Unresponsive Buddha

Unresponsive Buddha

A mendicant ascetic sat down where Bhudda
was instructing the monks. He listened attentively
until the Buddha finished and then admonished
the Awakened One to return to the life of austerities.

Buddha listened in silence, bowed respectfully,
and left without saying a word.

Next day, the ascetic attended the sermon,
and again reproached Buddha for his life of ease.
Gautama listened in silence, and left without
answering.

This scene repeated itself every day for a month,
until Ananda could not contain himself any
longer, and asked Buddha,

“Master, why are you ignoring the questions of
that ascetic?”

“Ananda, if I answer him he will not understand
and will wander off still thinking he is right. My
refusal to answer keeps him here listening to us.
As soon as he is ready I will speak to him.”

Ananda feeling sorry for the ascetic who was by
this time visibly hurt and angry at Buddha,
approached him next day and said, “Please,
noble sir, don’t be saddened by my master’s
silence. He will answer all your questions
as soon as you are ready to understand.”

The ascetic laughed with scorn, “It is your master
who is learning from me, and who is afraid to
answer my questions, but fear not, I’ll stay here
for as long as it takes to instruct him.”

Ananda bowed and walked away
smiling.

Pete

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One Response to “Unresponsive Buddha”

  1. Great Work Pete !!!

    A Blog is just what was missing from the group.

    -Ravi.

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