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If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 6:09 am
by Ceisiwr
If you met the Buddha and had the chance to ask only one question what would you ask?

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 6:17 am
by SarathW
Did you teach re-birth and Kamma? if so prove to me that you are right.
:D

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 6:51 am
by Srilankaputra
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
:rofl:

If you don't prove it to me I am going strait back home.

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 7:02 am
by Ceisiwr
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?

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:03 am
by SarathW
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.

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:14 am
by JamesTheGiant
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...

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 9:51 am
by mikenz66
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.
:heart:
Mike

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 10:06 am
by Pseudobabble
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.

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 4:54 pm
by Sol
- "How am I?"

The courtesy of asking how things are becomes a deep inquiry.

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 7:48 pm
by JMGinPDX
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.

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 7:57 pm
by budo
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.

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 8:06 pm
by JMGinPDX
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.............

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 11:23 pm
by budo
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.

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 11:27 pm
by cappuccino
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

Re: If you met the Awakened One

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 11:33 pm
by bodom
What practicing Buddhist tradition today got it right..or the closest. :tongue:

:anjali: