Re: Helpful & Unhelpful Questions (4NT or Self-views)
- Sorry about the reference to non-existence in that post. Once when I had a severe bout of sloth and torpor I told a monk that I wanted to go to sleep and not wake up again. He smiled and replied "It doesn't happen like that." I wasn't suicidal because I wanted to keep breathing in my sleep!
--- In email@example.com, "antony272b2" <antony272b@...> wrote:
> This post is not so much a question or asking for help but some insights and sutta quotes I wanted to share.
> I've been struggling with unhelpful self-view questions such as "Surely samsara would be a better place overall for other beings if only I could attain a permanent state of non-existence?", "Is my karmic account balance too negative such that Nibbana is impossible for me?", "Will my rebirth after death be thumbs up or thumbs down?", "Will all of my experience refer back to an individual such that I will never get to witness much of the results of any generous actions?". Much of these questions give me excuses to be lazy.
> Here is a list of other unhelpful questions from the suttas, followed by helpful questions based on the Four Noble Truths:
> "Are bliss and pain, the self and the cosmos self-produced?"
> "...produced by another?"
> "...both self-produced and produced by another?"
> "...neither self-produced nor produced by another?"
> (Udana 6.6)
> "Is the agent who performs an act of kamma the same as the person experiencing the result?"
> "...someone else?"
> "...both the same person and someone else?"
> "...neither the same person nor someone else?"
> (sutta ref?)
> "Was I in the past?"
> "What was I in the past?"
> "How was I in the past?"
> "Shall I be in the future?"
> "What shall I be in the future?"
> "How shall I be in the future?"
> "Am I?"
> "What am I?"
> "How am I?"
> (Majjhima 2)
> Now I'm asking helpful questions free of self-view including:
> "Is this dukkha?"
> "Is this the origination of dukkha?"
> "Is this the cessation of dukkha?"
> "Is this the way leading to the cessation of dukkha?"
> (adapted from Majjhima 2)
> Thanks for listening. Happy Uposatha Day everyone!
> With metta / Antony.
- Hi Alex,
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "truth_aerator" <truth_aerator@...> wrote:
> >S: On right view bringing purity, see Nina's Sangiiti post # 111561.
> > "The commentary and Tiika explain the reasons. Pa~n~naa is the condition for all otehr kinds of kusala, it purifies from defilements and it gives brightness and pervasion. It illuminates the darkness of ignorance so that the truth of all realities can be realized. Pa~n~naa is one of the perfetions and through pa~n~naa all the other perfections are fulfilled. The perfections lead to the other shore, to nibbaana."
> > "The treasure of pa~n~naa is the best of all (sabbase.t.tha.m)."
>A: Are you saying that Arahant depends on panna?
> Does arahant cling to panna?
> Does Arahant hold panna "to be best of all"?
S: The arahat doesn't "depend on" or "cling to" anything. The arahat knows that pa~n~naa is the greatest treasure and that nothing else really matters in life except for its development. For the arahat, the job is done, there is no becoming, because pa~n~naa has eradicated all defilements.