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52 If we have difficulty in imagining nibbåna, that is because there is nothing to imagine: when we imagine, we always imagine something. 53 How often how misleading the Commentary is! 54 When doing vipassanå, it is of the greatest importance to keep the mind from straying beyond what is said in the Suttas, and into the Abhidhamma Pi†aka or the Commentaries. 55 You cannot disagree with the Buddha’s teaching, you can only shut your eyes. 56 The most wonderful thing in the world is silence. And how noisy thoughts are! 57 Dhammå = Ideas. This is the clue to much of the Buddha’s teaching. 58 [Saπkhårå = Formations (usually, will), form, what is formed (usually, the living being). Dhammå = (usually, correct) Ideas (of things).] 59 All formations are impermanent [A (correct) idea6 (of things)] All formations are suffering [A (correct) idea (of things)] All (correct) ideas (of things) are not-self [The conceit ‘I am’ does not arise when an idea is cognized (i.e. when a thing is thought of) correctly, or without ignorance.] 60 Even ‘things’ are merely ‘(our ideas of) things’; and that is why they are called ‘dhammå’. Sabbesu dhammesu sam¨hatesu, sam¨hatå vådapathå pi sabbe’ti. We can only speak of our thoughts. 61 ‘The Dhamma’ = ‘The Correct Idea of Things’ (and therefore a Teaching, a Rule, a Law). Dhammånupassanå = Contemplation of (correct) ideas (of things). And so on. But who will understand?

6.  Correct idea = idea correctly cognized = idea correctly associated with other ideas.


Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  
Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

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...