To be a Buddhist you must accept Nibbana?

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To be a Buddhist you must accept Nibbana?

Yes.
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No.
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10%
I don't know.
1
5%
 
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Re: To be a Buddhist you must accept Nibbana?

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:24 pm

Hi Peter

A good question to ask is - did the Buddha know what nibbana was before he got there?

I am of the opinion that the bodhisatta was heedful to what his actual attainment was and saw there was more to do, he found a path which he found to be effective and worked.
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"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."
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Re: To be a Buddhist you must accept Nibbana?

Postby cooran » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:36 pm

Hello all,

Why reinvent the Wheel?

One does not set out on a journey without knowing the destination and having a map on how to get there. It would be pointless to get a road map in Los Angeles which tells you the way to New York and then just drive whichever way the impulse takes you, saying all roads lead to New York. They don't. Better to follow the directions of one who has travelled The Way before you. All roads do not lead to New York (or Rome as the case may be). Alternatively, why follow the directions to anywhere if you don't want to get to the particular destination. The whole Path of the Buddha is laid out solely to lead to the Destination (Nibbana)

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Re: To be a Buddhist you must accept Nibbana?

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:36 pm

Hi Chris,
do you know what a place is like before you arrive?
the route is not the same as the destination, the path may get you there but isn't the same as being there.

[quote="Chris"]Hello all,

Why reinvent the Wheel?

One does not set out on a journey without knowing the destination and having a map on how to get there. It would be pointless to get a road map in Los Angeles which tells you the way to New York and then just drive whichever way the impulse takes you, saying all roads lead to New York. They don't. Better to follow the directions of one who has travelled The Way before you. All roads do not lead to New York (or Rome as the case may be). Alternatively, why follow the directions to anywhere if you don't want to get to the particular destination. The whole Path of the Buddha is laid out solely to lead to the Destination (Nibbana)

metta
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
With Metta
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"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."
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