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This would explain how it's possible for us to seek to change any of the skandhas while there is nothing more to us than just those skandhas. Norman and Richard Gombrich, the Buddha extended his anatta critique to the Brahmanical belief expounded in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad that the Self Atman was indeed the whole world, or Brahman.
He used the example of someone carrying off and burning grass and sticks from the Jeta grove and how a monk would not sense or consider themselves harmed by that action.
In this example the Buddha is arguing that we do not have direct experience of the entire world, and hence the Self cannot be the whole world.
The idea that "this cosmos is the self" is one of the views rejected by the Buddha  along with the related Monistic theory that held that "everything is a Oneness" SN The Buddha denied the authority of the Vedas, though like his contemporaries, he affirmed the soteriological importance of having a proper understanding of reality right view. The Buddha's epistemology has been compared to empiricism , in the sense that it was based on experience of the world through the senses.
Some suttas go further, stating that "the All", or everything that exists sabbam , are these six sense spheres SN The Buddha also stressed that experience is the only criterion for verification of the truth in this passage from the Majjhima Nikaya MN.
Jayatilleke argues the Buddha's epistemology can also be taken to be a form of correspondence theory as per the 'Apannaka Sutta' with elements of Coherentism  and that for the Buddha, it is causally impossible for something which is false to lead to cessation of suffering and evil.
The Buddha discouraged his followers from indulging in intellectual disputation for its own sake, which is fruitless, and distracts one from the goal of awakening. Only philosophy and discussion which has pragmatic value for liberation from suffering is seen as important.
According to the scriptures , during his lifetime the Buddha remained silent when asked several metaphysical questions which he regarded as the basis for "unwise reflection". The Buddha stated that thinking about these imponderable Acinteyya issues led to "a thicket of views, a wilderness of views, a contortion of views, a writhing of views, a fetter of views" Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta. According to the Buddha, the Dharma is not an ultimate end in itself or an explanation of all metaphysical reality, but a pragmatic set of teachings.
The Buddha used two parables to clarify this point, the 'Parable of the raft' and the Parable of the Poisoned Arrow. It is also like medicine, in that, the particulars of how one was injured by a poisoned arrow i.
In this sense the Buddha was often called 'the great physician' because his goal was to cure the human condition of suffering first and foremost, not to speculate about metaphysics. Witness the Buddha's confutation of several doctrines by Nigantha Nataputta and other purported sages which sometimes had large followings e.
This shows that a virtuous and appropriate use of dialectics can take place. By implication, reasoning and argument shouldn't be disparaged by buddhists. After the Buddha's death, some Buddhists such as Dharmakirti went on to use the sayings of the Buddha as sound evidence equal to perception and inference.
Rather, it indicates that he viewed the answers to these questions as not understandable by the unenlightened. The Buddha of the earliest Buddhists texts describes Dharma in the sense of "truth" as "beyond reasoning" or "transcending logic", in the sense that reasoning is a subjectively introduced aspect of the way unenlightened humans perceive things, and the conceptual framework which underpins their cognitive process, rather than a feature of things as they really are.
Going "beyond reasoning" means in this context penetrating the nature of reasoning from the inside, and removing the causes for experiencing any future stress as a result of it, rather than functioning outside the system as a whole. Buddhist ethics have been termed eudaimonic with their goal being well-being and also compared to virtue ethics this approach began with Damien Keown.
The Buddha outlined five precepts no killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, or drinking alcohol which were to be followed by his disciples, lay and monastic. There are various reasons the Buddha gave as to why someone should be ethical.
First, the universe is structured in such a way that if someone intentionally commits a misdeed, a bad karmic fruit will be the result and vice versa.
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