whereas in fact many people (including yourself) have put forward explanations. You might be claiming that everybody else is wrong and only you are right, but that's a different claim.
I think this is at the root of the problem here.
The Buddha discovered everything that has to be learned about the “this world of 31 realms”. Each of us may not fully understand it (Some of you may not even believe in it).
- But it is not a good idea to put each person on the same footing. In order to make progress, one needs to see whose explanations are more compatible with the Tipitaka.
Those of us who have understood that vinnana is more than just consciousness know a lot more about Buddha’s “big picture”. That is not just a claim. It is a claim that can be verified by examining the facts. It can also be verified by experiencing the “true happiness” by following the instructions on how to do Anapana and Satipatthana meditations the correct way. The idea that breath meditation can provide a “long-lasting happiness” is a myth.
On the “theory side’, the only way is to see whose picture is compatible with ALL of the Tipitaka.
- I can and I have pointed out various inconsistencies with the idea that vinnana just means consciousness or awareness. Vinnana is much more than that. This is a core teaching that has a deep connection to Nibbana, the final goal of a Buddhist.
- If you are not willing to see this difference and reject all the evidence that we have put forth, then that is OK. It is up to each person to decide how one wants to move forward.
Even the Buddha was ridiculed in his first few years. But the truth ultimately prevails. We will see whose version of Buddha Dhamma will be prevailing in the coming years. The true Dhamma has been hidden for so many years. But it will not be possible to prevent it from coming back now. The wide and fee availability of information with the internet will assure that.
I have a suggestion that could make this determination a bit more easier for those who are genuinely interested in evaluating who is more on the “right side” per Buddha Dhamma:
- Among the bhikkhus today who communicate in English, Bhikkhu Bodhi comes closest to comprehending the deep Dhamma. I would recommend to read and listen to him. Furthermore, those who are not familiar with Abhidhamma, his book “Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma” will give an idea of how deep Buddha Dhamma is. However, even Bhikkhu Bodhi has not seen this deep meaning of vinnana. He also translates vinnana as just “consciousness”.
Anyway, I will just proceed with my explanation of sankhara and some related words in the next post. Those who are interested can read. Others can choose to disregard.