If you met the Awakened One

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If you met the Awakened One

Post by Ceisiwr » 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?

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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by SarathW » Wed May 15, 2019 6:17 am

Did you teach re-birth and Kamma? if so prove to me that you are right.
:D
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by Srilankaputra » Wed May 15, 2019 6:51 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
:rofl:

If you don't prove it to me I am going strait back home.
O seeing one,we for refuge go to thee!
O mighty sage do thou our teacher be!

Paccuppannañca yo dhammaṃ,
Tattha tattha vipassati

“Yato yato mano nivāraye,
Na dukkhameti naṃ tato tato;
Sa sabbato mano nivāraye,
Sa sabbato dukkhā pamuccatī”ti.

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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by Ceisiwr » 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?

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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by SarathW » Wed May 15, 2019 8:03 am

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.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by JamesTheGiant » Wed May 15, 2019 8:14 am

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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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by mikenz66 » Wed May 15, 2019 9:51 am

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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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by Pseudobabble » Wed May 15, 2019 10:06 am

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?"

"A 'position,' Vaccha, is something that a Tathagata has done away with. What a Tathagata sees is this: 'Such is form, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is feeling, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is perception...such are fabrications...such is consciousness, such its origination, such its disappearance.'" - Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta


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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by Sol » Wed May 15, 2019 4:54 pm

- "How am I?"

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

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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by JMGinPDX » 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. :)

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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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by budo » 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.

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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by JMGinPDX » 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.............
Right now, it's like this...

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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by budo » Fri May 17, 2019 11:23 pm

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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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by cappuccino » Fri May 17, 2019 11:27 pm

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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Re: If you met the Awakened One

Post by bodom » Fri May 17, 2019 11:33 pm

What practicing Buddhist tradition today got it right..or the closest. :tongue:

:anjali:
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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