Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wisdom and Knowledge

What's the difference of wisdom and knowledge in Buddhism?


Interesting question. Let me develop the answer to it in steps.

From dimensional (maana=rules) perspective, there are raw data.
When you process them, you get information.

From a living mind's perspective, intelligence is the ability to learn.
By learning you accumulate knowledge.

In Buddhism, knowledge is called Gjnaana, meaning generation. (generate thinking)
President/greatest form of Gjnaana is Pra+Gjnaana.

Learning is called a+dhyana status.
Complete the learning is dhyana status. (know everything)

When you know nothing (complete ignorance) or know everything, you do not try to learn everything.
We learn only when we know something about everything.

Normally in knowledge, we try to understand (stand-under) everything (completeness).

When we over-stand everything, we see the big picture of everything.
That form of knowledge is called wisdom (Buddhi or Buddha).

Therefore, Buddha is not a historical figure in usage world, but a symbolical figure in system world.

If you want to manage & control something, it is a must to get over it.
If you get under it, you will be controlled by it.

If we are restless to gain knowledge by under-standing, we can have rest (Vivekam) to see the known big picture by over-standing.

Therefore, Buddhi is wisdom & Gjnaana is knowledge.

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