Posted by Branka (188.8.131.52) on August 21, 2000 at 21:27:05:
In Reply to: Re: Thank you Shane and Michael! posted by Michael Pollard on August 21, 2000 at 14:30:11:
: The Buddha had a number of ways to answer a question, one included silence. Now, I didn't read the sutra you may be refering to (Although I looked for it), but he likely answered your question like that. Why? Because it's an idea which is not conductive to release, and is likely to difficut to understand. Also, how can something without beggining (Universe) be explained? I can offer a thought. Perhaps delsuions developed in us because we weren't aware we could be diluted and thus weren't careful to avoid delusion. The only reason we work to reach our natural state is because we know we have one, and it's perfect. But those that are natural with out effort would be unaware they should be careful of delusions thus allowing them. Geez, make sense? Restate, we have delusions right now but know there's something better so we work to avoid and remove delusions, but if we'perfect and delusionless we would not be cautious of them, thus allowing them to develop. I Hope that makes sense, as Eisai, one teacher of
: Dogens, said "No Buddha is conscious of it's existence [of it's essential nature], while cats and oxens [the deluded] are aware of it." Metta, and I hope I answered with some degree of understanding.
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