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Originally posted by Maya00a
"If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him!" - The quote is attributed to Zen Master Linji.
It basically means.......
whatever your conception is of the Buddha, it’s WRONG! Now kill that image and keep practicing. This all has to do with the idea that reality is an impermanent illusion. If you believe that you have a correct image of what it means to be Enlightened, then you need to throw out (kill) that image and keep meditating.
Edit to add: I also love the Mahatma Gandhi quote in my signature as I don't believe something is a mistake as long as it's learned from and not repeated. Instead of a mistake it becomes a lesson.
[edit on 29-8-2010 by Maya00a]
Believe nothing on the faith of traditions,
even though they have been held in honour
for many generations and in diverse places.
Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it.
Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past.
Do not believe what you yourself have imagined,
persauding yourself that a God inspires you.
Believe nothing on the sole authority
of your masters and priests.
After examination, believe what you yourself
have tested and found to be reasonable,
and conform your conduct thereto.
When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
Originally posted by Mez353
reply to post by LifeIsEnergy
WHAT DID THE Buddhist say to the pizza chef? “Make me one with everything.”
If you believe nothing then how do you function? Even using language is belief in something, an agreement of meanings behind words.
Also if you act like this world is not real you wouldn't even bother eating. How do you enjoy life if nothing is real?
How do you say nothing is real when your suffering extreme physical pain?
Understand that the body Is merely the foam of a wave, The shadow of a shadow. - Buddha