tiltbillings did not wrote: an object of knowledge which is the goal, or is it sheer destruction of afflictions"?
To what extent do you see the path in terms of gnosis?
I would say it's both because they are both the same thing, not separate things. Ignorance about 5 aggregates causes clinging, clinging to 5 aggregates causes afflictions, with knowledge of things as really are, ignorance is removed thereby simultaneously destroying afflictions because without ignorance there can be no clinging.
Or something like that.