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Old January 14th, 2016, 07:41 PM   #1
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General knowledge about Buddha

post something about buddha. an anecdote, something that happened to him, something he did. without google. without using any search engine or looking up any website or any book just using your own current store of general knowledge inside your head.

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post something about buddha. an anecdote, something that happened to him, something he did. without google. without using any search engine or looking up any website or any book just using your own current store of general knowledge inside your head.
Some claim that during Jesus unrecorded years between young child and adult he went to India and counseled with Buddha.
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Old January 14th, 2016, 08:18 PM   #3
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the buddha was said to have lived to be 80 years old and died from food poisoning, rotted meat given to him as an offering. it is said that he knew that the meat was spoiled but ate it anyways. the buddha never claimed to be a god, nor do any of his followers make that claim. it is said that he was born a prince, sheltered from the evils of the world. on trips outside the city walls he witnessed human suffering. he then decided to leave the palace to try to find an answer for suffering. that is what the buddha has claimed to have done. enlightenment is understanding, feeling and being the oneness w/ everything and the bliss in the nothingness.

the story of the buddha was told oral for many years, w/o looking it up I'm not sure but i think it was centuries before monks started to write down the precepts. in buddhism there is to be only now. buddhist monuments pre date christianity by 1500 years (maybe its 500)

there are many similarities between the buddhas teachings and those of the christ. so much that there are theories that the missing time in the bible of the christ some think he may have gone further east and studied w/ buddhists. there is a good book called "living buddha, living christ" that examines some of the similarities between the traditions. buddhists have 5 precepts vs the christians 10 commandments but then again they don't have a god.

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There is more than one Buddha. There are female Buddhas. The first Buddha we hear of was Gautama. He was an Indian prince who lived in a bubble behind palace walls and when he ventured outside and saw the suffering of the people he felt his purpose was to find a way to end suffering. He left his life at the palace and set forth on that task. He found the "Middle Way" was the answer to ending pain and suffering because it was the way between fear and desire. he became fully enlightened while meditating under the Bodhi tree and a philosophy was born around him stressing mindfulness, compassion for all and living the dharma as being the way to enlightenment and out of the realms of rebirth and illusion. We are all one and separateness is an illusion. One of the best philosophies to live by and try to emulate is that of the Buddha.
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"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single flame, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared." Buddha
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post something about buddha. an anecdote, something that happened to him, something he did. without google. without using any search engine or looking up any website or any book just using your own current store of general knowledge inside your head.
Buddha isn't a person. It's a consciousness inside you. Siddhartha was the man who achieved enlightenment in one life time. That created buddhism.

Why would you not know a thing about buddha and then post about it?
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Some of my best understandings of Buddhist teachings came from "The Snow Leopard" by Peter Matthiessen. The concept of "not doing" or not trying resonates perfectly. It explains why "do gooders" of all stripes seldom do any good.

Also, the teaching that attachment is the source of all suffering rings true at this point in my life. When younger, I rejected this teaching. With age, and presumably some wisdom, I see indeed it is attachment and the resulting fear of loss that undergirds suffering.

Lastly, the Buddhist concept of a Bodhisattva intrigues me. In general, a Bodhisattva is a being on the path to being a Buddha. One type of Bodhisattva is a being who delays his or her achieving Buddhahood until the time when all sentient beings do so. A Bodhisattva thus chooses to experience samsara even though his or her life path frees him or her from reincarnation, the cycle of death and rebirth and of course, suffering.

I didn't do justice to the Bodhisattva concept. It's quite complex, but the idea that a being who's headed for liberation from samsara instead chooses, from a deep compassion for others trapped in samsara, to continue reincarnating to help others liberate themselves seems an ultimate expression of love and compassion.
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Buddha isn't a person. It's a consciousness inside you. Siddhartha was the man who achieved enlightenment in one life time. That created buddhism.

Why would you not know a thing about buddha and then post about it?
Please LW let's not create conflict here. Please? HD just asked us to recount something about Buddhism from memory. No need for cross-examination.
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Some of my best understandings of Buddhist teachings came from "The Snow Leopard" by Peter Matthiessen. The concept of "not doing" or not trying resonates perfectly. It explains why "do gooders" of all stripes seldom do any good.

Also, the teaching that attachment is the source of all suffering rings true at this point in my life. When younger, I rejected this teaching. With age, and presumably some wisdom, I see indeed it is attachment and the resulting fear of loss that undergirds suffering.

Lastly, the Buddhist concept of a Bodhisattva intrigues me. In general, a Bodhisattva is a being on the path to being a Buddha. One type of Bodhisattva is a being who delays his or her achieving Buddhahood until the time when all sentient beings do so. A Bodhisattva thus chooses to experience samsara even though his or her life path frees him or her from reincarnation, the cycle of death and rebirth and of course, suffering.

I didn't do justice to the Bodhisattva concept. It's quite complex, but the idea that a being who's headed for liberation from samsara instead chooses, from a deep compassion for others trapped in samsara, to continue reincarnating to help others liberate themselves seems an ultimate expression of love and compassion.
Sorry HD, I see I didn't relate an anecdote as you asked. Honestly, I don't know one.
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Old January 15th, 2016, 11:55 AM   #10
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Buddha isn't a person. It's a consciousness inside you. Siddhartha was the man who achieved enlightenment in one life time. That created buddhism.

Why would you not know a thing about buddha and then post about it?
why do you post anything?


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