chapter  4
20 Pages

THE WAY RIGHT-VIEW FUNCTIONS

In Chapter 2 I considered the content of sammā-dihi, what the view proposed. In this chapter I would like to explore in more detail the ways in which sammā-dihi functions. The first half of this chapter will consider the notion of right-view under three headings. First, the gaining of right-view can be understood as the ‘accomplishment in view’ (dihi-sampadā). I considered this category briefly in Chapter 1, when I contrasted it with ‘non-accomplishment in view’ (dihi-vipatti). I noted that accomplishment in view is often used to refer to the view of affirmation, while non-accomplishment in view is often used to refer to the view of nihilism (i.e. Dhs 233 §§ 1362, 1364). The second heading under which I will consider right-view is ‘accomplished in view’ (dihi-sampanna). This term is often used to refer to the right-view achieved at stream-attainment, and the content of this view is usually the seeing of dependent-origination. The term sampanna is the past participle of sampadā and denotes the process whereby, after gaining accomplishment in view, the holder of the view becomes accomplished in view. The third heading is ‘purification of view’ (dihi-visuddhi). The content of this view is the knowing of ‘rise and fall’ (udayabbaya). The second half of this chapter will use these categories to consider how a right-view, which holds that actions have consequences, is developed into a knowledge of dependent-origination and, in turn, into an insight into the rise and fall of all dhammas. How are we to understand this process? What is the nature of sammā-dihi on the higher paths (the paths of once-returner, never returner and Arahant) and how are we to understand the deepening of insight on the higher paths after stream-attainment?