Posted by Tim (220.127.116.11) on October 17, 2000 at 08:36:24:
In Reply to: Knowledge posted by Jon on October 17, 2000 at 06:47:08:
I think that you'll find the Buddha made no distinction between cosmology and ordinary life. For him, there was no dividing line. Therefore, when he knew himself, he knew everything. This is where words fail to express anything meaningful, because when you cross to the realm of ultimate being, the existence there can't be described in words.
What I hear you asking for is some kind of intellectual peg on which you can hang your hat of belief. While Buddhist traditions have such intellectualizations, most emphasize that they're only of interest to students, not to masters. An enlightened master knows one thing completely, so he knows everything. To ask for cosmological explanations is to ask that the ultimate Oneness be explained in pieces. That can be done, but only to a certain point. After that, you have to experience it for yourself.
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