Posted by Sergio (18.104.22.168) on August 01, 2000 at 06:54:49:
In Reply to: Re: Philisophical discussion posted by seer on July 28, 2000 at 12:05:53:
In the Buddha’s life there is an anecdote of one of his students, who was trying to find “the truth” and he was seeking an answer for the typical philosophical questions: What is the truth?, which is the beginning of universe?, will I exist after death?, who I am?, is there an end and a beginning?, etc. He used to ask all these kind of questions to Buddha, but Buddha just answered him which kind of meditations he should practice. One day this student went with Buddha and told him: Ok, I can’t mediate because my mind is thinking about these topics all the time. If you don’t answer me these questions, I’ll quit the sangha.
So the Buddha replied:
Think about a man in the forest who is suddenly wounded by an arrow in his stomach. Several people try to help him, but he refuses to be helped. He says: before receiving healing, I first want to know who shoot this arrow, and I want to know why he did it, and I want to know how he did it, and I want to know where it came from, etc. Before he can get all these answers, he will die. He needs to find healing before answers. You are like that man my friend, you must see that your samsaric life is full of pain, and you should try to heal your mind because only the enlightenment mind is free from suffering. After that you can seek all the answers you want. The Buddha is like the doctor who will give you the medicine for healing. The Buddha only teaches about the truth of suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the path for happiness. The Buddha doesn’t teach other topics, even he has answers.
Hope it be useful.
: did you know that all the time i have been "searching for truth" has left me only with a bunch of extremely complex ideas about the nature of things, which have recently proved to be completely irrelevant, and to be even a hindrance to me? "when you seek it, you lose it."-pai-chang
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