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Buddhism Stories The Explorer A Story is told of how one day an explorer returned to his people who were eager to know about the Amazon But how could he put into words all the wonderful things that he had seen the feelings that flooded his ear when he saw exotic flowers and heard the night sounds of the forests when he sensed the danger of wild beasts or paddles his canoe over treacherous rapids He said For and find out for yourselves To guide them he drew a map of the river They pounced upon the map They farmed it in their Town Hall They made copies of it for themselves And all who had a copy considered themselves experts on the river but did they know its every turn and bend how broad it was how deep where the rapids were and where the falls -The Buddha said that his teachings were to be tried out in life It was a practical way to overcome suffering and to find true happiness He taught people how to believe what he told them just because he said it but to test his teachings in their own experience and follow it if it proved true It is often said that the Buddhas teaching is only a raft to help you cross the river a finger pointing to the moon Dont mistake the finger for the moon The raft is not the shore It has also been said of the Buddhas teachings A knowledge of the path cannot be substituted for putting one foot in front of the other The story of Kisa Gotami and the mustard seed On one occasion a woman called Gotami came to the Buddha in tears holding the body of her dead baby son She was so upset that she had gone everywhere to try to bring him back to life Her friends
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