Tuesday, April 7, 2009

That Makes a World of Difference

Sakka asked the Buddha: "Do different religious teachers head for the same goal or practice the same disciplines or aspire to the same thing?"

"No, Sakka, they do not. And why? This world is made up of myriad different states of being, and people adhere to one or another of these states and become tenaciously possessive of them, saying, 'This alone is true, everything else is false.' It is like a territory that they believe is theirs. So all religious teachers do not teach the same goal or the same discipline, nor do they aspire to the same thing.

"But if you find truth in any religion or philosophy, then accept that truth without prejudice."

-Digha Nikaya
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(I'm going out of town today and won't be back until tomorrow sometime. I've really been enjoying the comments and dialog between all of us. I'll catch up then!)

7 comments:

V said...

Don't seek gurus, or teachers. Avoid attachment.
You could become dependent on people who are likely to exploit you.

Anonymous said...

i used to be a buddhist. i spent years studying the nikayas, the lankavatara sutra, and many others. the nikayas are the oldest of the buddhist scriptures and they are notorious for their repetition and their contradictions. gautama was sheltered by his father until he reached the age of thirty. when he learned the reality of dukkha, he was not able to accept it and from there created a philosophy that was shrouded in paradox. buddhism is a philosophy based on the denial of the physical world and the individual life as a reality. the purpose of the buddha's nirvana is to extinguish the fire of life completely into an impersonal and unconditioned state where there is total extinction. to the buddhist this is the final goal no matter what order of being you inhabit, which is really death without actually calling it death. but worse it is death while you are still living. what buddha is really telling sakka in this passage is that nothing is true in actuality. buddha believes that the diversity of the states of being negate any truth or final goal. he doesn't realize that every state emanates from the same source and has a purpose for the individual that exists in that particular state. that is the fundamental error of buddhism which makes it a philosophy that seeks to snuff out the individual life and its meaning. what buddha fails to mention is that even the four noble truths are abrogated by his own philosophy, and the noble eighfold path is meaningless at heart. but don't believe me, read it for what it is. the teaching speaks for itself.
Truly,
D.

Shubhajit said...

Aah! Is there any religion that is not true to your nature? Buddha was a great man, I believe greater than every great men born because he took the toughest path to get the enlightenment..it takes millions of human birth to get such birth..

Work towards one ideal...and everything else is distraction...get distracted and again straight up! get rid of suffering is illusion because without suffering there is no bliss and vice versa..they are inseparable..hungry listen to the preaching through his stomach,mother sees suffering through the eyes of her child..we need to suffer...

V said...

To identify with emptiness is to be empty: an ascetic and a celibate among hypocritical saints.
To identify with God is to be megalomaniacal: a gluton and drunkard among thieves and criminals.
The enlightened is in between. He doesn't identify with any.
Just thinking.

V said...

The Buddha didn't believe in God because he didn't want to identify with Him when he could become empty. He admitted that the he too was not yet free. Because he still had a little ego lurking inside of him. But how small could an Enlightened Ego be?

human being said...

if the essence can be grabbed, all schools of thoughts and religions can direct us to truth...
they are just lables... you can walk hand in hand with humanity and morality to get there too...


some enlightened ones like Hallaj have said, "i am god"... but it doesn't mean an inflated ego, it means, "i'm nothing... all is god"...
this is humility not pride...

Anonymous said...

oh boy!
Truly,
D.