Points of Controversy

9.10. Of Action conforming to Thought

Controverted Point: That action does not accord with thought.

Theravādin: The argument is exactly similar to that in Kv9.9.1Kv9.9.3.

Again, you commit yourself to this, that one moves forward and backward, or looks ahead and back, or bends or extends, when not wishing to perform these respective acts. Surely the opposite is the case.

Pubbaseliyas: You say, I am wrong, but does it not happen that some one, thinking “I shall go in one direction,” goes in another, or… thinking “I shall hold forth something,” holds forth another? Hence my proposition is tenable.