If it's not too far off topic, I have several questions. I do not mean these questions as a way of elevating myself or putting anyone else down. They are, as I say, questions.
How could anyone know what "enlightenment" was without being enlightened?
How could anyone know what "enlightenment" wasn't without being enlightened?
I mean "know" in the same sense anyone might say they "know" what tea tastes like after having tasted it.
I use the word "know" as distinct from simply believing. If Buddhism relied solely on belief, then what value would it have, considering the fact that belief relies on doubt and Buddhism is said to eradicate doubt. If Buddhism relied on belief, how could it differ from the popular appreciations of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc?
If it's not too far off topic, I would be interested in others' views.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I put this on a Buddhist bulletin board and thought I would put it here too: