- Jun 1, 2003Hi Ken,
The Buddha very often gave exhortations using conventional terms:
- "Strive on with diligence"
- "Avoid evil, do good, purify the mind"
There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of similar examples in the
Suttas. I will do some checking, but I think that the Buddha even
used this type of language when talking to those who had already
attained the level of Sotapanna and had eliminated self-view.
Rob M :-)
--- In email@example.com, "kenhowardau"
> Dear RobM and Christine,future
> Rob wrote:
> > Examine the conditions that caused you to break a precept.
> > Make a mental note to watch out for those conditions in the
> > and try to avoid falling into the same pattern that led you to
> > a precept yesterday.
> Obviously, that is good advice but is it the best advice?
> There is no self who can learn from her mistakes and try
> harder in the future. But, thanks to the Buddha, there
> is a description of how mind states come and go by
> conditions. An understanding of that description, is
> the most potent condition for kusala states to arise now
> and in the future.
> Sorry to be nit-picking, but we must remember that the
> Middle Way is like no other:-)
> Kind regards,
> Ken H
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