Points of Controversy
12.1. Of Self Restraint.
Theravādin: If this be so, you imply that ocular self-restraint is moral action of the eye; so for the other senses—you cannot admit this… . But as to self-restraint, involved in sense-control of body and in control of mind, you at first deny it to be moral action, and then assent to the proposition that it is moral action. Why then do you not concede this for the remaining four senses? That which you admit as true for mind, the co-ordinator of sense, you must admit as true no less for the five senses.
“Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu, when he sees an object with the eye, grasps at the general characters thereof, … ”
“… does not grasp at the external appearance, … when he hears a sound, … cognizes a thing with the mind, … does not grasp, etc.”
Surely both self-restraint and want of it are herein shown to be morally effective action?