Ñå~amoli Thera, The Path of Purification, Colombo, A. Semage, 1956 [translation of the Visuddhimagga by Bhadantåcariya Buddhaghosa] This book provides an explanation of the Buddha’s Teaching that satisfies the immature thinker, who, thinking that he understands what he does not understand, remains a puthujjana. Unless one first understands that, in spite of the Visuddhimagga, in spite of the Commentaries, in spite of all that is not Sutta, one does not understand the Buddha’s Teaching, no progress towards understanding the Buddha’s Teaching is possible. Anaññåte aññåtamån⁄ sunanto pi saddhammam abhabbo niyåmam okkamitum kusalesu dhammesu sammattam. (Anguttara Nikåya V,152: iii,175) Cf. also ibid. p. 107, §§ 4&5. Ñå~av⁄ra, 7 September 1960 Nowell-Smith, P.H., Ethics, London, Penguin Books, 1954 [Nevertheless, although a man cannot see or hear or in any way ‘witness’ his own seeing or hearing, he can observe his own listening; for ‘observe’ here means ‘attend to’. … This sort of observing is not analogous to seeing and is not infallible, and it therefore gives no support to the searchlight theory of introspection.] ‘not infallible’ u/l: How can you tell? [But this fact in no way weakens the logical thesis that, for a man to explain fully why he does something, he must at some point or other use a word with a pro- or con-force, even though his case may be so complicated that he has to make use of a whole hierarchy of expressions.]: Yes. [But they do not seem to have been mistaken in their basic assumptions that the language of obligation is intelligible only in connexion with the language of purpose and choice, that men choose to do what they do because they are what they are, and that moral theories which to attempt to exclude all considerations of human nature as it is do not even begin to be moral theories.] noted [his vicious condition is one to be remedied by education, medical treatment, psycho-analysis or whatever means the wit of man can devise; it does not call for moral condemnation.]: Certainly it does call for moral condemnation.
Published on Jun 26, 2013
Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...