What I learned in Buddhism class today?
focus on shit that matters
So while in CityU, I’m taking relatively easy classes comapred to the classes I had in the past. I signed up for all GE classes that would finish my requirements in SFSU. So I’m not taking physics 2 (thank Buddha). I picked classes that looked easy and fit my 3 day schedule. Yep you read that right. I’m only going to classes 3 days a week. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. At first I signed up for 10 classes(I had 4 sport classes that didn’t really count for credits), but my friends influenced me to cut it down, so I can travel. Now I only have 6 classes. I thought they were going to be boring, easy classes. Most of them are. But here and there, the teacher says something interesting that catches my attention. Particurlarly today, in my Buddhism class. The teacher gave us a story about the Buddha. I read all of it and read it again and one more time. And the class still didn’t finish. I’m a certified speed reader(another blog) and a nerd(well that’s self-explinatory, I have a blog afterall.)
The story went something like this, the student was curious about life after death, so he wanted to ask Budhha. He told himself that if the Budhha did not tell him the answers he will go back to his normal life. In the story, Malunkya (the student) wonders about the questions after death, “The cosmos finite or infinite?” “After death Thagatha exists or not exists?” Buddha responds that these question do not matter. It is like being struck by a bow and wanting to know the man was either dark, brown, or golden colored or wanting to know what material the bow is made of, fiber, bamboo threads, sinew, hemp, or bark. Or wondering what type of bird did the feather on the bow came from, Robin, Eagle, Pigeon or Owl. “ The man will die and even in his death those details will still remain unknown.” You see these things do not matter, the Buddha tells his student. If you seek for answers, about the things that do not matter you will waste your whole life. The Buddha tells his student that, do not focus on the things that do not matter because life is too short. Life must not be spent on metaphysical questions but instead of practical questions that can be used right here, right now. The Buddha told his students to not waste their energy and time on metaphysical, existential questions. “Whether the world is finite or infinite, limited or unlimited, the problem of your liberation remains the same.” So what if the world is infinite? So what if the world is finite? Your problems are still present. Don’t waste your time on things that do not matter. Focus on the things that do matter. Get rid of the arrow and do not ask where it came from. The story teaches to become practical and deal with the present situation.
“The trouble is, you think you have time.” — Buddha