food for thought
does anatta know it is anatta, does anicca know its anicca, does dukkha know it is dukkha?
So who (the hell) then is it who knows that the five aggregates are anicca anatta and dukkha???
Who is the one that wants to get up in the morning or wants to sleep a bit more?
So do we take the approach of a mathematician, who hears the teaching of the Lord Buddha and then defines there is no self. (provocative: this seems to be the western approach to Buddhism) and suddenly there is no Self anymore, then there is only intention that creates kamma and there is action and there is speech. No one responsible any more (sometimes reading through the threads I have the feeling that people want to define their way out of samsara)?
Than Acharn Maha Bua hardly talks about self, only when he talks to monks he uses I did this, I practiced in this way, when he talks to laypeople, he uses We did this or that, or just refers to him as Luangta Maha Bua or even somtimes as youg lad Bua.
Sometimes he says, whatever we think we are, are the kilesas, whatever the kilesas are, we think we are. Once we get rid of the kilesas, we get rid of all the problems.
When he talks about the higher stages of practice, he uses the pure citta and the citta with kilesas. If we translate citta as mind, we are certainly in troubles
The pure citta, he translates as pure knowingness, and the citta with kilesas as the one who knows. Because the kilesas are the fangs of avijja, he also talks about avijja as the one who knows. Once it is gone, no more problems.
In Thai forest tradition it is always the kilesas who are the troublemakers, no matter how refined the kilesas are.
If you want to hear them talking you into things, then just sit in meditation concentrate on the breath or Buddho, they will come and convince you this is sound, this is this or that, you have to do it in this way, no better in this way, 24 hours of KBC (Kilesas Broadcast Company) They even make you believe that you had insights into this or that.
End of food and metta to all of you.