Dan74-MkII wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:57 am
I only read some of what you've written, so my apologies if I am off the mark.
You seem to be proposing that awakening can be made a purely rational exercise. But we are so much more than the rational faculty and ignorance and delusion permeate our entire being.
Not quite, I am trying to say that concepts can be rationally dissolved by explaining their nature. In other words; the understanding of the true nature of reality and the self can be put in words. If the words are understood, for which the Western mind needs logic, the words lose their meaning and the concepts dissolve. Ignorance is lifted by understanding, this is not only a logical understanding, but must also come from direct experience. Even more so, if one comes close to Nirvana, the clinging to form is dissolved, after which understanding can not be achieved through logic, but the process can still be explained.
Traditional methods, as you say, go against the grain and we encounter many obstacles. This process in and of itself is indispensable practice, as through encountering these obstacles, this resistance, we learn about our minds, train our minds and practice experientially. This is truly where practice is at - experience- mental and physical, emotional, sensual, on all levels of our being.
If practice is confined to rational understanding, it has little to no hope of truly penetrating to the marrow of our bones, of truly tranforming a sentient being into a Arahat.
I understand your point and I agree that a lot of the progress lies in practice. Traditional methods say that with practice comes understanding. I say, and experienced myself, that with understanding also comes practice.
Which ever way you choose, explanations and instructions are still necessary. Why do the sutta's have so many pages? The difference between my writings and the sutta's is that I approach the path from a logical point of view. In the writings I explain, on multiple occasions, that enlightenment is not an intellectual exercise but experiential knowledge. The internalization of the insight into reality is becoming aware by observing and acting upon it.
When someone from the West tries to understand the sutta's, one tries to understand it rationally or logically, because that is how the Western mind is conditioned. So instead of translating the sutta's into a logical instruction to put into practice yourself, after which understanding is cultivated, I already translated the path, and when it is understood, one will automatically put it into practice, as one will reflect upon it from his own experience.
I am only explaining the path to Nirvana; the realization of the true nature of reality. I am not going into what an Arahat is, therefore, my writings are not Theravada.
Many teachers warn of intellectual realisation being mistaken for the real deal. I am wondering if this is in fact what you have done?
Nirvana cannot be a purely intellectual realisation, as it is a complete transformation of consciousness. So, I don't really know what the many teachers are refering to, but a purely intellectual realisation is indeed not the real deal.
I will give a summary as to where the chapters lead to.
Chapter 1; insight into the 'I' as a separate entity from nature, and insight into the nature of emotions.
Chapter 2; insight into the mental construct of the 'I'.
Chapter 3; insight into the process of seperating the 'I' from an object.
Chapter 4; insight into the nature of thoughts
Chapter 5; insight into the nature of feelings
Chapter 6; insight into the nature of consciousness
Chapter 7; insight into the dependent arising of the universe
Chapter 8; insight into the dependent arising of life
Chapter 9; insight into the dependent arising of the body
Chapter 10; insight into the dependent arising of the self
Chapter 11; insight into the dependent arising of reality
Chapter 12; insight into emptiness of essence
Chapter 13; insight into the middle way
Chapter 14; insight into nothingness, which leads to Nirvana
After fully understanding chapter 12, which one will only achieve after having insight into the previous, one will leave form consciousness behind. Which is, in relation to the buddhist texts, achieved after the four Rupa Jhana's. Although not everything in chapter 7 - 11 has to be understood, to be able to grasp dependent arising. I just tried to be thorough.
After the full understanding of chapter 14, one will leave the formless consciousness behind. Which is, according to the buddhist texts, achieved after the four Arupa Jhana's, after which, one attains Nirvana.
But as I said earlier, one doesn't have to exlusively read my writings to progress, one can switch between reading the sutta's and my writings. The path is the same, so they also refer to the same thing. One can also ignore my writings.
Thanks for your reply!