PadmaVonSamba wrote:Tell me, why does it matter if what we call 'dharma" was actually taught by Sakyamuni or not?
I am not saying it doesn't matter--and i am not saying it does.
If you think it does, then i want to know the reason why.
This might seem like a pretty dumb question if you have a quick answer.
But then, ask "why is the reason (given by your answer) important?
And then, why is the reason in that answer important?
I would really like some good answers to this.
My coarse mind cannot see clear in the meaning of words/practices, is colored by ideas. And then sure that understanding needs no any and no any research at all, as adding opinions or deleting opinions.. is nothing more than my own shit, my own defilement. Scratching in the earth to find the sky.
"Buddha" is not like "Jesus", the true only son of God. If only one was awakenen, than all are sleeping heads running behind.
Teachers are there to help.
In case of doubt maybe by Buddhism is spreading in the west, north, south...and many back grounds, we can investigate respectfully or are helped here by those discussions and give us certainty and others as well.
Possible it can be very good to dig through, to undo all our doubts, and to see the game of ownership of truth.
"Despite the fact that we are a ceaselessly transforming stream, interdependent with other beings and the whole world, we imagine that there exists in us an unchanging entity that characterizes us and that we must protect and please. A thorough analysis of this reveals that it is only a fictitious mental construct".
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche.