|The truest and funniest thing the Buddha did not say (Bodhipaksa/fakebuddhaquotes.com).|
|Fake Buddha quotes often have a lovely ring and the "stink of Zen" (H-K-D/flickr.com)|
|Buddha comments on Israel (SC)|
|A very good one but fake (fakebuddhquotes.com)|
Sometimes they sound better than the real thing because rather than presenting timeless Buddhist ideas, they present New Age, Taoist, or holdover Hindu (Vedic) concepts in the guise of enlightened wisdom.
"Enlightenment" is not what most people think.
|Our goal is not to make fun of fake Buddha quotes but to distinguish path from non-path.|
|Golden Buddha imparts a message of virtue, calm, and wisdom to arhats (Thai-on/flickr).|
|Walk the path. (SadighGallery)|
- Threefold: the Buddha defines the "path" (magga) as virtue, concentration, and wisdom.
- Eightfold: he further outlines it as the Noble Eightfold Path.
- Thirty-sevenfold: gathering together many ancient sutras one finds various lists of 37 Requisites of Enlightenment.
|Concentration purifies (Pranav Bhasin/flickr)|
|Karma comes round (Moonbird)|
Concentration refers to the three Noble Eightfold Path factors: right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. (Mindfulness is interesting because it, as "bare attention," is an ingredient of concentration and, as contemplation, a subsequent practice of a concentrated mind. It leads to samadhi and goes beyond it to enlightenment; we cannot skip the first part and expect success).
|Start with right view, know-and-see|
Part of meditating is coming to a point of directly seeing-and-knowing "path" from "non-path," what leads to the goal and what does not, the essential from the inessential.
There are also various super-knowledges one may attain, such as recollection of past lives or psychic powers. In terms of the Noble Eightfold Path, it refers to right view and right intention.
|The first sermon to the Five Ascetics|
|The Buddha should have said this one (P24).|
Omniscience or "Oneness" (advaita, a Vedic/Hindu concept not talked about by the Buddha and certainly not the ultimate goal) is not what happens and is not the point. For all that MUST be penetrated fully is the truth (Fourfold Ennobling Truth) and the Three Marks of Existence mentioned above.