budo wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:43 pm
I will never know 100% for certain if my experiences align with the labels because I never met the Buddha, and unfortunately he's not here to evaluate me, therefore I can only rely on secondary sources.
I respectfully disagree. When these things are understood in our experience, they are understood beyond doubt. So whatever that understanding may be, it will either align with the suttas or it won't. Question is, what is the quality of the understanding? Are you evaluating experience as compared to a particular theory or model or are you directly seeing experience for how it is? That is where I think we all sell ourselves short in terms of goals of the practice - we assume it will only ever be an
understanding of the Dhamma. No, I do not believe that --- it will be the Dhamma, end of story. Full access.
If mindfulness is fully developed, then, "While doing [such and such], he knows, "I am doing [such and such]". There is no aligning immediate experience with a model or theory as an end
, there is direct knowing of what that experience is and the associated significance is based upon that direct knowing, not on how close two conceivings came to aligning (See MN1). Does that make sense?
If you get to the Dhamma you will be 100% certain and you will then be able to go back to the labels and retrofit your direct knowledge into the labels and decipher what the Buddha meant when he said the words and what the translators did to best fill the gaps in what they clearly did not know when they translated - what they did not know in terms of direct knowledge of Dhamma.
I am not saying, "Rely on yourself." What I am saying is aim for the possibility that you will one day be able to rely on yourself. Have that opening as a possibility or you'll never move past believing that you will never know 100% for certain and that you must rely on secondary sources.