chapter  5
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THE TRANSCENDENCE OF VIEWS

In this penultimate chapter I would like to consider what I think is the proper understanding of the notion of dihi in the Pāli canon. Stated briefly this is the following: it is usually thought that there are two tendencies in the Nikāyas. The first proposes right-view in opposition to wrong-views, the second rejects all views, wrong or right, as all views are potential causes of craving and attachment. I do not think either of these offers the correct understanding of dihi in the Nikāyas and early Abhidhamma. My previous arguments have suggested that the Pāli canon is interested in how views affect actions and how actions affect views. Wrongviews, indeed all views, can cause craving and attachment, but the Pāli canon does propose a right-view. However, this view is not essentially a correction of wrongviews, but a different order of seeing, one that is free from craving and attachment. In this chapter I would like to look at various passages from the Nikāyas and Abhidhamma which suggest what this different order of seeing is.