Where is this quote from?

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Where is this quote from?

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Re: Where is this quote from?

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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby perkele » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:55 am

Thank you.

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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby Bonsai Doug » Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:29 am

That quote is always attributed to The Buddha, and the teaching of Causation,
but I don't have a reference as to where it is found.
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:08 am

If you look at 'Famous Quotes' sites (there are a lot of them on the net), you will find a lot of inauthentic quotes attributed to the Buddha. Anything that anyone isn't sure about is given his name if it sounds vaguely Eastern/mystical, is labelled 'the Bible' if it sounds Christian and old, 'Shakespeare' if non-religious and old, 'Oscar Wilde' or 'George Bernard Shaw' if it's witty and not obviously modern.
There's a lot of rubbish out there ... best to stick to reputable sources.
If you have a suspect quote which you nevertheless like, enter a chunk of it (e.g."If anyone thinks that the mesh of a net is an independent, isolated thing, he is mistaken") in your search field. If all the hits are rubbish sites, mentally label it 'anonymous'. If you get ATI or similar, you've found the source.

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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:54 am

The quote is in David N. Snyder's site:
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... _universes
so perhaps he has an exact reference.

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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:57 am

Greetings Mike,

... which in turn references...

"Gach. Gary. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Buddhism. Indianapolis, Indiana: Alpha Books, 2002."

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Retro. :)
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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:00 am

Yes, but what source does Gach reference?

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Re: Where is this quote from?

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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby cooran » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:35 am

Hello all,

Sounds a bit like the Mahayana Sutra:
THE AVATAMSAKA SUTRA
FRANCIS H. COOK: HUA-YEN BUDDHISM : THE JEWEL NET OF INDRA 1977 http://www.heartspace.org/misc/IndraNet.html

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Re: Where is this quote from?

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:18 am

I was intrigued enough (and, quite frankly, putting off doing some work :tongue: ) to run my own test (earlier post) on the quote.
That got me a *lot* of quotations sites and sites which have just picked up the quote to illustrate a non-dhamma point.
Adding "sutra" or "sutta" narrowed it down to half a dozen, of which the most reliable by far was .
This appears to be the original. It's a dharma book, but the quote is apparently not directly drawn from any sutra.

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