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if you could ask the Buddha one question

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby Mawkish1983 » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:42 am

:focus: I'd probably ask him "Am I practicing right". That's often my primary concern. I often feel drawn to the pretty colours, fun music and mind-bending philosophy of some Hindu sects, only to reflect on why I was drawn to them and to come back to the Buddhadhamma (as best as I understand it presently). It would be really nice for the Buddha to either say "Yes, you are practicing well, keep going" or "No, you are cultivating wrong-view [or whatever], try this instead...".

I suppose with the absence of the Buddha as a person I'll have to keep pestering you lot :)

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby clw_uk » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:48 am

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby vitellius » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:33 am

"How should I practice?"

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby Ben » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:44 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 rowyourboat » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:55 am

I would ask 'what do I do now?'
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby imagemarie » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:32 pm

Er..I'd hold up a flower. Am I on the wrong forum ? :jumping:

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:55 pm

If I get enlightened in this lifetime, what happens when I die?

Rick

( alright, so it's a big "if"! :jumping: )

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby kc2dpt » Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:00 pm

The truth is a person so attached to their views would, when confronted by the Buddha himself, sooner question whether that was really the Buddha than change their views.

"You didn't give me the answer I wanted. How do I know you are really the Buddha?"
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby kc2dpt » Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:02 pm

The OP prolly needs changing to "If you met the Buddha and somehow knew that it was in fact the Buddha..."
- Peter


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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:45 pm

"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 10:56 pm

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:57 pm

well, if you met the buddha you'd meet the buddha not some guy who may or may not be the buddha, so i think it's kinda implied you know he's the buddha :tongue:

also he seems to be pretty good at explaining a point so i guess he could wrangle some understanding into most of us if we were to be sincere in listening
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 » Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:11 am

- Peter


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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:14 am

Is it Dhamma or Dharma? (just kidding :tongue: )

I would probably ask something like what retro said. Are the commentaries and the Abhidhamma accurate, important, necessary or where else might have the Theravada made any errors (if any)?
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby fig tree » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:11 am

Is jhana needed for liberation? :tongue:

-or- What's a nimitta? :thinking:

-or- In my previous life or lives during your time, what was I spending my time doing? :cookoo:

One good thing is that he seems to have been willing to tell someone who asks a poor choice of question not to ask it, but to listen as he explained something else that made things clear.

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby Bankei » Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:01 am

I would ask what he thought of Buddhism/
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby Kare » Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:40 am

"How can I help you, my friend?"
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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby Ben » Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:39 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

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Re: if you could ask the Buddha one question

Postby kc2dpt » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:30 pm

Really? Do you really see it as selfish to ask the greatest teacher to ever walk the earth to teach you something?

Funny but I was struck quite the opposite, To ask the Buddha how you can help him, he who has gone beyond all need of help, strikes me as empty and hollow.

"How can I help you?"
"You can not help me."

Oh well, there goes your one question. :shrug:
- Peter



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