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Re: Limitations? I Think Not.....Wisdom

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Posted by Glenn on November 15, 2000 01:17:33 UTC

You wrote:We limit our minds to think that we have these imagined limitations. To think that we can not ponder god is silly. Our imaginations can take our mind anywhere. We know of a fourth dimension of hyperspace, yet we live in the third dimension. How is such a thing possible when we can not see it or ever exist in it? Because our mind can conceive it. Our minds are wonderous tools that very few use. Religious people are the greatest of wasters of their mind for they waste their life trying to put meaning into their religion when they could be putting meaning into their life. So sad. Glad I'm not part of that.

Answer: I absolutey agree with your point of ideas. Many religiuos belief only depend on somewhat apart from him/her. They are following a belief without going deepened down what their beliefs they are practicing. And they are following what we call BLIND FAITH. On the other hand Buddhism is different. Buddhist faith is not a blind faith that rejects the criteria of reason or fanaticism, but a FAITH rooted in reason. It is in fact of rational function a process of Cultivation of wisdom that begins with a spirit of reverent searching. My practice of TRUE BUDDHISM of NIcheren Daishonin based on the philosohy of the Lotus Sutra, the highest of all Buddhist diverse sutras and the King of all sutras, is teaching us to have an independent FAITH. Our faith is like a force of nature and the greater our conviction that our prayers will be answered, and the stronger our faith, the more powerfully the universe responds to our prayer. It is a faith based on the MYSTIC LAW- the mystic truth that has always been within the lives of each individual and waiting to manifest and shine it brilliantly in our lives. Our faith colors our perception- the way we see the world as it really is. As we strenght our faith we manifest the Life and the behaviour of the BUDDHA. This is why relationship between FAith and perception is stressed above. Nicheren once wrote: " If we seek enlightenment or happiness outside ourselves, any discipline or good deed will be meaningless, What's worse, unless we percive the true, mystic and infinite nature of our life, our practice of this woderful Buddhism will become an endless, painful austerity "

Please read also this topic about the Buddha's wisdom and share me your ideas.I really appreciate it.

Buddha's wisdom is deep and profound extends as vast as the universe. In the Medicinal herbs chapter of the Lotus Sutra calls the Buddha possesing such wisdom " One who knows all things(LS5,98); and emphazes the BUddha's Wisdom, which is a wisdom that embraces all species". Such Knowledge sounds a lot like the faculty of omniscience that Christians attribute to GOD. As pointed out, In Christianity the perfect wisdom of the Creator is termed omniscience. The arguments seems to go that since all things were created by the divine being, he is all-knowing as people call it.
The Buddha's encompassing knowledge is not of this kind. There are variuos interpretations, but i believe that the Buddha's knowledge of all things consist of wisdom to completely and thoroughly understand all living beings and what teachings should expounded to them;and that he posesses this wisdom because of his compassion to lead all people to happiness. The Buddha's knowledge of all things could be called " wisdom that is at one with compassion "

Tientai, a Buddhist scholar, or CHIh-I(4 A.D) of China interprets " One who knows all things " as indicating one who posseses in his or her heart the three kinds of wisdom: the wisdom to understand the universal aspect of all phenomena, the wisdom to understand the individual aspects of all phenomena, the wisdom to understand both the universal and individual aspects of all phenomena as well as the Truth that permeates them.
Of these, the wisdom understand the universal aspect of all phenomena is the wisdom to percieve the truth of nonsubstantiality. It indicates the wisdom to understand that, in essence, all things are nonsubstantial and and impermanent without discrimination. This is the wisdom of voice-hearers and and pratyekabuddhas, and it is also called the wisdom of nonsubstantiality.
The wisdom to understand the individual aspects of all phenomena is the wisdom to percieve the truth of temporary existence. This is the wisdom of bodhisattvas who, based the realization that all things are essenmtially nonsubstantial, understand the diversity of individual entities the temporarily come to existence. Bodhisattvas require this wisdom because they have to lead poeople to happiness amid the realities of Life.
The wisdom to understand both the universal and individual aspect of all phenomena is the wisdom of the Buddha, who posseses the wisdom of both the universal and individual aspects of all phenomena and can employ them at will and without error. This is the wisdom of the Middle Way(this is what other call it as DHARMA(LAW), which means the truth, justice,freedom etc....which has taught by Shakyamuni BUDDHA and his true DHARMA Is embodied in the LOTUS SUTRA.

THe LOTUS SUTRA teaching us that we had the Buddha nature within us.To place supreme value of HUMAN BEING is the teaching of the LOTUS SUTRA. It is ,indeed , a HUMANISM of BUddhist LAW. The Buddha nature or the world of Buddhahood is not abstract or a mere intellect. It is, however, a process and the journey of cultivating in the truly depths of our being. The true state of the Buddha's Life is one of endlessly seeking self improvement, in which wisdom deepens compasssion and compassion deepens wisdon. It is a process of boundlessly and continously striving for perfection. The two wheels of that will to perfection which carry it along on its eternal journey, are faith and understanding.

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