Many Thanks Bhante It is so valuable to have pointed out where understanding can be improved.
I liked this essay because it specifically addressed the two main opposing views - also it was a bit removed from the present so it can be viewed more ‘impersonally’, and to give an indication of how long this has been a topic of contention.
Could you please explain what you mean in a bit more detail. When you say
I did not pick up on this point in the essay - perhaps I was more focusing on other things.
What I took from it was that self-view is a condition for eternalists, and for anihilationists. That the situation is complex, and that the texts allow for some degree of interpretation that can feed into either of the 2 extremes. The reality, and the middle way, depends on fine nuance.
Personally, I accept and am happy with the ‘unknowability’ of the details of what, if anything lies beyond Samsara and the cycle of re-births.
Your further comments would be greatly appreciated
Added: - apologies this post is turning into a bit of a mess (probably reflecting my own state of uncertainty regarding this issue)…
I wanted to add a link to an article by Ajahn Brahmali, that also examines this issue. There are essays written by many respected teachers of the current time, each slightly different in emphasis,… So for anyone who wishes to research further there are many resources… Most of them can be found by using the search function of this forum