Reply To: About SN22.95 Pheṇapiṇḍūpamasutta


Again, it is better not to say they don’t exist. 

  • They exist until the (mental) energy that produces them is exhausted. Furthermore, they can only lead to further suffering.
  • If things don’t exist, they cannot bring suffering!

It is one extreme to say things exist (which gives a sense of permanence/stability or “nicca nature”), but it is the other extreme to say things do not exist. 

  • Vinnana is a “magician” because it presents a “nicca nature.”
  • That second extreme is nihilism or uccheda ditthi. The first is sassata ditthi.
  • “Discarding both extremes, the Tathagata teaches the middle way.”