Posted: Mar 16, 2014 3:38 pm
by Frank Merton
"And how do you/we know what the Buddha said- other than through Buddhists?"

There are a lot of things attributed to the Buddha, just as there are a lot of things attributed to Jesus or whomever. Whether he actually said them is sometimes important, although generally such things fit into what we would have expected him to say. I have yet to find something along these lines from the earlier traditions that I found at all hard to accept or appreciate. What difference does it make if some clever monk somewhere in the jungles of Cambodia thought it up and it fit and worked so well it came to be attributed to the Buddha? Such things deserve such an honor.