As seen in a previous post, via Tricycle Editors Blog, there has been some talk about HHDL’s comments on the Sea Shephards and their work to stop illegal whaling in the Antarctic by the Japanese. I just wanted to make a quick point, and say just how much I truly appreciate the Buddha’s teachings when it comes to questioning, or disagreeing with our elders or teachers.
The Buddha himself, quoted here from the Kalama Sutra, says we should doubt and question things…
It is proper for you, Kalamas, to doubt, to be uncertain; uncertainty has arisen in you about what is doubtful. Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability…
Not that we need permission to doubt or question things, but it’s nice to know that it is part of the overall teachings. That is one of the main things that drew me to this path. Without the ability to question, we are blindly following something just for the reason to say we are. Buddhism is more of a practice, something we do, not just for the sake of doing it.
Buddhism teaches us to seek our own enlightenment, to question what we know to make it work. It is believed, that within us all, we all have Buddha nature. We can all reach the same place, we just have to be committed to following it.
The key, and reason for this entry, is to question things. What your path is might be all well and good for YOU, but maybe it’s not something that will work for others and vice versa.