[zeph] Digest #6
- Zeph&Frens Digest #6
(J)ames: It may sound really interesting and entertaining, but I have
decided that it
is not necessary for you to know.
S: Are you sure it may sound really interesting and entertaining? You make
me so curious. Please let us know more.
J: Round off: Just came back from a backpack in Thailand, which get me a
interested and curious in Buddhism. Been recommended some literature, and
have read with interest. What really interest me about Buddhism is that
while Christians friends have so much emphasized the reality of self or ego,
and the continuity of it to all eternity either in heaven or hell, Buddhism
teaches that there is really no self, a very interesting and curious point
(or insight, shall I say?) which coincide with my phenomenological research.
Can't really find Buddhist books on this particular area as all books that I
browse in bookshop tend to be too general for my field of interest. Any
recommendations is welcomed.
S: Please visit the Buddhist Library @
Address: No. 2, Lorong 24A Geylang Road, Singapore 398526
Telephone: (65)746-8435. It has a great collection of books, including what
you are looking for.
J: Reading the life of Buddha tells me that he was a man of incredible
self-control (long years of practiced self-control and 'purification of the
mind'); he mastered (through sublimation or meditation?) all of the beastly,
destructive; especially the self-destructive drives within himself, the
all-too-human passions and fears. He left the comfort, luxury and security
of a princely life for 'truth', so that he could benefit not only himself,
but all sentient beings. It was a noble act on his part. In him, one
appreciates strength of one who does not look for it; unlike the great
conquerors who used political power, he was simple, mild and pleasant,
without the least desire to rule (though the rights was his, being a
prince) --- he gave man the dignity and respect to choose for themselves. He
need not lift his finger and we can appreciate power within such, even if,
during his lifetime, he bury himself quietly in a park (?). I still think of
him as a human being --- but one of the highest specimen of man there is,
past, present or future, one of the true human being. Thanks for the
sharing, the positive ones as well as the negative comments on me.
S: It is simple- as you said, the Buddha is the highest specimen of man
there is, past, present or future, one of the true human being. He is the
peak of physical and spiritual evolution. It is exactly this which renders
him a non-human- a Buddha- belonging to a race of Enlightened beings. He is
not "just another man" on the street. And his experience tells us we can
become Buddhas too.