Thread: Heart Sutra
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:34 AM   #14
Fred Little
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Re: Heart Sutra

Erick Mead wrote: View Post
Infinite regress is, itself, an indication that the problem has no rational solution. That is not to say that the answer is unreasonable, but merely the answer is not to be understood by means of reason ... I think the Fathers indicated that the only modes of response are either despair or faith, and that choice is always before us.
"Despair and faith," as expressed in the Abrahamic traditions correspond fairly closely to "nihilism and eternalism" in the Mahayana tradition, with the key difference that both are considered extreme views to be avoided with all due diligence in the Buddhist tradition.


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