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if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:56 pm

if you could ask the Buddha one question, what would it be?
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby kc2dpt » Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:09 pm

I guess I'd ask him for a contemplation subject. Being that he can read minds and all, he'd know what was most beneficial for me.
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby clw_uk » Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:41 pm

Great thread idea


Id ask him to explain to me Dependent origination in as much detail as possible
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby Individual » Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:34 pm

jcsuperstar wrote:if you could ask the Buddha one question, what would it be?

"what's your best advice for me?"
The best things in life aren't things.

The Diamond Sutra

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:50 am

Greetings,

I would either ask what Peter asked, or ask "What are the most important things that the Theravada tradition got wrong?" so I could continue to use Theravada as a framework for my practice, but with those caveats and corrections provided by the Buddha.

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Retro. :)
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby Individual » Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:18 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

I would either ask what Peter asked, or ask "What are the most important things that the Theravada tradition got wrong?" so I could continue to use Theravada as a framework for my practice, but with those caveats and corrections provided by the Buddha.

Metta,
Retro. :)

And if he says, "Nothing," boy did you waste YOUR question!

I'd go with Peter's choice, which is basically my same choice, because it's guaranteed to get a useful reply. What the Theravada tradition got wrong might not necessarily be relevant to your personal case, too. What if what they got wrong is just something trivial, like a few minor errors in the Tipitaka?
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby Guy » Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:58 am

I would ask the same question as Individual.
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby kc2dpt » Tue Jul 07, 2009 3:03 am

Oh, see Retro, I was assuming I went back in time rather than the Buddha went forward in time, but your answer is good too. :)

But wait... if the Buddha was still around... would we even have Theravada?
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jul 07, 2009 3:22 am

Greetings Individual,

Individual wrote:And if he says, "Nothing," boy did you waste YOUR question!


Frankly, that would be the best possible result!

It would mean that not only did I get one question answered, but I would be in possession of all the answers found within the suttas, Abhidhamma, commentaries etc. and would know that they were all absolutely rock solid 100% correct and the height of magnificence.

:woohoo:

Metta,
Retro. :)
Through corruption of the Dhamma comes corruption of the discipline, and from corruption of the discipline comes corruption of the Dhamma. This is the first future danger as yet unarisen that will arise in the future. You should recognize it and make an effort to prevent it. (AN 5.79)

"If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good." - Thomas J. Watson

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby BlackBird » Tue Jul 07, 2009 3:48 am

After hearing what the Lord Buddha had to say to Retro, I would then ask: "What are the minor rules?"
:anjali:

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby appicchato » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:05 am

[quote="BlackBird]...I would then ask: "What are the minor rules?"[/quote]

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:29 am

clw_uk wrote:Great thread idea


Id ask him to explain to me Dependent origination in as much detail as possible


Oh, gawd; what would you do if he said that the three life version was correct?
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby clw_uk » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:17 am

Oh, gawd; what would you do if he said that the three life version was correct?



lol, then i would accept it


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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby Ben » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:54 am

clw_uk wrote:
Oh, gawd; what would you do if he said that the three life version was correct?



lol, then i would accept it


Somehow, I don't think you would.
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jul 07, 2009 8:28 am

Greetings,

Whilst I don't think it's necessarily anyone's place to speculate how others would react in such a situation, I believe clw_uk would listen to the Buddha and believe what was said.

We all have different approaches to trying to piece together for ourselves what the Buddha actually taught... I'm sure no two approaches are entirely the same. No matter how confident that we may be that we understand the Buddha's teachings, we should never be complacent and never think we have a monopoly on their interpretation.

Metta,
Retro. :)
Through corruption of the Dhamma comes corruption of the discipline, and from corruption of the discipline comes corruption of the Dhamma. This is the first future danger as yet unarisen that will arise in the future. You should recognize it and make an effort to prevent it. (AN 5.79)

"If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good." - Thomas J. Watson

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby clw_uk » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:28 am

Ben wrote:
clw_uk wrote:
Oh, gawd; what would you do if he said that the three life version was correct?



lol, then i would accept it


Somehow, I don't think you would.



Hey Ben

Of course i would :)

If i didnt follow what the Buddha told me was benefical to ending dukkha then i wouldnt be a follower of Buddhadhamma, i wouldnt be taking refuge


Can i put a question to you (and others). If he said that D.O. wasnt three lives and that rebirth wasnt part of his teachings would you listen and still practice buddhadhamma?
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Glad that I came--not sorry to depart
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:33 am

If he said that D.O. wasnt three lives and that rebirth wasnt part of his teachings would you listen and still practice buddhadhamma?


I simply respond with: If you are dead and gone, nothing left, what is the point? He would not be much of a Buddha.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby clw_uk » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:36 am

tiltbillings wrote:
If he said that D.O. wasnt three lives and that rebirth wasnt part of his teachings would you listen and still practice buddhadhamma?


I simply respond with: If you are dead and gone, nothing left, what is the point? He would not be much of a Buddha.


Well thats assuming he would say that (he wouldnt actually since thats a specualtive view that leads to dukkha), my view is that he would most likely say that its irrelevant


just because someone says rebirth isnt in buddhadhamma doesn automatically mean "dead and gone forever"

Thats no different to a xtian saying "dont believe in god then there is nothing after death"

They are both false Dichotomies


perhaps the question simply doesnt matter

so if he said "it doesnt matter" or that its unhelpful speculation, what would you say?
Lost to a world in which I crave no part,
I sit alone and listen to my heart,
Pleased with my little corner of the earth,
Glad that I came--not sorry to depart
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:42 am

clw_uk wrote:
tiltbillings wrote:
If he said that D.O. wasnt three lives and that rebirth wasnt part of his teachings would you listen and still practice buddhadhamma?


I simply respond with: If you are dead and gone, nothing left, what is the point? He would not be much of a Buddha.


Well thats assuming he would say that (he wouldnt actually since thats a specualtive view that leads to dukkha), my view is that he would most likely say that its irrelevant


Gawd almighty, its a joke, son, a joke. Time for you to give it a rest. You toot a one note horn, and its gone a bit flat.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson


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