231[DhammaStudyGroup] Re: DSDG
- Mar 29, 2000Amara,
I mostly agree. In addition I would comment that the more understanding
there is of abhidhamma, the more one realises it's not about lists and
memorising but about seeing now, not self, vipaka citta, about hearing
etc...as you say, about citta, cetasika and rupa which can be experienced at
this moment. This is abhidhamma, and when we say we need an understanding
of abhidhamma in order to read the suttas or to understand them at least, it
is understanding the conditioned nature of the different realities we refer
to and understanding the difference between concepts and realities.
Thus, whenever I listen to k.Sujin, whatever realities she is discussing,
she is addressing abhidhamma very directly.
As you said in yr earlier message, it depends on accumulations what
questions arise or what theoretical knowledge is needed. Other factors such
as the cultural background or age will also affect what is aapropriate to
read or hear, but we've discussed that before.
I do howver think, that unlike some of those who had the good fortune to be
born at the time of the Buddha (so much accumulated wisdom from previous
lives), we all need to hear, read and consider A LOT!
>I agree completely. They might not seem to be addressing the abhidhamma
>directly, but what is the dhamma if not about realities, about our beings,
>about the world in which we live? K. S. is not only the greatest teacher I
>know of the abhidhamma, but she can relate that to the ralities of each
>moment of our lives in an unrefutable manner, for, as she says, what is
>there in the world right now but citta, cetasika and rupa? They will not
>only explain pali terms to you but teach you about life itself.
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