I was originally responding to your comment:nowheat wrote:Seems we get to play "point ping pong", Aloka, because if I missed your point being about "saving all sentient beings" it might be because that wasn't *my* point, and I thought you were addressing what I was saying, not something else.Aloka wrote: I think you missed my point, Linda. I don't think its about trying to save all sentient beings, that's a Mahayana concept.
and so I posted a couple of verses from 'Khaggavisana Sutta: A Rhinoceros' because (in my opinion) I don't think the Buddha's aim was to "save all beings" to use the Mahayana phrase.Nowheat wrote:The Buddha's methods don't seem to me to be aimed at liberating individuals so much as at reducing suffering in the world for all beings, liberated or not.
I've not read anything that says one can become an arahant just through metta practice.nowheat wrote:And yet, the Buddha points out that if one was constantly engaged in metta practice, one could not do things that would bring dukkha.
However, I don't think there's much point in us playing extended "point ping pong" (as you put it) because this is a rebirth thread which continually keeps getting way off topic, so that's all from me for now.