BUDDHA: the root of all suffering is attachment

If you think about it all of the great Traditions teach three things; AWAKEN more; DETACH more; SERVE others better.

THere are so many ‘false’ Buddha quotes did the Buddha teach that ‘the root of all suffering is attachment’

Bodhipaksa, on the Fake Buddha Quotes site says;

This precise wording wasn’t familiar to me, and I’d assumed that it was an interpretation of Buddhist teaching rather than something the Buddha said himself, but there is a saying from the Pali canon, upadhi dukkhassa mūlanti, which means “Attachment is the root of suffering.” So this is a genuine canonical quote.

You’ll find it in this sutta, but translated by Thanissaro as “Acquisition is the root of stress.” His translations are rather idiosyncratic, and he regularly renders “dukkha” (pain, suffering, unsatisfactoriness) as “stress.”

In this translation of the same sutta it’s “acquisition is the root of suffering.”

Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation (not available online, but in The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, page 868) has “attachment is the root of suffering,” although he sometimes has “acquisition” in place of “attachment,” in various repetitions of the phrase.

My Pali dictionary gives upadhi as “clinging to rebirth (as impeding spiritual progress), attachment (almost syn. with kilesa or taṇhā…).”

So attachment is the root of suffering” is a perfectly fine translation.”


SOURCE: Fake Buddha Quotes – “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha!” is HERE – http://fakebuddhaquotes.com/the-root-of-suffering-is-attachment/

THICH NHAT HANH: Buddha’s teaching as a finger pointing to the moon

In his book ” Old Path, White Clouds”, Thich Nhat Hanh tells the story of the Buddha.

The Buddha says “my teaching is not a dogma or a doctrine, but no doubt some people will take it as such.”

The Buddha goes on to say;

“I must state clearly that my teaching is a method to experience reality and not reality itself, just as a finger pointing at the moon is not the moon itself.

A thinking person makes use of the finger to see the moon. A person who only looks at the finger and mistakes it for the moon will never see the real moon.”

SOURCE: http://www.buddha101.com/p_path.htm

POETRY: ‘The Lark’ by Mary Oliver

‘The Lark’ – by Mary Oliver

And I have seen,
at dawn,
the lark
spin out of the long grass

and into the pink air —
its wings,
which are neither wide
nor overstrong,

fluttering —
the pectorals
ploughing and flashing
for nothing but altitude —

and the song
all the while
from the red throat.

And then he descends,
and is sorry.
His little head hangs
and he pants for breath

for a few moments
among the hoops of the grass,
which are crisp and dry,
where most of his living is done —

and then something summons him again
and up he goes,
his shoulders working,
his whole body almost collapsing and floating

to the edges of the world.
We are reconciled, I think,
to too much.
Better to be a bird, like this one —

an ornament of the eternal.
As he came down once, to the nest of the grass,
“Squander the day, but save the soul,”
I heard him say.

— from What Do We Know: Poems and Prose Poems, by Mary Oliver

SOURCE: http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/blog/2016/01/27/mary-oliver-the-lark-2/#comment-791422

NISARGADATTA: Be what you are – quotes from “I am that”

YouTube: – A few quotes by Nisargadatta Maharaj from the book “I am that”. To be aware of the consciousness “I am” can be practiced at any time and at any place.

RYOKAN: poem ‘You stop to point at the moon in the sky’

‘You stop to point at the moon in the sky’ – by Ryokan English version by Sam Hamill

You stop to point at the moon in the sky,
but the finger’s blind unless the moon is shining.

One moon, one careless finger pointing —
are these two things or one?

The question is a pointer guiding
a novice from ignorance thick as fog.

Look deeper. The mystery calls and calls:
No moon, no finger — nothing there at all.

— from The Poetry of Zen: (Shambhalla Library), Edited by Sam Hamill / Edited by J. P. Seaton


Another version;

You stop to point at the moon in the sky,
But the finger is blind, unless the moon is shining.
One moon, one careless finger pointing, Are these two things or one?
Look deeper, the mystery calls and calls,
No moon, no finger, Nothing there at all.

(Ryokan 1758-1831)