The Heretic Sage: http://www.seeingthroughthenet.net/file ... c_sage.pdf
Yogananda (quoting Ñāṇananda) wrote:“Think of any kind of existence, and you will see that it depends on grasping. There is no ‘thing’ that exists on its own. Here again, I’m reminded of some-
thing Dr. W.S. Karunaratne said: ‘Existence has got to be relative; there is no
absolute existence.’ But the world thinks of unitary things existing on their own.
They ask, ‘why, even when I don’t look at this thing, doesn’t it continue existing’?
But really there is only a diṭṭha, a seen. There is only a suta, a heard. But the
moment we think of a seen ‘thing’, a heard ‘thing’, we are trapped. We create
things with maññanā, ideation.
“The problem with ‘things’ is solved in the Bāhiya Sutta: there are
only diṭṭha, suta, muta, viññāta, nothing else. That is the theme in the Kālakārāma
Sutta too. As long as one does maññanā about these, one would be deluded.”
Here we seem to have encountered a more thorough answer to my earlier
question about the ‘reality of things’, and it is quite clear that Bhante Ñāṇananda
has quite a different view from the standard Theravadin interpretation which is
closer to naïve realism. It is also opposed to Ven. Ñāṇavīra Thera’s explanations,
and readers who are familiar with Clearing the Pathwould notice that Bhante
Ñāṇananda’s interpretation is close to Sister Vajira’s earlier views. It is easy to see
why Bhante is sometimes accused of being aviññāṇavādin by those who are less
willing to consider the subtleties involved.