bluebuddha wrote:The Buddha, when confronted with seeing an old person, a diseased person, and a dead body, began looking for a way to escape from suffering.
No he didn't. he wanted to find a way of ceasing suffering. there is a difference, and it's not so subtle.
What The Buddha came up with for an answer was to teach that by giving up your home, your job, and your possessions, and giving up things that make you happy, and go live in solitude in the forest and meditate, you could thereby eliminate suffering.
This is what the Buddha felt he had to do, in order to completely turn his thinking around. How many Buddhists do you know personally?
And how many of those have done the above? We follow his teachings because they are logical. To follow his example is not always logical. neither is it skilful.
I know this may be an over simplification of what The Buddha taught, but I think you get the idea.
It's not an over-simplification. It's a complete inaccuracy.
While I agree that it is true that to simplify your life to that extant will certainly reduce or eliminate suffering, isn’t that just running away from life to a great extant?
if you simplify your life skilfully, it is running towards a skilful result. if you simplify your life UNskilfully, it is running towards an unskilful result.
It seems to me, that really what The Buddha was teaching, is that if you ignore suffering, through meditation, and shutting yourself off from the rest of the world, then suffering will go away.
Am I right? Am I right to a certain extant? Am I at least half right? Or am I completely wrong?
You are completely wrong.
In every ExtEnt.
I think you need to do some revision, you're not going to get good marks in this exam....!
I’d like to hear what the forum members think about this.
Thanks in advance for your views.
The Buddha stated, "I come to teach about the origin of Suffering, and the cessation of suffering."
He gave us the Four Noble Truths, (incorporating the Eightfold path) but he took around 6 years to come to this realisation.
It's not about running away from suffering. It's about understanding how and why Suffering arises, and eliminating that cause.
Shutting yourself off from suffering' is like running like stink and taking refuge in a room with a door that has multiple locking systems, and where there are secure bars on the windows, and throwing every bolt and turning every key until the door is securely shut - and then realising as you turn round, that suffering sneaked in attached to your coat tails - and now, there you are, together, in an impenetrable room.....
You need to understand what suffering is, what it does and why.
Only by doing this, can you eliminate it.
As the saying goes: Kep your friends close, but your enemies closer.