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Originally posted by sidewayszombie
I don't know what else to say other than maybe "lol wut u mad?"
Originally posted by filosophia
Originally posted by jgarcya
reply to post by filosophia
I would add that true understanding of the way of buddhism is only possible through the practice of meditation.It is meditation that lifts the veil or the illusions, it brings us to our core being of infinite god like potential.
true. Meditation is a free exercise that anyone can do, to unlock personal happiness and self-esteem. Let's spread the message of meditation
Originally posted by whaaa
I wonder what the Buddha would think of this intellectual masturbation and semantic academic BS.
Probably the same way the Christ views the division between Southern Baptist and Pentecostals.
"He found the Buddha and said, "Teacher, if you will agree to answer my questions, I will continue to follow you. If you refuse, I will abandon the sangha. Tell me if you know whether or not the universe is finite or infinite. If you don't know the answer, just say so."
The Buddha looked at Malunkyaputta and said, "When you asked to be ordained, did I promise to answer such questions? Did I say, 'Malunkyaputta, become a bhikkhu, and I will solve your metaphysical problems?' "
"No, Lord, you did not."
"Then why do you insist that I do so now? Malunkyaputta, you are like a person shot with a poisoned arrow whose family summons the doctor to have the arrow removed. The man is given an antidote, but he refuses to let the doctor do anything before certain questions can be answered. The wounded man wants to know who shot the arrow, what his caste and job is, and why he shot him. He wants to know what kind of bow the man used and how he acquired the ingredients used in preparing the poison. Malunkyaputta, such a man will die before getting the answers to his questions. It is no different for one who follows the Way. I teach only those things necessary to realize the Way. Things which are not helpful or necessary, I do not teach.
Malunkyaputta, whether the universe is finite or infinite, temporal or eternal, there is one truth you must accept, and that is the presence of suffering. Suffering has causes which can be illuminated in order to be removed. The things I teach will help you attain detachment, equanimity, peace, and liberation. I refuse to speak about all those things which are not helpful in realizing the Way."
[Old Path White Clouds - Thich Nhat Hanh (pages 299-300)]