The Task

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From Paul Knitter’s Without Buddha I Could Not Be A Christian: “There’s the oft-told parable of the man shot with a poisoned arrow. There he is, lying on the road with the arrow sticking out of him, when some friends come to his rescue. But before they can do anything, he starts plying them with all kinds of questions: “Who did this? Why did he do it? Where was he standing? What kind of arrow is it?” Gently but firmly they tell him to shut up. “Stop all that talking. We have to get this arrow out.” That, Gautama the Buddha comments, is his job as an Enlightened being –to remove the arrow of suffering from our lives, not to answer all our speculative, dare I say theological, questions. Words so easily get in the way of that task.”

Roger

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