Hey Retro,retrofuturist wrote:Greetings MMK23,
I'd rather not attempt to twist your understanding to match mine. No two people see the Pali literature alike.
Obviously I have failed to communicate throughout this thread -- my op made reference to using other peoples' thoughts as a mirror (mirrors I guess), so it's precisely because two people will have two different understandings that I sought the opinions of others. In the hope that the reflections of others would help me to reflect on myself. I have no desire to assimilate your view points or otherwise, but merely wanted to broaden my thinking through the insights of others. I'm sorry that I didn't make this clear, I was just interested in different opinions and especially in how people feel about the issues I raised in the OP, it seemed to me like you had thoughts about this. My background is academic, and the spirit of the practitioner-scholar community is one of sharing of similarities and differences and charitable criticism, I may have just overshot that here. Thanks for trying with me though