- Jun 3, 2003Hi Rob M,
I am very fortunate to have you and other Abhidhamma
teachers so close at hand. Studying it on my own would
be next to impossible.
Some of the your explanations in this post, did not sink
in. They prompted me to do some reading on decisive
support condition (upanissaya-paccaya): The result:
mental blank :-)
What helps me more than anything else, is to be
continually reminded of; the present moment, nama and
rupa, and anatta. My gratitude for these reminders,
makes me only too keen to do the same for others. At some
of our local discussion meetings, one good friend of mine
has been known to storm out of the room!
In my opinion, for what it's worth, the best thing you
can do as an Abhidhamma teacher is to impress anatta on
your students at every opportunity. What use is a
knowledge of the Dhamma if there is the belief in a self
who has it?
Even more insidious: What use is a 'practice' of the
Dhamma if there is a belief in a self who is practising?
> From the Bhumija Sutta (MN126), it is clear that goodresults come from proper practice, not good intentions.
Does it make any difference if "proper practice" happened
to be partially motivated (i.e. "decisive support
condition") by akusala? I don't think so. >
> When in the "exhorting mode", I don't think that theBuddha was concerned about propogating a wrong view of
self who can change things. When the monks followed
the Buddha's exhortations and went to meditate, the monks
would recognize the Dhamma through direct experience. >
I'm not sure what to make of the above. The time to
practise is here and now -- there can be no other time
[for anything]. If there are akusala motives here and
now, then that's my world -- akusala.
--- In email@example.com, "robmoult" <rob.moult@j...>
> Hi Ken H,
> I believe that the Buddha's approach of using a mixture of
> conventional and absolute terms to be extremely important. When the
> Buddha was in His "analysis mode", He used absolute terms. When the
> Buddha was in His "exhorting mode", He used conventional terms.
> Why did I volunteer to teach an Abhidhamma class each Sunday
> morning? I must admit that there was
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