Did Buddha say “The world is but an illusion?

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Did Buddha say “The world is but an illusion?

Postby SarathW » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:39 am

Can someone tell me what exactly Buddha said about illusion. Did he say that world (five aggregate) is an illusion (Maya)?

I am reading a book called The Buddha’s Ancient Path by Ven Piyadassi Thero. page 56 it says:

In regard to Kassapa’s question Buddha said “Surely, Kassapa, suffering is not non-existent. Suffering is”

Does it mean that suffering is not an illusion?

If world is an illusion why Buddha asked us to practice Metta?
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Did Buddha say “The world is but an illusion?

Postby m0rl0ck » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:54 pm

Then who / what suffers?
“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

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“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

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:popcorn:
"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: Did Buddha say “The world is but an illusion?

Postby SarathW » Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:52 am

“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Postby polarbear101 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:23 am

"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Did Buddha say “The world is but an illusion?

Postby SarathW » Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:51 am

Hi Polar
Thanks. Please read the following link


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_(illusion)

What do you think about the follwoing in relation to my question:

the Buddha is not affected one way or the other by the illusion. Beyond conceptuality, the Buddha is neither attached nor non-attached. This is the middle way of Buddhism, which explicitly refutes the extremes of both eternalism and nihilism.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Did Buddha say “The world is but an illusion?

Postby SarathW » Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:28 am

Hi Tilt
Do you know the pali word use in Sutta for "Magic Trick"?
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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