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b. Sabbe dhammå anattåti includes all mind and matter, in order positively to exclude attå.β
23 Logic flattens the Dhamma as a map-maker flattens the world. 24 As a globe represents the world, so the Suttas represent the Dhamma; and as a flat map is true only in the centre, so a logical view is true only of that Sutta (or part of it) upon which it is centred. 25 By seeing that all things are anattå one realizes nibbåna, which is none of these things. 26 One soon discovers what one had learned to expect, that having read the Suttas there is no fresh wisdom to be found in other books. 27 Attå is desirable but a myth; anattå is the unhappy fact; and nibbåna is the escape from suffering—neither unhappy nor a myth. 28 The world is void of attå, but nibbåna is void of anattå. 29 ‘He who needs others is for ever shackled; he who is needed by others is for ever sad.’ —Chuang Tzu XX b. (tr. Waley, 3 Ways of Thought, p. 63) 30 It is your understanding that matters, so do not quarrel with others if they disagree with you. 31 The Abhidhamma Pi†aka perverts the understanding. 32 If the Suttas are not the Buddha’s Teaching, then I am not a Buddhist. 33 The Commentaries are sometimes right—sometimes. 34 You do not wish to be misunderstood? Then keep your mouth shut. 35 You do not mind being misunderstood? That is progress indeed. 36 A Bodhisatta progresses by trial and error. At last he hits upon the right answer, and tries it, and becomes a Buddha. (Corollary. A Bodhisatta is not infallible.)
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...