If you could meet the Buddha

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If you could meet the Buddha

Post by clw_uk » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:43 am

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?
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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by Nicolas » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:17 am

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

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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by bodom » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:34 am

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

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Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by BasementBuddhist » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:11 am

Can we meditate together for a while?

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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by binocular » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:28 am

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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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by Mkoll » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:45 am

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One would teach me the Dhamma in brief, so that, having heard the Dhamma from the Blessed One, I might dwell alone, withdrawn, diligent, ardent, and resolute.”
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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by Bundokji » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:26 am

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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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by Sam Vara » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:36 am

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

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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by clw_uk » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:49 am

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?
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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by Sam Vara » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:56 am

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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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by binocular » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:08 pm

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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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by Dinsdale » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:21 pm

What will happen when you die?
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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by Dinsdale » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:21 pm

Sam Vara wrote:"Could you please write down exactly what you meant by Paticca-samuppada, and then sign it?"
:clap:
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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by chownah » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:27 pm

Do you speak english?
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Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Post by Dinsdale » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:33 pm

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