every kind of meditation.
The purpose of investigating the body/mind process is to remove
attachment and self-view. We must learn when to apply it, and when
To overcome aversion and callous indifference, we should practise
loving-kindness meditation, not insight meditation.
To overcome lust and greed we should contemplate the repulsiveness of
the body and the loathsome of food.
In brief, the five facilties of faith, energy, mindfulness,
concentration, and wisdom must be kept in balance. The wisdom
faculty, of which dhammavicaya is one aspect, should be balanced with
faith or confidence. Energy or effort must be balanced with
concentration or tranquillity. Mindfulness does not need to be
balanced with anything. Any amount of mindfulness is good - the more
the better. It is mindfulness that will alert us when one of the
other factors is getting out of balance.
Are we getting too critical and aloof due to excess of wisdom? Then
we need to develop loving-kindness or genuine equanimity (not
indifference). People often criticise the Buddha (and monks) for
being indifferent to the suffering of others. Why don't we do more to
help others? Equanimity must be exercised when we are unable to help.
If we interfere and try to help where it is not wanted, people will
resent it. I am always doing that.