Grigoris wrote: ↑Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:42 pm
You keep saying that over and again but: 1. You have not provided any proof of this. 2. You have not provided any proof of Mahayana supporting the idea of a "free agent". Mahayana Abhidharma is not that different to Theravada. Have you studied it?
Vasubandhu’s pudgala is the five skandhas (which exist) - not something non-existent.
The Path of Purification p. 233-235
It then gives six kinds of paññatti “according to the commentarial method but not
in the texts”:
(1) Concept of the existent (vijjamána-paññatti), which is the conceptualizing of (making known) a dhamma that is existent, actual, become, in the true and ultimate sense (e.g. aggregates, etc.).
(2) Concept of the non-existent, which is, for example, the conceptualizing of “female,” “male,” “persons,” etc., which are non-existent by that standard and are only established by means of current speech in the world; similarly “such impossibilities as concepts of a fifth truth or the other sectarians’ Atom, Primordial Essence, World Soul, and the like.”
(6) Concept of the non-existent based on the non-existent, e.g. “banker’s son,” both being non-existent.
Buddha Abhidhamma Ultimate Science
by Dr. Mehm Tin Mon
Six kinds of Sadda-pannatti
1 Vijjamàna-pannatti (real concept)
When a name is given to something which exists in reality, then that name is called ‘vijjamàna-pannatti’. All the names of the ultimate realities (paramatthas) belong to this class; eg., Råpa, citta, cetasika, vedanà, sannà, vitakka.
2 Avijjamàna-pannatti (unreal concept)
When a name is designated to something which does not exist in reality, then that name is called ‘avijjamàna-pannatti’. All the names of things which are not ultimate realities belong to this class; eg., Man, dog, house, school, hill, cave.
6 Avijjamànena-avijjamàna-pannatti (unreal and unreal concept) It is a sadda-pannatti which makes known a compound name formed by combining and unreal concept with an unreal concept. eg., Ràja-putta (king’s son), movie-actress, company-director, head-master.