² Believe not what you have heard.
Believe not in tradition, because it has been past on
through many generations.
Believe not in something that has been mentioned many times.
Believe not because the written statements derive from some
wise old man.
Believe not in guesswork
Believe not in authorities, teachers or the eldest.
But if it after meticulous observation and analysis
tally with the mind and will benefit all without exception
then accept it and live according to it.
(Buddha 563 b.c. - 483 b.c.)
² Two Buddhist monks walk along a river. At one point they pass
a woman asking them to help her cross the river. One of
the monks carries her across and they keep on walking.
Three hours later the other monk says "you are a monk and
you carried a woman!" "Yes" the first monk replied
that three hours ago I carried a woman across the river, but
I can hear you are still carrying her with you."
² A man had heard about Buddha´s reputation of being peaceful
and non-violent no matter what he encountered in life.
This man decided to test the divine and he travelled far to be
in His presents. For three days he was rude and very unpleasant
with Buddha. He criticised and pointed his finger at everything
Buddha said and did. He shouted in an attempt to get an angry
respond. But Buddha was never insecure. Each time he responded
with love and kindness. At the end the man couldn´t take it any
more. "How can you be so peaceful and kind, when all I have said
has been hostile?" he asked. "If someone gives you a present
you do not receive it, to whom does the present belong?" Buddha
replied. The man got his answer.