the threads have only shown that you did not have a correct understanding. But that’s all in the past anyway.PadmaVonSamba wrote: ↑Thu Mar 16, 2023 11:56 pmI can actually since the common phrase I hear is "you don't get it" which sounds like the religion has a communication problem. Though that's understandable since there is translation bugs and not everything cleanly moves over.Ardha wrote: ↑Thu Mar 16, 2023 9:21 pm
You encountered a teaching that you didn’t understand. Because you didn’t understand it, you experienced conflicts in the mind. This is basically the only thing has happened. When people try to explain it to you, you cling to your misunderstanding. Maybe that is delusional.
But both the teaching and the "correct understanding" of it have caused me pain, as my threads have shown. So I'm better off leaving it behind for now.
It’s true that certain English language translations fail to convey the meanings of some Buddhist concepts. For example, translating “sunyata” to “emptiness” is okay except that some people only think “emptiness” means a feeling inside that there is no reason for happiness. But that’s not what ‘sunyata’ means at all.
But it’s not the fault of the teachings, when a student doesn’t even try to understand the actual meanings.
And if a student misunderstands a Buddhist teaching given by one person, and many other people try to correct that student’s misunderstanding so it no longer causes stress,
but the student insists on holding on to that misunderstanding even if it causes them stress, that is not the fault of Buddhism. You yourself basically said that once an idea gets planted, you have trouble letting go of it. That’s not the fault of Buddhism either.
But I agree with you, at this time, it is unlikely that you can benefit very much from what the Dharma has to offer. So, good luck. I hope you find your way.