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Figured we'd just do a new chapter every Monday if that's alright with everyone? If I forget, feel free to start it!
I found it interesting in the commentary where he says "the satisfactions that come from being entangled in doctrines are inherently unstable." Which is true, of course, but I think a lot of people, including myself, really attach ourselves to doctrines that we have determined to be true. For some people that means via faith but in Buddhism via testing it out for ourselves. But I think in doing that, we still end up attached because we believe we have the proof that that doctrine is therefore valid.
I can imagine it well enough to get the gist of how freeing it could be to not be attached to any view. But boy that's a hard one in our current lay lives, in some ares at least. Can we exercise a belief (say Right Speech) without being attached to the idea? It seems once we start to practice that way, we view the world that way, which to me suggests attachment to the Eightfold Path.
I do think the suggestion of not entering disputes is a good one, and I think most people can do well to back off jumping into discussions (especially online). It's funny how we feel left out of something when we don't get to put our 2 cents in, even in a news article that has 2000 comments. As if anyone reads any of them, In my Tibetan tradition, debate over doctrine is a major part of how many monks learn, so I wonder what they'd think of this. It always seemed to me (Buddhism or otherwise) that true debate is a good way to learn, not just about the other side but about how deep your beliefs are seeded. I kind of got the feel from the passages like its suggesting we don't jump into anything we disagree with. I can understand that, but in terms of being part of a Sangha if you truly feel a member is way off, isn't it in everyone's best interest to try to help them correct that view? Or are we just supposed to not bother at all? It almost seems like disengaged TOO far wouldn't be a good thing, either. Or is it simply a matter of investigating our reasons for getting involved to ensure they are without conceit?
The last passage, "Embracing nothing, rejecting nothing, Right here, a person has shaken off every view." the wording struck me. We talk a lot here about attachment and aversion. Same thing. But to see attachment compared to embracing was interesting. I like to think of myself as not attached (not too badly anyways, lol) to my views, but I definitely embrace them and perhaps it really is the same thing.