gben wrote:The original buddha knew what he was and so did every buddha before him and since.
Otherwise we wouldn't call him as the Buddha!
gben wrote:Jesus knew what he was and so did every Jesus before and since.
They say "Jesus is coming". We can figure it out then.
gben wrote:Only a buddha can talk about buddhism, the rest talk about the history of buddhism.
Not only the buddha, so do those who realised the Path
gben wrote:Following someone who is not free to freedom is a waste of time.
“Cunda, that one who is himself sinking in the mud should pull out another who is sinking in the mud is impossible; that one who is not himself sinking in the mud should pull out another who is sinking in the mud is possible. That one who is himself untamed, undisciplined, [with defilements] unextinguished, should tame another, discipline him, and help extinguish [his defilements] is impossible; that one who is himself tamed, disciplined, [with defilements] extinguished, should tame another, discipline him, and help extinguish [his defilements] is possible.”
-Majjhima Nikaya 8, Saleyyaka Sutta (abridged, copied from page 72
All hierarchies are false, do not participate in them. There are no steps to freedom,there is only freedom and self.
All culture is false, all ceremonies are false, all appearances are false, all traditions are false. the past and future are false, what is repeated by word or ink is false.
They are conventions. Some need them some don't.
I'll restart my yearlong meditation retreat on 15th June 2014, hence will not be here.
"Bhikkhus, there are these three things that shine when exposed, not when concealed. What three? (1) The moon. (2) The sun. (3) The Dhamma and discipline proclaimed by the Tathagata."
- Anguttara Nikaya, 3.131, Paticchanna Sutta
"Silence is the language of God; all else is poor translation."