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Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Wisdom of Ajahn Buddhadasa.

For Ajahn Buddhadasa the way to end suffering could only be found through suffering. He described Nibbana as “the coolest point in the furnace.”

-Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism (Spring 2006 by Santikaro).

"Those who have penetrated to the highest understanding will feel that the thing called "religion" doesn't exist after all. There is no Buddhism; there is no Christianity; there is no Islam. How can they be the same or in conflict when they don't even exist?"

-Ajahn Buddhadasa.

~Peace to all beings~

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Tim said...

James, I love this post. It is wisdom at it peak.

G said...

Ajahn Buddhadasa was both a great & somewhat controversial figure here in Thailand, James. He had very modern & radical social takes on the implications of living in the light of the Dharma.

And yes, Ajahn Sumedho told me much the same thing once, that to realize what he calls 'ultimate simplicity', even Buddhism must be let go of in the end. This is the beginning of the enlightened life.

G at 'Buddha Space'.

Dhamma81 said...

Controversial or not there is a lot of wisdom in Ajahn Buddhadasa and his teachings. I think "Coolest point in the furnace" is a wise reflection. Wishing you well.

Jackson said...

I'm glad to see a quote from a Theravada teacher on this blog. Way to mix it up!

I agree with Tim that these are wise words. I haven't "penetrated to the highest understanding" in my meditation practice (yet), but I see how this statement captures the essence of Buddhist psychology. If duality is an illusion, a trick of the mind, than so is the source of our religious conflict.

Any thoughts?

They call him James Ure said...

Thanks everyone for the comments. Jackson, I think you're right on about "If duality is an illusion, a trick of the mind, than so is the source of our religious conflict."

Anonymous said...

I wonder Who created this world, heaven and hell, if it is not GOD, then it just merely exist by itself?

Sitting under a tree and think of all this, which makes someone GOD. i think i should do that also.

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