Is the secret to life really found in a fortune cookie?

Discussion in 'Eastern Philosophy' started by Why?, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. Why? Registered Senior Member

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    Smart is finding out that you can't find it all.
     
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  3. Why? Registered Senior Member

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    Are you old? You are old! Two statements - both elicting a response. The former asking for a response. The later demanding a response if you seem offended by the statement. Both are questions in the sense they elict a response.
     
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  5. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    Smart is making the attempt and finding as much as possible, never stopping learning.
     
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  7. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    And that's apropos of ...?
     
  8. shichimenshyo Caught in the machine Registered Senior Member

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    Yes being smart is pursuing knowledge not realizing you will never know everything, I would venture a guess that most people know that already
     
  9. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    A response to nothing.
     
  10. Why? Registered Senior Member

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    I am sure there are enough topics in the world to keep you busy in your library until you die. The smart know when to leave the library.
     
  11. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    NOT realising?
    Or did you mean realising?
    So what?
    Knowing you'll never know everything is no excuse for not continuing.
     
  12. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    You left many eons ago I see.
     
  13. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    The truly smart carry it with them.
     
  14. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    I think you'll find as Buddhism assimiliated into native cultures, and due to it's non-fundamentalist nature, it left plenty of room for such concepts. Tibetan Buddhism is particularly rich in pre-Buddhist mythology. However, they are not central to Buddha's teachings, and believing in them is not a requirement. My favorite sect is Zen Buddhism, so I tend to represent this interpretation. They are free of theistic concepts.
     
  15. Why? Registered Senior Member

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    So, is Buddhism just a worn out ancient theistic concept?
     
  16. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    To you it must be.
     
  17. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    In essence, the concept of God or Gods is absent from Buddhism. It's ability to incorporate local traditions could be viewed as a strength.
     
  18. Why? Registered Senior Member

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    The chicken and the egg. Which came first, atheistic Buddhism or theistic Buddhism? So, the atheistic Buddhism incorporated the local theistic traditions? Or, was it the other way around.
     
  19. shichimenshyo Caught in the machine Registered Senior Member

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    we are just giving him power to troll by responding...
     
  20. Why? Registered Senior Member

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    Power? What power? Just stop responding you Pavlovian dog!
     
  21. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    I don't think there is theistic Buddhism. Some people are atheists simply because they have no concept or opinion about God(s), this is how Buddhism is. It doesn't specifically exclude local mythology, but it's not really about that.
     
  22. Why? Registered Senior Member

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    What did Buddha have to say about gods?
     
  23. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    Not much. Ask lightgigantic.
     

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