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But what about Theravada? Are there any similar ideas that Buddha put forth, about very different Dhamma paths for people, accounting for our varied stages of readiness?
Sort of; there are 40 different subjects for samatha meditation, and the meditator chooses based on his temperament. There are also different suggestions based on personality types, for example:
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I recall, but not well enough, some sutta? that mentioned at least 3 or 4 types, devotional, intellectual etc. But just discovered this Abhidhamma text, Puggala-pannatti
that is amazingly thorough.
https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/ti ... 1010181403
The heart of humanity is highly complex, so one can see why Buddha taught from so many angles.
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19
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