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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?
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat


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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.
- Peter


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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

The best things in life aren't things.


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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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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

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

The best things in life aren't things.


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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

- Ajahn Brahm

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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

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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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?"
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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

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

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

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby Ben » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:54 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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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. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

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

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

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