Did Christ come to India to study Buddhism, Vedas?

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Re: Did Christ come to India to study Buddhism, Vedas?

Postby PeterB » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:28 am

Bubbabuddhist wrote:Whenever this topic comes up, it always seems to reach a point where people begin giving each other the finger and then mooning each other.

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Long ago, in a forum far away and now defunct I suggested that all mention of fingers and moons should be avoided under a voluntary code of conduct, as in my experience, discussion around fingers and moons invariably are discussion stoppers..and whats worse they are a slippery slope that leads to the cul de sac known as " If you meet the Buddha on the road " etc etc yawn etc.

For me the salient point is , did Jesus or his author teach anything remotely like Dependant Origination ? I think the answer is clear, not even remotely. So, no relevance to Buddhism then.
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Re: Did Christ come to India to study Buddhism, Vedas?

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:58 am

PeterB wrote:
For me the salient point is , did Jesus or his author teach anything remotely like Dependant Origination ? I think the answer is clear, not even remotely. So, no relevance to Buddhism then.

Bears repeating:
For me the salient point is , did Jesus or his author teach anything remotely like Dependant Origination ? I think the answer is clear, not even remotely. So, no relevance to Buddhism then.
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Re: Did Christ come to India to study Buddhism, Vedas?

Postby catmoon » Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:26 am

pink_trike wrote:

2. Look spang at the finger until it dissolves, revealing the moon.

I prefer the latter. The more directly we look at the finger, the less we can find it. This method lessens the habitual tendency for the obscuring finger to block the view.


Ok let's strain a metaphor beyond recognition. The method assumes the moon is behind the finger, which it usually isn't. In most cases, if you stare at the finger, and IF it dissolves, which seems unlikely, you will end up staring at a blank patch of sky, with no moon in sight.

At the risk of sounding radically pedantic, I would suggest that if you want to see the moon, looking in the direction of the moon as directed by a finger would, with some large statistical probability, lead to the seeker beholding the moon.

And no, you are not allowed to give advice on where one might put said finger. :tongue:
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Re: Did Christ come to India to study Buddhism, Vedas?

Postby Fede » Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:46 pm

well strained.
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: Did Christ come to India to study Buddhism, Vedas?

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:04 pm

So having a staring competition with a finger isn't a good (eye)dea! :twothumbsup:
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