Posted by SkySitter (18.104.22.168) on October 21, 2000 at 02:51:24:
In Reply to: Knowledge posted by Jon on October 17, 2000 at 06:47:08:
: Hi everyone!
: I read somewhere that one of the least skillful questions you can ask is what special powers a Buddha has. Please forgive me then for the following question, and please understand I have reasons for asking it, which I'll explain shortly.
: Does a Buddha know EVERYTHING there is to know, including all the cosmology of the universe etc., or does He/She only know everything about the mind? The reason I'm asking is that I want to know whether I can put my trust in the buddhas teachings about the cosmology of the universe - reincarnation, no creator God etc. These issues are important to me though I suspect they are not as important to all of you. The other aspects of Buddhism - mainly how to end suffering, are obviously more important to me, but the cosmological issues are too. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
: Thankyou all my friends,
Please read Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta fot the question-and-answer
If I am to meet Buddha today, I am not going to ask him/her questions like: what's going on for the stock markets, how am I going to lost some weight, what do I do to get my candidate elected, how am I going to my promotion.
No, I am not going to ask that kind of questions, even he/she might have the right answer for it.
Mahayana has an analogy for this situation: coming to the beach (seashore) to count the (number of grains of) sands.
If I mean Buddha on a beach, I am not going to challenge him/her: what is the exact number of grains of sands on this very beach.
I saw on a tape about Nepal (the tiny country between CHina and India). The reporter watched a Lama teaching. Then, he had an interview.
When the interview is over, the reporter asked: "Can you recommend a few beatiful temples that we can film to show them to the viewers back home?"
The Lama was laughing hard (you know the kind of laughter if you have ever seen H.H. Dalai Lama): "I don't know. You will have to ask a tour guide on that."
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