Three Questions

Once, a disciple of the Buddha was going to preach His word to the masses. He had become enlightened, and the Buddha said, “Now you are ready to go; you need not accompany me any longer. Once in a while you can come to see me, but otherwise you can help people on your own. Go and help people to become more aware, more peaceful.”

And He said also, “One thing I would like to ask: To what part of the country would you like to go?” There was a part of Bihar, where Buddha lived, where no monk had ever gone. The name of that place was Suka. This newly enlightened monk said, “I will go to Suka.”

The Buddha said, “Please don’t go there. No monk has gone there as yet for good reason. The people there are wild, uncultured, and very violent. Don’t go there.”

But the disciple replied, “If they are in such a bad situation, they need us more than anybody else. The physician is needed only where people are ill.”

The Buddha said, “Before you go, before I bless you to go, I will ask some questions. If they insult you, what will be your response?”

The monk replied, “I will thank them. I will feel grateful that they are only insulting me. They could have beaten me. They are good people. They are not beating me; they are simply insulting me —what can words do? Words are words, they can’t hurt me.”

The Buddha said, “If they beat you, what will be your response?”

The monk replied, “I will thank them. I will feel grateful that they are beating me. They could have killed me. They are only beating me —they are so compassionate, so kind. It would have been so easy for them to kill me.”

The Buddha said, “If they kill you dying, in the last moments what will be your response?”

The monk replied, “I have attained the treasure; I don’t need life anymore. They are taking something useless away from me, and I will be grateful. I will be thankful to them, because if I had lived more, I may have committed some unskillful act. I may have fallen away from pure awareness.”

The Buddha said, “Now you can go anywhere. You have not only become enlightened, you have become a Teacher to the whole world. This is my blessing.”


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About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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