with the objects of sight,
the ear with the objects of hearing,
the nose with the objects of smell,
the tongue with the objects of taste,
the body with the objects of touch
and the mind with the objects of cognition.
As I have said before, Shakyamuni Buddha was a radical empiricist. He taught people how to realize for themselves enlightenment ... by direct experience. He encouraged his followers to ‘come and see’ (ehipassiko), that is, to investigate for themselves whether or not his teachings worked – as opposed to placing reliance on blind faith. Yes, investigate for yourself and then make up your own mind based upon the evidence. Buddhism is a very down-to-earth set of teachings. In one sense, Buddhism is very Aristotelian (as opposed to Platonic). At the risk of over-simplification, the essence of Buddhism is – what you see is what you get. That is all there is, but it is more than enough!
MINDFULNESS AND THE LIVINGNESS OF LIFE
MINDFULNESS, PROFESSOR JOHN ANDERSON AND THE FACTICITY OF THINGS
BUDDHISM AND THE PLURALITY OF ALL THINGS
LIFE---THIS MUCH IS TRUE!
THERE WAS NO FIRST CAUSE---AND NO NEED FOR ONE