If you mean "What is the best teaching?"", here's a story dealing with that idea.
Once a rich man had to go on a long trip leaving his family alone while he was gone. Being worried about his family while he was gone, he asked his servant to take special care of their health while he was away. His servant promised hin he would do that.
After a few months, as the rich man was coming home, he saw his servant running down the road toward him.
"Master", his servant said, "I am very sorry, but I have failed your trust. Some kind of a fever has afected your family. I fear they have all gone crazy with that fever."
"What is the effects of this strange fever?', the rich man asked.
"Well", said the servant, "each person in your family seems to be affected differently. Your wife for example. thinks only of jewels and gold. All day she counts her gold coins again and again. Your eldest daughter, on the other hand, dreams only of romance...she thinks only of love all day. Your children only want to play with their toys all day...they will not go to school and study their lessons. Each person in your house seems to be affected differently by this strange fever."
"But have you had the doctor there?", the rich man asked.
"Yes, I have", said the servant, "and the doctor has said it is all the same fever, just affecting them all differently. The doctor gave me medicine to give to your family....but they will not take it to cure themselves."
"Then let me see what I can do", said the rich man.
So when he arrived home, he first took the medicine to his wife. Knowing she was obsessed with gold, he told her that the medicine would make her rich if she took it. She took the medicine, and soon was cured.
Then he went to his eldest daughter, who thought only of love. He told her that the medicine would bring her true love. She took it, and she was also cured.
In the same way he cured his children by telling them that the nedicine was like a toy that they would enjoy playing with.
When they were all cured his family thanked him for bringing them that particular medicine that was made exactly for them...to cure their particular fever.
The rich man never told them his secret...that the medicine each one took was exacttly the same medcine...and only because their perception was wrong due to their fever...did they believe that each medicine was different and specifically designed for them.
Of course, once they took that medicine, no mater for whatever reason they took it, they lost their fever...and then they saw clearly.
And that is the story of the "best teaching".
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach