If you could meet the Buddha

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If you could meet the Buddha

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If a time machine were invented and you could meet the Buddha one on one, face to face, yet were only able to ask him one question, what would you ask?
“For that is false, bhikkhu, which has a deceptive nature, and that is true which has an undeceptive nature—Nibbāna. Therefore a bhikkhu possessing this truth possesses the supreme foundation of truth. For this, bhikkhu, is the supreme noble truth, namely, Nibbāna, which has an undeceptive nature.” MN 140

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"What is the best thing for me to hear from you right now?"

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Which Buddhist tradition and teachers today are teaching the true Dhamma.

:namaste:
The heart of the path is so simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice.

Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.

Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this-just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle.

- Ajahn Chah

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Can we meditate together for a while?

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clw_uk wrote:If a time machine were invented and you could meet the Buddha one on one, face to face, yet were only able to ask him one question, what would you ask?
I've been thinking about this for years. I don't have any questions anymore that I would ask the Buddha were I to meet him.

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Interesting question. After some thought, I'm quite sure I would ask along the lines of this stock passage:
“Venerable sir, it would be good if the Blessed One would teach me the Dhamma in brief, so that, having heard the Dhamma from the Blessed One, I might dwell alone, withdrawn, diligent, ardent, and resolute.”
I can't think of a better power-up for practice than getting a custom meditation theme/object from the Buddha Himself!
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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I know that this might sound stupid, but i would not ask him a question, but question him on why he made his teachings available to everyone?

In a way, he left those who encountered his teachings with no excuses, making them in a way more responsible of their own suffering. One might argue that they are responsible anyway and that ignorance is not an excuse, but still, those who know and don't follow (who are the vast majority) in a sense are more blameworthy than those who did not know.
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

This was the last word of the Tathagata.

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"Could you please write down exactly what you meant by Paticca-samuppada, and then sign it?"

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Sam Vara wrote:"Could you please write down exactly what you meant by Paticca-samuppada, and then sign it?"

Actually laughed :rofl:

Was Buddha literate though?
“For that is false, bhikkhu, which has a deceptive nature, and that is true which has an undeceptive nature—Nibbāna. Therefore a bhikkhu possessing this truth possesses the supreme foundation of truth. For this, bhikkhu, is the supreme noble truth, namely, Nibbāna, which has an undeceptive nature.” MN 140

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clw_uk wrote:
Sam Vara wrote:"Could you please write down exactly what you meant by Paticca-samuppada, and then sign it?"

Actually laughed :rofl:

Was Buddha literate though?
Probably not, so I'd ask him to dictate and then make his mark.

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Sam Vara wrote:
clw_uk wrote:Was Buddha literate though?
Probably not, so I'd ask him to dictate and then make his mark.
Which seems to be what pretty much happened anyway. We're back to relying on the scribes ...

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What will happen when you die?
Buddha save me from new-agers!

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Sam Vara wrote:"Could you please write down exactly what you meant by Paticca-samuppada, and then sign it?"
:clap:
Buddha save me from new-agers!

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Do you speak english?
chownah

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chownah wrote:Do you speak english?
chownah
I assumed there would be Star Trek language translator device. :tongue:
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