If you met the Awakened One

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If you met the Awakened One

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If you met the Buddha and had the chance to ask only one question what would you ask?
Mendicants, a mendicant who has five things will soon penetrate the unshakable. What five? It’s when a mendicant has attained the analytical knowledge of meaning, the analytical knowledge of Dhamma, the analytical knowledge of language, the analytical knowledge of discernment and they review the extent of their mind’s freedom. A mendicant who has these five things will soon penetrate the unshakable.”

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Did you teach re-birth and Kamma? if so prove to me that you are right.
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SarathW wrote: Wed May 15, 2019 6:17 am Did you teach re-birth and Kamma? if so prove to me that you are right.
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If you don't prove it to me I am going strait back home.

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SarathW wrote: Wed May 15, 2019 6:17 am Did you teach re-birth and Kamma? if so prove to me that you are right.
:D
If he said take it on faith would you?
Mendicants, a mendicant who has five things will soon penetrate the unshakable. What five? It’s when a mendicant has attained the analytical knowledge of meaning, the analytical knowledge of Dhamma, the analytical knowledge of language, the analytical knowledge of discernment and they review the extent of their mind’s freedom. A mendicant who has these five things will soon penetrate the unshakable.”

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Saddhā wrote: Wed May 15, 2019 7:02 am
SarathW wrote: Wed May 15, 2019 6:17 am Did you teach re-birth and Kamma? if so prove to me that you are right.
:D
If he said take it on faith would you?
Yes. I would.
Because it is coming straight from Buddha, not from hearsay.
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I'd offer him some food. Sooo much merit!

Then after the meal I'd ask for a teaching, and he being able to see my mind and know the most suitable teaching, would given me the best lesson for my mind, and in no long time I'd attain to etc etc...
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JamesTheGiant wrote: Wed May 15, 2019 8:14 am Then after the meal I'd ask for a teaching, and he being able to see my mind and know the most suitable teaching, would given me the best lesson for my mind, and in no long time I'd attain to etc etc...
You are a real student, James.
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Saddhā wrote: Wed May 15, 2019 6:09 am If you met the Buddha and had the chance to ask only one question what would you ask?
Like James, ask for advice.
"Does Master Gotama have any position at all?"

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- "How am I?"

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I'm more of a Zen guy, so if I met the Buddha, I would kill the Buddha. :)

I know I know I know...that's not what the OP meant.
If I could travel back in time and actually come face to face with him, and could speak his language (or more likely he could see my mind well enough to "speak" mine)...I'd probably not ask him anything. Words are not enough. I'd just appreciate being in his presence and soaking it in.
Right now, it's like this...
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JMGinPDX wrote: Fri May 17, 2019 7:48 pm I'm more of a Zen guy, so if I met the Buddha, I would kill the Buddha. :)
And instantly die and be reborn in the lowest level of hell for a long long long time.
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budo wrote: Fri May 17, 2019 7:57 pm
JMGinPDX wrote: Fri May 17, 2019 7:48 pm I'm more of a Zen guy, so if I met the Buddha, I would kill the Buddha. :)
And instantly die and be reborn in the lowest level of hell for a long long long time.
Well, sure, if I literally executed the actual living Sakyamuni Buddha physically standing right before me.
But as I indicated in my followup, I was joking.

And that's not what the Zen parable is about, either - if I "see" the Buddha, then I've immediately turned the Buddha into a THING, into an object of attachment, and that's going to hinder my true progress, so I must "kill" my conceptualization of the Buddha in order to get to the truth. That sorta thing.

But now that I had to explain the joke, it's not funny anymore, assuming it was slightly humorous to begin with.............
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JMGinPDX wrote: Fri May 17, 2019 8:06 pm
budo wrote: Fri May 17, 2019 7:57 pm
JMGinPDX wrote: Fri May 17, 2019 7:48 pm I'm more of a Zen guy, so if I met the Buddha, I would kill the Buddha. :)
And instantly die and be reborn in the lowest level of hell for a long long long time.
Well, sure, if I literally executed the actual living Sakyamuni Buddha physically standing right before me.
But as I indicated in my followup, I was joking.

And that's not what the Zen parable is about, either - if I "see" the Buddha, then I've immediately turned the Buddha into a THING, into an object of attachment, and that's going to hinder my true progress, so I must "kill" my conceptualization of the Buddha in order to get to the truth. That sorta thing.

But now that I had to explain the joke, it's not funny anymore, assuming it was slightly humorous to begin with.............
Yes I understood what you meant, but you didn't understand my insinuation: that we're on a Theravada forum.
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budo wrote:
JMGinPDX wrote: I'm more of a Zen guy, so if I met the Buddha, I would kill the Buddha. :)
And instantly die and be reborn in the lowest level of hell for a long long long time.
Buddha's don't have the karma to be killed
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What practicing Buddhist tradition today got it right..or the closest. :tongue:

:anjali:
This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don’t cling to it. Whether it’s like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don’t try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That’s all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ‘us’ nor ‘them’. None of them are worthy of clinging to.

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