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Unanswered Questions 無記

Without doubt, the biggest problem in Buddhism is that against some questions why

Lord Buddha didn’t give an answer.  

This is an issue known as “10 (or 14) Unanswered questions” which was known in

Japan and China [無記] = Muki or Wu-ji. —– With seeing all those questions, it is

obvious, no answer was given to the matter of [Infinite] [Eternal] kind, the time

and the space of the Universe, and the matter related to [I] or [Self].

—- obviously, like us, a small mortals fussing about the infinite eternal Universe kind

of imaginary matter IS utterly waste of the time.

(Especially when Einstein was not born yet. 😀 )

And the matter of I or Self is not existing = Who can give an answer for

“Non-existent phantom” = this was the very stance of

Lord Buddha though, strangely you may think, it was not elucidated in the scripture.

—– Why ? Because, such matter was not existing = how to elucidate

the Self which is not exists.


In fact, this is the question even bigger than the “Unanswered Question”.

Lord Buddha denying the existence of the Self / Atman was his fundamental stance

therefore, the “matter of the existence of the Self” itself was not existed = because,

his own Self was not there. = When he couldn’t see his own Self, in his own mind,

how he could guess other’s mind and analyze “so-called Self”. 

(It may sound complicated though, IT’S simple — for instance, you may suffer

from Alien fever symptom from the space though, actually no such illness ever

existed = it was your imagination.   In such situation, what is the point to discuss

the matter — only the remedy is you to open the eyes and learn that no such fever

exist and symptom was own delusion !)

Lord Buddha’s teaching of No-Self couldn’t have even an explanation because the

word to deny the Self is, “in effect” recognize the existence of the Self.

It sound strange though, this teachings of Selflessness was not necessary

understood even by his closest attendance, Ananda (he was a cousin of

Lord Buddha though) it was described that he kept asking why not answer.)


When ever a kind of explanation of No-Self appeared in the scripture, it was a kind

of metaphor, such as to explain what is Real Giving = “Giving without having a

conscious of “I’m giving” is the Real Giving”.    Or even worse, “Giving as not Giving”

— You can not understand this by reading or by thinking —- but only by DOING.

(I’m sure, if you DO the giving million times, you will become an expert of giving to

hand-out the money to a needy, food for a hungry, a rope for a man to hung

without need to think ! )

Like the teachings through Tea-making — after 10, 20 years of practice, when

the person fully mastered and able to make a perfect Tea, even with the eyes closed,

it’s mean all the procedure has been completely programmed into subconscious

and the motor-region of the brain, therefore all the process of Tea-making could be

done without the Self or any thinking (= it has all been done in Mushin) — still,

it doesn’t necessary the person did (intellectually) understood the Selflessness.

( —– Ideally, the person can make a Tea without having any notion of Zen or

Buddhism is the best, and it IS closest to be an Ichijo.)

It would be much clearer to see in the case how to ride a Bicycle = there is no theory

or explanation nor understanding but by actually master it by the body.

And this tradition = learn from the practice, only kept Zen Buddhism

as Buddhism of No-Self —– not by the scripture which doesn’t contain

the explanation of  [Selflessness]  anyway.


(Note: There are many derivative of Buddhism, some are “Get rich” or

“The soul goes to Heaven” = Selflessness / Anatman  which was what

 Lord Buddha originally taught, is not necessary only idea or the most popular.)




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  1. jagan said, on May 26, 2014 at 13:21


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