Zen Story #1: The Pointer The Zen teacher’s dog loved his evening romp with his master. The dog would bound ahead to fetch a stick, then run back, wag his tail, and wait for the next game. On this particular evening, the teacher invited one of his brightest students to join him – a boy so intelligent that he became troubled by the contradictions in Buddhist doctrine. “You must understand,” said the teacher, “that words are only guideposts. Never let the words or symbols get in the way of…
Footprint of the Buddha. Sikri, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province 2nd–3rd century CE. Schist H. 37 x W. 19 11/16 x D. 1 3/4 in. (94 x 50 x 4.5 cm). Lahore Museum, G-124 The footprint of the Buddha (buddhapada) was one of the earliest symbols used in Buddhist art. It stands for his former physical presence and is an object of profound veneration. The swastikas at the tips of the toes and the omega symbol on the heel are auspicious symbols. The central wheel represents the Buddhist doctrine.
Many Christians are woefully uninformed as to what Buddhists actually believe. Some "christian" leaders, instead of boldly proclaiming the gospel of Christ, are teaching that there should be harmony and cooperation between Buddhist doctrine and the Christian faith. If you study what Buddhism teaches, however, you must conclude that there can be no harmony between the two. They are opposite in almost every way and one would have to deny Christ and the Bible in order to embrace Buddhism.
THE ACTUAL NATURE OF THE MIND Don’t think of Buddhism as some kind of narrow, closed-minded belief system. It isn’t. Buddhist doctrine is not a historical fabrication derived through imagination and mental speculation, but an accurate psychological explanation of the actual nature of the mind. ❤︎ Lama Yeshe