Hi Dhamma friends, I would like to ask some questions with regard to this teaching of the Buddha. Sorry if some of these may sound naive, but it’s just a way of formulating a ‘train of thought’ in order to get to an understanding. So here we go:
Feeling leads to craving but is feeling itself seen as neutral? What changes from feeling to craving so that it leads to clinging and suffering? The idea that there is a self?
And, in the act of craving one attaches the idea of self to feelings and perceptions?
So one needs to train the view that the feelings are not me, not mine, not my permanent essence?
If one succeeds then craving ceases?
But, are feelings not already loaded with judgments about their quality, i.e. to notice a feeling means already putting it into a category, such as happy, sad, etc.?
In the moment a feeling is identified, then a process of wanting or not-wanting kicks in. Is that the moment when the self is starting to crave?
So if we stop judging our feelings and accept them all as impermanent and not self, then we are on the right path?
Many thanks for reading.