Tuesday, January 8, 2013

PadaParama personality



Is current popular Theravada Buddhism focused on PadaParama personality?

In the Abhidhamma Piṭaka Ugghaṭitaññū (intelligence/learning knowledge) Sutta (AN. ii. 135) defines 4 personalities:

1. ugghaṭitaññū - quick in acquiring by penetration of the Dhamma
2. vipañcitaññū - one who learns by means of a detailed exposition
3. neyya - gradual penetration of Dhamma by means of recitation, questioning, serving, etc
4. padaparama - one for whom the letter alone is the highest thing

PadaParama personality may hear and speak and bear in mind or recite for whom penetration of the Dhamma will not come in this life time.

With respect, this reminds me the humble comment of [Fake Genius].
"without references, i'm just ignorant." is to be letter alone is the highest thing and not just reference.

'PadaParama' personality is commonly used at catholic (universal) education system and 'neyya' personality is appreciated at PhD research level.

This question does not suggest to make false statements by declaring explicit or evident meanings (nītattha) in of which is implicit, or has to be inferred from Dhamma (neyyattha).

The question suggests to go beyond 'conventional truth' (vohāra-sacca) in popular Buddhism, with an open mind to penetrate into paramattha(ultimate)-dhammā.

Could you please present your analytical opinion of current popular Buddhism (Theravada school in particular)?

Additional Details

[Been There] comment:
' Setting imprints helps ensure that we will be exposed to the the dharma in our next life ...
Enlightenment is apparently not a "this-lifetime" sort of thing.'

@Fake Genius,
I agree that people can have all 4 personalities at the same time.
PadaParama personality cannot penetrate Dhamma in it's life time.

@PD Poole,
Interesting to notice that many vipassana meditation centers focus on kasina bhavana, a form of Samatha technique (popular with Hinduism) in order to develop intuition thinking to achieve worldly Jhanas.
Does Buddhism use Samatha meditation to discipline the mind, in order to support vipassana meditation (logical thinking) or do you comment differently?


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