Edit: Re-reading the OP, it seems that what I've said is completely tangential to the purpose of this thread, the only relation that stands it seems is in my contradiction of what you guys have been saying. To cut a long story short - I disagree with you.
Part of the reason I was induced to abandon the commentarial tradition was because I felt it was a scholastic attempt by puthujjanas to explain something they didn't understand. From my perspective I actually believe almost all meditation teachers in the world are puthujjanas teaching something they don't really understand. A file of blind men, to borrow a simile from the Buddha. As soon as you feel you understand something you stop trying to understand it, and thus if you don't really understand something but you think you do, you won't make any attempt to try and understand it.
As a putthujjana I have to ask myself who's advice should I follow, if indeed I want to find a way to the deathless? I'll follow the Buddha's and I'll accept his omniscience as a matter of faith. It cannot be otherwise, for it is upon the Buddha in which this whole idea of being a putthujana, or the capability of enlightenment is built. Where can I find the Buddha's message? The suttas seem to be the most likely candidate, without them Buddhism simply would not be here today. I feel they deserve more authority than they are in fact given. Having read a good deal of them, I feel confident that the message contained within is of the utmost importance.
I feel that the path to nibbana is a matter of contemplation of what is said in the suttas in relation to ones own direct experience of being. The more existentialism I read, the more I come to see the Buddha as an existentialist.
The traditional method with it's stages of insight knowledge and all that stuff (none of which the Buddha in the suttas speaks of) is a functional system laid out in a distinct and organized manner as a way to make sense and understand something that nobody understood.
That's what I believe anyway. Bound to be super-controversial and I would not be the least bit surprised if a few feelings are hurt, nor am I sure that my ramble is even relevant to the discussion here. But I'm going to say it anyway. Feels good to get it off my chest.
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on Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:13 pm, edited 5 times in total.
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -