August 13, 2020

The Buddha said: “And what is the noble quest? It’s when someone who is themselves subject to rebirth, understanding the drawbacks in being subject to rebirth, seeks the unborn supreme shelter, full liberation. Themselves subject to old age, sickness, death, sorrow, and corruption, understanding the drawbacks in these things, they seek the unaging, unailing, undying, sorrowless, uncorrupted supreme shelter, full liberation. This is the noble quest” (MN 26). A quest is a long or arduous search for something important that… Read more

August 11, 2020

If you are a Buddhist you should be interested in what the Buddha said. But it might surprise you to find out that it is a controversial question. But the evidence is clear. We have to be clear what question we are asking. I am not asking if the Mahayana sutras are true, helpful, insightful, or inspiring. What I am asking is, do the Mahayana sutras originate with the historical Buddha? This is what I mean by asking if they… Read more

August 8, 2020

The Buddha, like Jesus and Socrates, never wrote anything down. So how do we know what the Buddha taught? The answer might surprise you. So what does it mean that we don’t have the words of Buddha, Jesus, or Socrates? It means that we have to rely on what others say that they said. For example, the Gospel of Luke is what Luke says Jesus said. But since he didn’t know Jesus in his earthly life, he had to go… Read more

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