- Jun 2, 2003Hi RobM,
> The Buddha very often gave exhortations using-------
> conventional terms:
> - "Strive on with diligence"
> - "Avoid evil, do good, purify the mind"
I realise that your advice to Christine was meant to be
read in the light of anatta. It goes without saying that
you would never suggest there is a self who can 'try to
overcome akusala tendencies.'
What I am not clear about is the particular significance
you see in the Buddha's use of conventional terminology.
Are you suggesting that a conventional approach to
'striving with diligence' can have some efficacy in
attaining the Eight-fold Path?
That question is not meant to be patronising or
rhetorical -- there are dsg members who believe exactly
that. Some say that worldlings should not concern
themselves with anatta; it will become clear when the
final goal is reached.
On the other hand, there are members who remind us that
'striving with diligence' refers purely to cetasikas --
because in the Buddha's explanation of reality, there are
only namas and rupas.
Dare I suggest that your advice to Christine betrayed a
slight 'slipping back' into conventional ways? Were you
not momentarily forgetting that Christine, just
like 'chariot,' 'living being' was a mere designation?
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