37 The Buddha tells us how to avoid the Bodhisatta’s mistakes; and so save time. 38 The glittering icy peaks of the Suttas are too often hidden from our eyes by the dusty haze rising from the Commentarial plains. 39 Q. Why the Buddha rather than Jesus? A. Jesus wept. 40 Nibbåna is not non-existent; it is non-existence—of lust, hate, and delusion. 41 Each of us creates man in his own image; and thus we come to misunderstand each other. 42 We never feel our isolation and invulnerability so much as when others are angry with us. It is a salutary experience. 43 Learn to duck in time. 44 Our gratitude is due to the Buddha, not for having attained extinction, but for having told us about it. 45 If you disagree you are not bound to say so. 46 By speaking you estrange others; by keeping silent you estrange yourself. 47 Indigestion constipates. 48 Nothing takes one so much unawares as other people’s anger. 49 Let your adversary have the last word: he will cling to it, as he would to your coat, while you slip from his grasp and go your way unhindered. 50 You do not understand a thing until you can write it down. 51 Without knowing exactly what is meant by nibbåna do not think that you understand the Buddha’s teaching.
Published on Jun 26, 2013
Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...