Western Sober Buddha

My EuroAmerican friends have invented a Buddha in their own image. He is a sober Buddha. In truth, Buddha spoke about some super wild stuff.

SN 9:11

I have heard that on one occasion a certain monk was dwelling among the Kosalans in a forest thicket. Now at that time, he spent the day’s abiding thinking evil, unskillful thoughts: i.e., thoughts of sensuality, thoughts of ill will, thoughts of doing harm.

Then the devata (“God”, westerners might like to think “Angel” or “Spirit”) inhabiting the forest thicket, feeling sympathy for the monk, desiring his benefit, desiring to bring him to his senses, approached him and addressed him with this verse:

From inappropriate attention you’re being chewed by your thoughts. Relinquishing what’s inappropriate, contemplate appropriately. Keeping your mind on the Teacher, the Dhamma, the Sangha, your virtues, you will arrive at joy, rapture, pleasure without doubt. Then, saturated with joy, you will put an end to suffering & stress.

The monk, chastened by the devata, came to his senses.

The Angel comes and advises the monk. WTF?

The Spirit teaches the monk:

Practice ceaseless mindfulness! Walk through joy into rapture, while in rapture experience true pleasure, experiencing true pleasure you will become totally saturated with joy and put an end to suffering and distress forever in a moment!

And, if you look deep enough you see the foundations for Pure Land Buddhism. Pure Land Buddhism is, essentially, the practice of ‘keeping the mind on the Teacher’.

Listen to the spirits!

Remember that your ideas of ‘real’ and ‘unreal’ are only ideas.

You want it to be all dry and sterile!?

Buddha didn’t live that way.

Buddha found a type of pleasure that was conducive to liberation and practiced,

and taught others to practice,

this way of saturating being with joy.

Remain open.

Udana 8:3

I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near S›vatthı at Jeta’s Grove, Anathapindika’s monastery. And on that occasion the Blessed One was instructing, urging, rousing, & encouraging the monks with Dhamma talk concerned with unbinding.

The monks—receptive, attentive, focusing their entire awareness, lending ear—listened to the Dhamma.

Then, on realizing the significance of that, the Blessed One on that occasion exclaimed: There is, monks, an unborn —unbecome—unmade—unfabricated. If there were not that unborn—unbecome—unmade— unfabricated, there would not be the case that escape from the born—become—made—fabricated would be discerned. But precisely because there is an unborn—unbecome—unmade— unfabricated, escape from the born—become—made—fabricated is discerned.

This unbecome,

this is GnoTruth.

The end.

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