Virgo wrote: Take the concept of "the world". Yours and my concept are different, very different. They are "shadows" of realities according to the Dispeller of Delusion.
If you are to reference such a text in a discussion such as this, you really need to quote the relevant passage, in the least as a matter of courtesy.
This is a conversation. I am not writing a persuasive essay about the topic, nor is this the world of academia. I shouldn't have to give quotes and citations for every little that thing I say. In discussion people say things in passing. I frankly don't have the time to leaf through books to see where the quote came from just to give a short reference. That could take a lot of time. If a person really wanted to know and asked, "hey, can you give a reference for that?", then that is another thing. I would have no problem getting a reference for them, even if it took a great deal of time. But that is not the case here. This isn't academia Tilt. I shouldn't have to give a reference for every little thing I say, so I have to disagree with you.
I hope you understand.
Edit: I looked any way for you Tilt. I am sorry. The quote came from the Abhidhamma Sangaha, not the Dispeller of Delusion. I don't have a copy of it in front of me, but in her Abhidhamma Series 4, my friend Nina Van Gorkom states:
"The “Abhidhammattha Sangaha��? a compendium of the Abhidhamma composed
in India at a later time, states that concepts are only shadows of
realities. When we watch T.V., we see projected images of people and
we know that through the eyesense only visible object is seen, no
people. Also when we look at the persons we meet, only colour is
experienced through the eyesense. In the ultimate sense there are no
people. Although they seem very real they are only shadows of what is
really there. The truth is different from what we always assumed.
What we take for a person are only nåmas and rúpas that arise and
fall away. So long as we have not realized the momentary arising and
falling away of nåma and rúpa we continue to believe in a lasting self."
She is an authority on Abhidhamma. So that should be sufficient.
Whatever an enemy might do to an enemy, or a foe to a foe, the ill-directed mind can do to you even worse.