Post by beeblebrox: Tue May 24, 2011 3:19 pm : Nibbāna is the end of greed (desire, lust or passion), hatred (anger, ill-will, aversion, or even boredom), and delusion (ignorance, confusion... and the wasting of time.)
That is all well and good, but how do you think one gets there? BTW Right-view is not a waste of time
The habit to prop up the false from the real is the entire point of anatta
; one cannot arbitrarily remove it from the processes of contemplative work and gain the result of freedom. This is the reason I have responded as I have on this point.
Post by beeblebrox: When a person is free of those (i.e., he is unbound), he is then free to do all of the good things which needs to be done. Really. (Another reason why it's not nihilism to let these things go.) He's no longer wrapped up with anything of these that are fruitless.
Sure, when the task is done
, one does not hold to the illusion mistakenly grasped onto with habits of 'I-making, mine-making...' etc.
Post by beeblebrox: As for this so-called "Buddha Nature" (to keep it on-topic)... I only view that as something that is free of greed, hatred and delusion. I don't care what some Mahayanists (or even an army of them) or some Theravadins have to say about it.
And as to the topic, you can view
it any way you like. But this is the reason buddha-nature
as a concept has been accused of the danger of making this same mistaken error; that it implies (only for Theravāda, if you rather), of an intrinsic, unchanging quality of awakening (or nibbāna,buddha, arahant – whatever
) potential. Self-view (or sakkāya, ‘I am’ or whatever you prefer since atta
bothers you so much) is the core habit which makes the pathway to dukkha
, as we know its behavior embarking on this path as taṇhā, maññati, anuparivatti or whatever - with conditions.
by beeblebrox: If they (Theravāda et al) view a "self" in it... then that's their fetter. My practice have nothing to do with that.
Fetter? For Theravāda to have nothing to do with it at all
is my position.
Fingers walk the darkness down
Mind is on the midnight
Gather up the gold you've found
You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’Secure your own mask before assisting others
. – NORTHWEST AIRLINES (Pre-Flight Instruction)A Handful of Leaves