Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Forest in Buddhism

Question: [Sang]

Was buddha not disturbed by wild animals and insects when meditating in the forest?

not to mention rain / cold /chill /hot , etc...personal hygiene

The answer is Neither YES nor NO, because we should not mix terms in 2 different systems.

In common usage the term 'forest' is a dense growth of trees where wild animals and insects live.

The Pali term 'vaṇa/vāna' refers to: 'forest' as well as a 'wound' like a rash.

The symbolic meaning is 'growth'.
In Buddhism, 'vaṇa' is 'growth of defilement' or 'cravings'.

The word to the Pāli Buddhist forms a connection between vana and nibbāna, which is felt as a quâsi derivation fr. nibbana= nis+vana.

It is important to clarify that Buddhist Cosmology (31 planes of existence) is a separate model to explain the 'dependent origination or existence of ideas' in Buddhism. It is NOT what Nasa is researching using Rockets.

Buddhism is 'Akalika'. Therefore, popular meaning as history of Buddhism is fake and has a different meaning in the likes of 'idols'. (geographic laboratory for the wise)

If I explain the symbolism in Buddhist scriptures, the religious Buddhists (including Buddhist monks) would open their 3rd eye.

(Buddha is a symbol, not a man who eat and shi-t like you do)


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