Reply To: About Visuddhimagga, Patisambhidamagga


1. It is a waste of time to try to sort out these issues. Buddhaghosa was a Vedic Brahmin in yellow robes (just like many bhikkhus today; they teach wrong concepts quite possibly unknowingly). He may have had “good intentions”. But most of the problems we have today, especially regarding meditations, are due to his Visuddhimagga.

2. It is better to spend time learning SOME of those ñañas than learning how to categorize them.
– Some are only accessible to a Buddha. We cannot cultivate them.

3. At some point, I may write a post on that categorization. But there are more urgent issues to address first. These include Paticca Samuppada, Tilakkhana, Anapanasati/Satipatthana, etc (that have become “distorted” due partly to Visuddhimagga.) Those are issues that I will be tackling in the new “Elephants in the Room” series.
– However, if someone knowledgeable can describe those nañas, that would be great.

Elephants in the Room