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Samadhi as unified awareness or specific awareness


#41

Well when trying to communicate the ultimate goal it must be done in terms that lay people can relate to! But that doesnt mean the transcendental nibbana dhatu should be rejected. We can’t split the EBTs according to our likes and dislikes, or hope to fully understand everything that is experienced in gradual path of enlightenment. It’s ok to not fully grasp things less we throw the baby :baby:, out with that bath water!

The suttas provide a certain world view that requires to be worked into the ‘ordinary’ world. It’s not only about change of view or shifts in attitudes but rather change of the structure of the mind. It’s a lasting emotional transformation. You might think it’s like ‘making of a terrorist’ but it’s not like that. There’s being secluded from the mad bits of society.

You, if you’re going to lead a successful lay life, will need to focus on the suttas about living a lay life - and not concerned so much about the specific details of living the monastic lifestyle. You won’t get all the details you want but you will get an overview. Partly this is because it’s not practically possible to ‘prescribe’ EBTs for everything life comes up with, in every millennium, with societal and changes to technology! It’s this reason why it’s really so important to seek out the underlying principles of what is taught (the ‘lasting’ Dhamma, principles), than understand the texts in a very concrete perspective!

Honesty- but the texts won’t talk about transparency
Metta - friendliness, not taking shortcuts, gratefulness
EBTs talk of being trained in your profession; managing your money, treating your staff well, laziness, well run business etc.