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Buddhist Pearls of wisdom

 
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The Quiet Vietnamese



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:18 am    Post subject: Buddhist Pearls of wisdom Reply with quote

Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor 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, persuading 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.

Buddha

N.B. I find this very surprising, since Confucianism, which co-exists with Buddhism in countries like China and Vietnam, puts such value on tradition, and the wisdom of the elders.
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The Quiet Vietnamese



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:21 am    Post subject: A conversation with Buddha Reply with quote

One of his students asked Buddha, "Are you the messiah?"
"No", answered Buddha.

"Then are you a healer?"
"No", Buddha replied.

"Then are you a teacher?" the student persisted.
"No, I am not a teacher."

"Then what are you?" asked the student, exasperated.
"I am awake", Buddha replied.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: A conversation with Buddha Reply with quote

The Quiet Vietnamese wrote:
"Then what are you?" asked the student, exasperated.
"I am awake", Buddha replied.

Doesn't he mean "aware"? I'm awake, but nowhere close to wisdom as far as I can see. super grin
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: Possible explanation Reply with quote

Perhaps Buddha was trying to sleep and the student was keeping him awake by asking questions? super grin
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The Quiet Vietnamese



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Possible explanation Reply with quote

inkling7 wrote:
Perhaps Buddha was trying to sleep and the student was keeping him awake by asking questions? super grin

Makes sense to me! wacko
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