if you read what I said in response to what you have said, the Mahayana texts are not actually representative of Buddhism "as a whole group" therefore not representative of Buddhism, particularly on a Theravadin forum, although they may be seen as authoritative & representative of Buddhism on Dharma Wheel, they would be at best secondary source in support of something rather than a primary source. nothing about dogma or over-reliance on scriptures, simply a fact of the situation here.Eccedustin wrote: The Buddha said: “As a net is made up of a series of ties, so everything in this world is connected by a series of ties. If anyone thinks that the mesh of a net is an independent, isolated thing, he is mistaken. It is called a net because it is made up of a series of interconnected meshes, and each mesh has its place and responsibility in relation to the other meshes.” (Gach, 2002)
This is a theravadin forum, but it is a Buddhist forum and the essence of Buddhism is truth. Not dogma or over-reliance upon scriptures.
Now, in what way have I described inter-connectedness that you disagree with on a factual basis? Have you ever heard of chaos theory? The butterfly effect?
I have heard of Chaos Theory & the Butterfuly effect, doesn't mean I understand them enough to equate everything is one, or all actions effect everything else.
what do you mean by factual basis? I ask due to the dogma comment, but...
this denies any responsibility for action in the present moment as it is predetermined by past events, and removes choice.Moreover, all that we are and do is a result of what has happened before us.
the present moment isn't influenced by kamma alone (as noted previously)
We are our environments and our environments are us.
Environment can be seen as one of these factors but it is not the only one.
all is not one, nor is it 100% removed, but certainly it is not 100% joined.We are the universe and the universe is us. There is no separation, and any separations made are illusory. My thoughts, feelings, actions, etc. are all influenced by the universe and the universe is influenced by me, resulting in a single entity or "thing".
it removes the identification not the differentiation, there are still beings; mountains, rivers, lakes. discernment does not go away, but that doesn't mean one does not treat others equally.The idea behind "No self" is to abandon the ideas of differentiation between "you" and everything else. We do become affected by our actions, but we also become affected by actions of other people.
To be honest what you have said looks very similar to some Nigantha theories refuted in the texts.(know known as Jainism, although I do not know how acurately they portray the Jains).