Discussion in 'Eastern Philosophy' started by Why?, Aug 29, 2007.
Smart is finding out that you can't find it all.
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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.
Smart is making the attempt and finding as much as possible, never stopping learning.
And that's apropos of ...?
Yes being smart is pursuing knowledge not realizing you will never know everything, I would venture a guess that most people know that already
A response to nothing.
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.
Or did you mean realising?
Knowing you'll never know everything is no excuse for not continuing.
You left many eons ago I see.
The truly smart carry it with them.
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.
So, is Buddhism just a worn out ancient theistic concept?
To you it must be.
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.
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.
we are just giving him power to troll by responding...
Power? What power? Just stop responding you Pavlovian dog!
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.
What did Buddha have to say about gods?
Not much. Ask lightgigantic.
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