It is not a matter of believing in oneself too much, whatever that is supposed to mean. The Dhamma, that liberates, is ehipassiko. The problem is, Alex, you have not addressed anything I have said. Basically, you are arguing for a literalist, fundamentalist reading of the suttas, not at all unlike the Xtian's reading of the Bible.Alex123 wrote:Sanghamitta wrote:I think that there is a huge irony here.
One of the characteristics of fundamentalism where ever it is found is that the faith of a fundamentalist is actually on shaky ground. They HAVE to take everything literally and at face value because they fear that the whole edifice of their faith will crumble otherwise. They are then defensive towards the views of any who take a less literalist approach...
Its a common phenomenon. Just slightly unusual in a Dhamma context until recently.
And on the other hand we have people who reject what they don't like or understand. Some think they know better than the Buddha. If someone thinks that they know, how will they learn from the Buddha?
Some people believe themselves too much.
The Buddha never demanded that we believe what cannot be directly known through our own experience.