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Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:06 am

Can the complete teachings of the Buddha be assessed in a -{easy/medium/difficult]- fashion? . .
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Josef » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:11 am

They could be but it really depends on the individual who is assessing.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Will » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:10 am

Wesley1982 wrote:Can the complete teachings of the Buddha be assessed in a -{easy/medium/difficult]- fashion? . .


Yes.

Here is an easy assessment from the Dhammapada:

Verse 183: Not to do evil, to cultivate merit, to purify one's mind - this is the Teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby catmoon » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:57 pm

Wesley1982 wrote:Can the complete teachings of the Buddha be assessed in a -{easy/medium/difficult]- fashion? . .


Easy. For example here is my assessment of the teachings of Buddha:

Good. Good. Very good. Yup good no problems there. Good teaching. Uh huh. Yup. That's just fine. Really good....
Sergeant Schultz knew everything there was to know.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby bodhipunk » Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:52 pm

Here's another assessment straight from Buddha himself, "Both formerly and now, it is only dukkha that I describe, and the cessation of dukkha."
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Malcolm » Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:04 pm

Wesley1982 wrote:Can the complete teachings of the Buddha be assessed in a -{easy/medium/difficult]- fashion? . .



All conditioned things are impermanent.
All afflicted things are suffering.
All things lack identity.
Nirvana is peace.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:58 pm

bodhipunk wrote:Here's another assessment straight from Buddha himself, "Both formerly and now, it is only dukkha that I describe, and the cessation of dukkha."


Dukkha is called one of the 4 noble truths. Correct?
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Malcolm » Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:05 pm

Wesley1982 wrote:
bodhipunk wrote:Here's another assessment straight from Buddha himself, "Both formerly and now, it is only dukkha that I describe, and the cessation of dukkha."


Dukkha is called one of the 4 noble truths. Correct?



Sarvadukkham -- suffering is everywhere.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:05 pm

Why no 'Spiritual Law' or 'laws' ? . .
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Will » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:44 pm

Wesley1982 wrote:Why no 'Spiritual Law' or 'laws' ? . .


Not sure what you mean by 'spiritual law'. Yet the Four Noble Truths that Buddha taught (for example) are a lawful pattern.

1) Suffering
2) Cause of suffering
3) End of suffering
4) Path to the end of suffering
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:03 pm

Will wrote:
Wesley1982 wrote:Why no 'Spiritual Law' or 'laws' ? . .


Not sure what you mean by 'spiritual law'. Yet the Four Noble Truths that Buddha taught (for example) are a lawful pattern.

1) Suffering
2) Cause of suffering
3) End of suffering
4) Path to the end of suffering


ok,

In the Sutra Studies section of the forum ~ What does Buddhism say about the 5 senses? sight,hearing,smell,taste, and touch
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Jikan » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:09 pm

Many things. To start with, there are six senses: the conventional five, plus the mind, which "senses" objects of consciousness (mindstuff).

What would you like to know about the senses?
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:44 pm

Jikan wrote:Many things. To start with, there are six senses: the conventional five, plus the mind, which "senses" objects of consciousness (mindstuff).

What would you like to know about the senses?


Are the senses related to the Dharma?
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Will » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:54 pm

Wesley,

What books or articles or classes or websites have informed you about Buddhism, before you came to Dharma Wheel?
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:56 am

I purchased one book. 'The Awakened One' A life of Buddha by Sherab Chodzim Kohn. Otherwise, I was just naturally receptive to it.

No official teacher or instruction taken yet.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:04 am

what does a bodhi tree look like?
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Will » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:13 am

Wesley1982 wrote:what does a bodhi tree look like?


Use Google Image search and you will see many.
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby kirtu » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:21 am

Wesley1982 wrote:what does a bodhi tree look like?


A bodhi/bo tree in Hawaii ...

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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby Wesley1982 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:29 am

can anyone on earth become a buddhist? . .
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Re: Question ~ Answer Thread

Postby kirtu » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:40 am

Wesley1982 wrote:can anyone on earth become a buddhist? . .


Yes but it would be better for people to become Buddhas ....

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