SarathW wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:15 am
And, many are arguing to prove that their view is the correct one.
Dithi Upadana is one of the very strong clinging.
That is why Buddha did not want to teach.
However, he had the compassion.
We have to have a lot of compassion to teach without giving up on the person.
Buddha also had the advantage of starting anew. Nowadays, conflict of views are actually under the label "Buddhism". Eg.: Jhana needed, jhana not needed, etc. And, then even inside the jhana group, people argue about light jhanas, heavy jhanas, etc. I'm not surprise even if a realised being with compassion becoming reluctant to teach. However, I also believe that if a student is honest in his search of Dhamma, his good karma might even push him towards a suitable teacher.
From MN 104, Samagama Sutta:
“What do you think Ānanda? These things that I have taught you after directly knowing them. That is, the four foundations of mindfulness, the four right kinds of striving, the four bases for spiritual power, the five faculties, the five powers, the seven enlightenment factors, the Noble Eightfold Path. Do you see, Ānanda, even two bhikkhus who make differing assertions about these thing?”
“No, venerable sir, I do not see even two bhikkhus who make differing assertions about these things. But, venerable sir, there are people who live deferential towards The Buddha who might, when he has gone, create a dispute in the Sangha about livelihood and about the Pātimokkha. Such a dispute would be for the harm and unhappiness of many, for the loss, harm, and suffering of devas and humans.”
“A dispute about livelihood or about the Pātimokkha would be trifling, Ānanda. But should a dispute arise in the Sangha about the Path or the Way, such a dispute would be for the harm and unhappiness of many, for the loss, harm, and suffering of devas and humans.”
“Greater in battle than the man who would conquer a thousand-thousand men, is he who would conquer just one—himself.”