seeking the path
‘By these, the merit and the deed, may I in my next birth in Tåvatiµsa heaven delight in virtuous behaviour, not cleaving to the five delights of sense, but gaining the first fruit.’ If the Venerable Buddhaghosa aspires to become sotåpanna in his next life, it does not seem unreasonable to assume he was a worldling in this; and since he aspires to rebirth in Tåvatiµsa, it is quite possible that he had not even attained jhåna here. But this is not to say that his writings are not an authority on the Buddha’s teaching. They do not merely represent his own personal view, but the traditional view of the Mahåvihåra at Anurådhapura. This traditional view, though not infallible, must surely be allowed some credit. Since part of the material in Mr. Baptist’s original pamphlet is based on the Visuddhi Magga, presumably he, too, holds that book as to some degree authoritative. The rest of Mr. Baptist’s reply must take care of itself.
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...