Points of Controversy

3.8. Of the Celestial Ear

Controverted Point: That the fleshly ear, when It is the medium of an idea, is the celestial ear.

Kv3.8.1 and Kv3.8.2 correspond exactly to the same sections in Kv3.7.

Theravādin: Further, you are, by your proposition, also admitting that the celestial ear, when it is the medium of a sensuous idea, becomes the fleshly ear. Further, you are also admitting that there is only one ear, or sense of hearing. If you deny, you cannot maintain your proposition. If you assent, I would ask whether the Exalted One did not speak of two ears—the fleshly ear and the heavenly ear?