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October 24, 2011

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The Zennist makes it out as if seeing Buddha-nature is the only way to destroy Khanda Mara, but the sutta he only partially quotes explains exactly how to attain Nibbana via viewing the khandhas "rightly".
Here's the full thing:
At Savatthı. Then the Venerable Radha approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and said to him: “Venerable sir, it is said, ‘Mara, Mara.’ In what way, venerable sir, might Mara be?”
“When there is form, Radha, there might be Mara, or the killer, or the one who is killed. Therefore, Radha, see form as Mara, see it as the killer, see it as the one who is killed. See it as a disease, as a tumour, as a dart, as misery, as real misery. Those who see it thus see rightly.
“When there is feeling … When there is perception … When there are volitional formations … When there is consciousness, Radha, there might be Mara, or the killer, or the one who is killed. Therefore, Radha, see consciousness as Mara, see it as the killer, see it as the one who is killed. See it as a disease, as a tumour, as a dart, as misery, as real misery. Those who see it thus see rightly.”
“What, venerable sir, is the purpose of seeing rightly?”
“The purpose of seeing rightly, Radha, is revulsion.”
“And what, venerable sir, is the purpose of revulsion?”
“The purpose of revulsion is dispassion.”
“And what, venerable sir, is the purpose of dispassion?”
“The purpose of dispassion is liberation.”
“And what, venerable sir, is the purpose of liberation?”
“The purpose of liberation is Nibbana.”
“And what, venerable sir, is the purpose of Nibbana?”
“You have gone beyond the range of questioning, Radha. You weren’t able to grasp the limit to questioning. For, Radha, the holy life is lived with Nibbana as its ground, Nibbana as its destination, Nibbana as its final goal.” source
Thus, it is easy to see that reaching Nibbana, in this case, has nothing to do with seeing Buddha-nature. It is predicated on 1) seeing the khandhas with revulsion and 2) thus developing dispassion toward the khandhas. This is obviously taught so as to dissuade Radha from clinging to the khandhas as being precious, as being self.
Buddhism 101: clinging leads to suffering; not-clinging leads to nirvana.


It's even more succinct just a few suttas later:
At Savatthı. Sitting to one side, the Venerable Radha said to the Blessed One: “Venerable sir, it would be good if the Blessed One would teach me the Dhamma in brief, so that, having heard the Dhamma from the Blessed One, I might dwell alone, withdrawn, diligent, ardent, and resolute.”
“Radha, you should abandon desire, you should abandon lust, you should abandon desire and lust, for whatever is Mara. And what, Radha, is Mara? Form is Mara. Feeling … Perception … Volitional formations … Consciousness is Mara. Seeing thus … He understands: ‘… there is no more for this state of being.’”

i got a macbook today open-box discount new model (now discontinued by apple) for $480. Only took 7 hours to fully learn the snow leopard OS. Had to buy it at that price. very impressive machine

Arghhh, now im drinking the zennist bloggers kool aid, what with being baptised by the Macbook and all the Ihole. ...er i mean ipod and iphone stuff im already addicted to. i count 9 apple devices in this room now. "ohhh no, the horror"

I have to conceed however that this macbook makes the best PC laptop look like a cat turd in comparison

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