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Postby Future Bhikkhu » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:03 am

I was wondering whether the historical Buddha made many jokes. Was he like Ajahn Brahm?

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Re: Funny Buddha

Postby alan » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:30 am

I could tell you, but first you would have to learn Pali.
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Re: Funny Buddha

Postby Future Bhikkhu » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:33 am

:) Well your funny alan but what about the Buddha. What do you think?
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Re: Funny Buddha

Postby alan » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:55 am

He did not joke around. There are some examples of humor in the texts but no examples of the Buddha making any nonsense immature jokes like those that so endear Ajahn Brahm to the public.
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Re: Funny Buddha

Postby Future Bhikkhu » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:03 am

When Ajahn tells a joke it makes one want to listen to him. Do you think it is such a bad thing for a senoir monk to joke around so much?

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Re: Funny Buddha

Postby alan » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:12 am

When he tells a joke it makes me less inclined to listen.
If I want to laugh I'll tune in to Jon Stewart.
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Re: Funny Buddha

Postby Future Bhikkhu » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:15 am

I guess its' a matter of personal opinion.

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Re: Funny Buddha

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:21 am

Future Bhikkhu wrote:I was wondering whether the historical Buddha made many jokes. Was he like Ajahn Brahm?

Thanks,

With metta,

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I suggest you track down a copy of Richard Gombrich's excellent How Buddhism Began: the conditioned genesis of the early teachings
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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