Definitive and Provisional teachings

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Ratnagerald
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Definitive and Provisional teachings

Postby Ratnagerald » Fri May 31, 2013 2:39 pm

Hi,

The Mahayana teachings are sometimes classified as either "nitartha" (definitive) or "neyartha" (provisional). Whether a Sutra belongs to one or the other classification seems to depend on which school of Buddhism you follow.

I also recently came across the following Pali Sutta:

"Monks, these two slander the Tathagata. Which two? He who explains a discourse whose
meaning needs to be inferred as one whose meaning has already been fully drawn out.
And he who explains a discourse whose meaning has already been fully drawn out as one
whose meaning needs to be inferred. These are two who slander the Tathagata."
("Neyyatha Sutta: A Meaning to be Inferred" (AN 2.25),translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, 8 August 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html . Retrieved on 31 May 2013.)

What guidelines can we employ in order to avoid misinterpreting a Sutra?

Gassho,
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Re: Definitive and Provisional teachings

Postby dude » Fri May 31, 2013 6:06 pm

"What guidelines can we employ in order to avoid misinterpreting a Sutra?"

Look at the words of the sutras, not what this or that school says about the sutras.

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Re: Definitive and Provisional teachings

Postby lobster » Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:08 pm

What guidelines can we employ in order to avoid misinterpreting a Sutra?


Read from the Heart. :twothumbsup:


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