ESTABLISHING THE FIRST THREE TRUTHS
What i have discussed so far about wheels and repetitions, (The Middle Way, and The First Three Noble Truths) is all i needed to write as an introduction to panoramic sensing.
The following section of the site is intended only for people with an interest in Buddhism, especially a wish to study the Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutra.
In the following pages i need to discuss problems with the original texts.
The problem is demonstrated in the Conclusions where in different translations the same Pali word is given as will (with the implication of will-power), intention, and desire. Another Pali phrase is translated as "with attachment" or not; "with sensual desires" or not; with "a pleasant worldly feeling or a pleasant unworldly feeling" or "of the flesh or not of the flesh".
The orthodox Buddhist view is that the Hindu tradition had perfected the memorising of texts and thus the texts are accurately transmitted.
However, the texts were subject to several oral translations before they were committed to writing during the Fourth Buddhist Council in 29 B.C. (ref: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pāli_Canon).
To suppose the original meaning was sustained throughout these translations has more to do with faith than "investigation of reality".
Buddhism is a remarkably versatile religion, but i believe it has specific and very simple truths which have been clouded over with the years.
To fully appreciate this depth perspective of wheels in the meaning and sense of Dukkha, it is necessary to deconstruct the First Noble Truth where the meaning has already developed to 'suffering' with a list of examples of suffering like death, lamentation, wailing, misfortune, grief etc. etc. Suffering is only a small part of things not running smoothly, it is not the universal truth.
The broader view of Dukkha is confirmed and presents no problem in the Second and Third Truths, which are pure psychology and philosophy, and makes no mention of any worldly examples of suffering like death, lamentation, wailing, misfortune, grief etc. etc.
For me, the crucial point is finding people, who already know the texts, or who want to study them; who can think for themselves and check my ideas, and feel that this is "Right Understanding".
Beginners will not know the texts well enough to think critically, so i will have no authority. But then i suggest researching Wikipedia and a few Buddhist websites online, read some of the following appendices, and then see what you think for yourself ...
Orthodox Buddhists may have no interest, for good reason – they have been attracted to Buddhism, and it works for them, in its present form.
Please continue with Conclusions and The Fourth Noble Truth and The Eightfold Path
The Appendices continue with the Historical and practical development of the wheel
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