chapter  3
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THE WAY WRONG-VIEW FUNCTIONS

I have considered the content of both wrong-view and right-view. I would now like to discuss how wrong-view functions. In Chapter 1 I used two headings to describe the content of wrong-view. First, there are wrong-views that deny that actions have consequences. These views deny the law of kamma. Second, there are those views about the self. I suggested that the latter views could be understood as denying that attachments have consequences. This class of view denies that craving is the cause of dukkha. It is wrong-view in this sense that I would like to focus upon in this chapter. Certain discussions of the notion of dihi suggest that it is the fact that micchā-dihi is associated with greed and attachment that makes it wrong. There is some justification in arguing that the primary interest of the Nikāyas is not in metaphysics but in how one should act in order to overcome dukkha. There is a preoccupation with the negative consequences of attachment to objects of the senses and of the mind and it is evidence for this that I would like to consider in this chapter.