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What would the Buddha teach today?

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What would the Buddha teach today?

Postby kmath » Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:21 am

One thing that I've always loved about the Buddha is how he gave different teachings to different people at different times. So I've often wondered what he would teach if alive in this day and age. I was talking to a monk about this once and he answered by simply saying: "I think the Buddha would teach the Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path." And right, I know he would do that. But how might he present the teachings or what might he emphasize today that perhaps he would not have back in his time? Any thoughts?

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Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:47 am

I agree with that monk; that the Buddha would teach dukkha and the way out of dukkha. It is very time-less. The forms of entertainment and sensual pleasures have changed a little, but they are very similar: sex, music, dancing, watching live theater (now it is on a screen but basically the same), participating and watching sports (the same now), indulgence in food (same now too), etc.

He might present the teachings differently. For example, to reach more people, he would most likely use the internet. I know some might find that strange, but why not? How many can you reach by preaching at the local forest or street corner versus going online with youtube videos, podcasts, etc. Of course he wouldn't be living a lavish life of a televangelist, like Joel Olsteen or one of those. He could still be a monk with simple living quarters and be online for teachings. The Buddha had wealthy donors including Anathapindika and Ambapali and I imagine in modern times a Buddha would also have wealthy donors who could foot the bills for the online costs, while the Buddha maintains perfect-sila with the Vinaya.
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Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

Postby kmath » Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:58 am

Is participating in sports a sensual pleasure?

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Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

Postby Dan74 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:40 am

When I look around me (and within me), the biggest issue I see is not overindulgence, but deep confusion and suffering. Overindulgence is more often the symptom than the cause, so sometimes it seems we put the cart before the horse as far as emphasizing not indulging and restraining the senses. Many just interpret it as more shackles and more puritan fears seeing that their indulgence is almost compulsive and springs from deeper underlying issues.

People have lost a sense of balance, a healthy sense of purpose and their own place in the community and the universe. There is deep self-loathing, alienation, disempowerment, the feet are everywhere but not on the ground and the head is overfilled with a vast array of stimuli that we are ill-equipped to process.

I think the Buddha would recognize what ills each person who comes to him and recommend the right course of action which often would be to heal sufficiently in order to be able to really practice. I agree with the OP that it's not the one-size-fits all. While the Dhamma is timeless, the path to be able to see the Dhamma correctly is different for every person.
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Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

Postby rohana » Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:38 pm

"Delighting in existence, O monks, are gods and men; they are attached to existence, they revel in existence. When the Dhamma for the cessation of existence is being preached to them, their minds do not leap towards it, do not get pleased with it, do not get settled in it, do not find confidence in it. That is how, monks, some lag behind."
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Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

Postby m0rl0ck » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:45 pm

He/she would probably have a lot of youtube videos and be dressed in modern dress. i cant see the message being that much different but i think Dan74's comment about confusion is right. Getting people to settle down and just be with themselves for a moment is probably a lot harder today than it has ever been for any traditional culture.
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Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

Postby manas » Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:15 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

Postby greenthumb » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:22 am

In this modern age would people think the Buddha was crazy proclaiming himself enlightened and talking to unseen beings? Or would he keep that to himself while teaching the way out of dukkha during these very scientific times? Wow, this thread has got my imagination going now….interesting. :popcorn:
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Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

Postby Taijitu » Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:53 am

I think he would make funny youtube videos that everyone would enjoy maybe like this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzQUtElQXX0

Well I enjoy watching it at least. :yingyang:
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Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
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