binocular wrote: Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
3. vitakko vicāro adhimokkho
vīriyaṃ pīti chando cāti cha ime cetasikā pakiṇṇakā nāma.
The lack of any permanent self does not prevent us making both wise and unwise decisions.
Why are you bringing self-views into this discussion?
Someone asked who chooses, so I answered the question. Using conventional terms such as I, me, or you, does not bring any self-view into the discussion.
binocular wrote:I never asked "What decides?" -- but you bring it up.
You're not the only one posting in this thread.
binocular wrote:Why direct our focus in ways that, as far as the suttas seem to go, is misleading?
I am directing everyone to use conventional terms wherever appropriate, without clinging to views of a permanent, really existent self.
binocular wrote:And since you're a monk, your words weigh a million times more than that of an ordinary poster.
I would not make that claim, but yes, a senior monk's words should be given more careful consideration than those of an average person who has not spent most of his life studying the teachings and practising meditation.
binocular wrote:What you're saying seems to be mixing up items from several different stages of the gradual path.
The words are actually the Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw's from the link that I provided,
or at least a translation of his words. His teachings should also be given very careful consideration. Something may be lost in translation, or by taking words out of their context, but if the Sayādaw's words seem to be incorrect, we should make a careful inquiry before dismissing them. After all, he was chosen from among all the monks in Burma to be the Chief Questioner at the Sixth Buddhist Council due to his great learning and practical insight.
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