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Theravada and Prasangika

Postby Beautiful Breath » Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:13 pm


I shifted from the Gelug school in the Tibetan tradition to the Theravada for many reason not least being the wearisome bickering going on. Least said the better I guess......

However, I don't agree particularly with everything I read in the Abbhidhamma. My philosophical view is still that of the Prasangikas.

Do you perceive this as a problem if I am to pursue the Theravadin path?


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Re: Theravada and Prasangika

Postby convivium » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:17 pm

you could throw out abhidhamma altogether and not have a problem.
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Re: Theravada and Prasangika

Postby Coyote » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:27 pm

Apparently there is difference between Abhidhamma and the Abhidhamma commentarial interpretation. So in one view, it depends which you have a problem with.
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Re: Theravada and Prasangika

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:35 pm

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Theravada and Prasangika

Postby Nyorai » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:34 am

Abbhidhamma and Prasangikas are basically the same. It enlightened the details and breakdown of body and mind and its true emptiness. And for this lifetime to achieve remarkable result, practice Theravada and the ultimate goal to be realized in Pureland Amitabha. This would enable the Buddhism community as a whole in one supra progress and true achievement, and there will be no disharmony interpretation in sects differences. And setting your ultimate goal for pureland can be explained as in the term of relative and reality :group:
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