Re: [dsg] Real Experience of Abhidhamma Questions.
- Hi Howard,
Howard: "The bottom line is that until one really knows the facts and
has a genuine basis for confidence, doubt, in the sense of lack of
certainty, is sane and good! Some of the dumbest people in the world are
the most certain!"
Larry: I don't doubt it but it seems to me that there is a grasping in
both doubt and dogmatic certainty. I was thinking of doubt as habitual
skepticism but uncertainty applies too. Everyone who is certain thinks
they have a basis for certainty. One who is uncertain may want to gain
certainty, to be the best, invulnerable to attack of any kind. Or
perhaps the uncertain one may just stick his head in the sand and say "I
don't know". Neither approach is really open to the present moment.
Doubt can be banished by clear seeing but I wouldn't call that dogmatic
certainty. No doubt there will always be doubts but I'm trying to make a
case for not making doubt one's "vehicle".
- Hi Tep
Tep Sastri wrote:
> Dear Jonathan, -Well I don't share your pessimism ;-)). I'm sure we are closer in
> Thank you very much for having been patient and kind to me since the
> day I joined DSG.
> I think our main difference in the Dhamma understanding is
> about "practice". And that one most-important word neatly wraps up our
> long Dhamma discussion -- IMHANAO there is no hope that we'll ever
> change that.
understanding today than we were when you first joined DSG. And I have
every confidence that the gap will continue to narrow.
Thanks for your kind words. Always good talking to you.