The message of the Buddha // Juan Mascaro

The message of the Buddha // Juan Mascaro

“Buddha avoided metaphysical questions. He might have answered them in the words of Jesus: ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’….

It is said that once a man of arms undertook a long journey to see a holy follower of Buddha, and asked if the message of Buddha could be taught to him. The answer was: ‘Do not what is evil. Do what is good. Keep your mind pure. This is the teaching of Buddha.’ ‘Is this all?’, said the man of arms; ‘Every child of five knows this.’ ‘It may be so, but few men of eighty can practise it’, he was told.’”

— Juan Mascaro (introduction to his translation & interpretation of “The Dhammapada”)

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