garudha wrote:Guidance which might indoctrinate others, into the belief that there's a "mythical" correct way to approach intention, would be false and misleading. I think such talk is very dangerous and might hinder any possible arising of a very pure intention because the student had been conditioned to hold mistaken views about intention.
If that's true then virtually everyone from the Buddha, on down to present day practitioners, are conditioned into cultivating a mistaken view of 'right intention' in the noble eightfold path.
What I really want to say to the OP is; there's not really any right way to do anything. We all have the ability to awaken --and without books or teachings. Why? Because the truth lies within and was never lost.
This must mean the entirety of the noble eightfold path is irrelevant, because the means it prescribes for the cessation of ignorance, aggression, and craving is: right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.
You completely miss the point I'm trying to make.
The point is that we should find our own right view, not rely or be influenced by others, about what exactly is
right intention. If we didn't innately have the capacity to feel
right action; then do you really believe we'd be able to traverse the Noble Eightfold Path successfully? I mean; Do you really believe that we can simply take another person definition of morality and apply it to ourselves blindly? That's a complete joke to me.
On a very basic level; man is having a personal relationship with himself and therefore he must himself
judge his own actions. The alternative is that there is a "god" who's judging our actions from a moral perspective.
I believe in a single purity that is universal and all
sentient beings feel pain due to separation from this purity. Therefore. it's absolutely unnecessary, and it's contrived, to try and shape another person's definition that which
they already are - naturally - (and) in attunement with.
To me it's already very upsetting that someone sees Buddha as an external agency that might be "invoked" as a separate entity but for that person to then start getting mistaken views about intention is the nail in the coffin.
I will not accept that following a religion blindly is more valid than enquiring on the pure nature of the Buddha-self.