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Posted: 12/28/2002 4:59:24 AM EDT
In a famous exchange with a farmer, the Buddha showed the persistent and pernicious nature of desire, the cause of all dukkha (suffering). The farmer said to the Buddha: "I like farming, but there are lots of problems. Sometimes it rains too much and my crops get flooded out. Sometimes it rains too little and they dry up..." The Buddha listened attentively until the farmer finished and changed the subject. "I love my wife," he said, "but she's far from perfect. Sometimes she's cold to me for no reason at all. Sometimes she's so passionate that she wears me out..." Again the Buddha listened patiently until the farmer changed subject again. "My children are wonderful," he rattled, "but they're always giving me trouble. Sometimes they fight with each other and break things. Sometimes they conspire against me..." And so it went for quite a while, the Buddha listening quietly and the man continuing to complain. Finally the farmer finished speaking, the Buddha said: "There's nothing I can do to help you, farmer. We've all got eighty-three problems, and that's that. Maybe you can take care of one, but another one is bound to take its place. And some persist, for example, your farm, your wife, your children, even yourself - all will eventually pass away, and there's nothing you can do about it." The farmer was outraged and said: "You're supposed to be a great teacher! What good is that teaching?" The Buddha replied: "It may help you with the eighty-fourth problem." "What on earth is the eighty-fourth problem?" asked the farmer. "You want not to have any problems," replied the Buddha.
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 5:03:02 AM EDT
Have you been listening to Alan Watts ? [:D]
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 5:11:02 AM EDT
Ahhh Grasshoppah, alan Watts was a mere mortal!
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 5:42:34 AM EDT
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