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By Paul Fuller

The proposal of 'view' or 'opinion' (ditthi) as a disadvantage to 'seeing issues as they're' is a vital suggestion in Buddhist idea. This booklet considers the 2 ways that the idea of perspectives are typically understood. Are we to appreciate right-view as a correction of wrong-views (the competition realizing) or is the purpose of the Buddhist direction the overcoming of all perspectives, even right-view (the no-views understanding)? the writer argues that neither technique is true. as an alternative he means that the early texts don't realize right-view as a correction of wrong-view, yet as a indifferent order of seeing, totally different from the perspective of retaining to any view, right or wrong.

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There is no cessation of dukkha. The Dhammasa ga i uses the phrase ‘nonaccomplishment in view’ (di hi-vipatti) to refer to the view of nihilism and ‘accomplishment in view’ (di hi-sampadā) to refer to the opposite view, the rightview which affirms that ‘there is what is given’, etc. 16 This right-view shall be referred to as ‘the view of affirmation’ (atthika-di hi). 18 Holding that actions have consequences has an effect on the mind of the one who holds this view. Buddhaghosa explains why it is better to have the view of affirmation than the view of nihilism, which may be summarised: accomplishment in view is opposed to attachment to view.

The verse, infrequent in the Nikāyas, is then slightly ambiguous. ’57 It is said that by resolving (adhimuccamāno) in this way a bhikkhu can cut the lower fetters, a reference to eradication of the five lower fetters that signifies one is an anāgāmin, a non-returner. 58 It is said that there are two possible outcomes for the bhikkhu practising according to this view. The first outcome is that the bhikkhu will attain equanimity. However, the bhikkhu may become attached to and dependent upon that equanimity.

Four] men with the bier as a fifth take up 16 THE CONTENT OF WRONG-VIEW the corpse, the funeral orations last as far as the burning ground, his bones are a dull white, his offerings end in ashes. They are fools who teach alms-giving. The doctrine of affirmation (atthika-vāda) is empty and false banter. 12 Three versions of this formula are found: the first is this one from the Sāmaññaphala-sutta (D I 47–86) at D I 55 where the view is attributed to Ajita Kesakambalī. 14 In the Vibha ga classification this is the ‘wrong-view that has ten bases’ (dasavatthukā micchā-di hi), also simply called ‘wrong-view’(micchādi hi).

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