Will Buddhism Become Outdated? – Modern Koans

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Question:

Will Buddhism become outdated?

Response:

Of course, many will point out, the truth of impermanence tells us Buddhism will not last. But I think the question is asking for a different response that looks to the truth of suffering.

What is Buddhism? It’s an identity. What is a Buddhist? Someone who clings to that identity. When an identity is clung to, there is suffering. In this regard Buddhism (the institution) and adherence to it is in direct conflict with the notion of being awake (Bodhi). It is the raft. It is not the beyond, beyond, far beyond.

Emptiness is timeless. There are no dates, in or out.
Buddhism has dates, and they’re pretty old.

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