1. What is the Abhidharma position on feelings?
In Buddhism, humans are poised with five Skandhas, which are; “form (the physical body), feelings (arising from sensory contact), perceptions (discriminatory judgements of input of sensory data), mental habits (karmic dispositions), and consciousness” (Dr. Pearson). The Abhidharma’s position on feelings are the three kinds; pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral (Hanh). Not everyone feels the same way about a certain topic. Feelings can depend on past experiences and how we process the information which is likely to be different from another individual (Hughes 2010). Nhat Hanh had provided us with examples for each of the three kinds of feelings. An example of an unpleasant feeling might be burning yourself with an appliance. A pleasant feeling might be getting the highest mark in the class. Lastly the neutral feeling would be where one’s self doesn’t feel neither pleasant or unpleasant feelings (Hanh). In conclusion, when one is happy all is happy.
2. How does Buddhism view worldly knowledge, and what does it take for things to reveal themselves to us?
Knowledge in Buddhism is seen as an obstacle to understanding (Hanh). A metaphor for this observation would be a block of ice that obstructs water from flowing. A well written quote the Buddha said was, “It is said that if we take one thing to be the truth and cling to it, even if truth itself comes in person and knocks at our door, we won’t open it. For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them” (Hanh). In order for things to reveal themselves one must throw away their knowledge to truly understand because guarded knowledge is not a method of understanding (Hanh). One needs to be able to go beyond their knowledge in order to succeed. Maslow of Hierarchy of needs is a great example of going beyond one’s knowledge. This could be referred in the sense that in order to obtain self actualization one needs to first fulfill...