Anyone know if this is a genuine Buddhist Quote, and who said it?

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Anyone know if this is a genuine Buddhist Quote, and who said it?

Post by Matman » Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:16 pm

Vaguely recall - many years back (in some movie I think) hearing a kind of 'quasi-mystical' Zen-like exchange, that took place between a Wise-one and a Seeker, along the following lines:

Seeker: Why do you answer every question with a question?
Wise-one: Why do you question every answer with a question?

Now, that could just be a quote in 'common parlance' somewhere at the time, or even something a Movie Screen-Writer concocted - but I like it, and think it's just as 'Zen' as the somewhat 'cliched' Henry Ford one - roughly - stating: Whether you think you can, or you can't - you're right.

Still, if the 1st (i.e. top-quote) 'is' an 'original' Buddhist Exchange / Quote, I'd be interested to learn who said it. (Haven't managed to discover the answer from Aunty-Google just yet).

Thanks - in advance - for any Comment.

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Re: Anyone know if this is a genuine Buddhist Quote, and who said it?

Post by joy&peace » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:38 am

I do not think it is a quote from a direct source..

There is this however: There are three appropriate ways to answer a question; 1, with a statement; 2, with a question; or 3, with silence.

Perhaps this is what you are remembering... Or something between them both.

Peace , Namaste, good to have you by the way. :smile:
Om Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate bodhi svaha

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Re: Anyone know if this is a genuine Buddhist Quote, and who said it?

Post by Matman » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:15 am

Thanks for the Comment plus your Welcome (Both Appreciated).

Don't think I've read what you kindly referenced, but useful to know!


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