ultimate view and relative aspect of Buddhism

ultimate view and relative aspect of Buddhism

So I will now conclude with quoting from two great masters. Great Chandrakirti, one of the greatest commentator on Buddhist philosophy. He said: “If you are an idiot, you will do lots of bad things and go to hell.” And then second line. “Also if you are an idiot, you do a lot of good things and go to heaven.” Idiot, both. Now: “If you are a wise, you will go beyond doing good and bad and reach liberation.” Very very important presentation of fundamental Buddhist view. That is ultimate view presentation. But, to help you understand the relative aspect of Buddhism, let me quote another great master, Shantideva. He said: “There is one ignorance that Buddhist must keep for a while. That is thinking that there is a nirvana.” And why should we keep that. Because you don’t want to suffer. I mean if you want to suffer, no problem. But if you don’t want to suffer, then the Buddhist should keep one ignorance for the time being, and that is thinking that there is a nirvana.

Fundamental View of Buddhism, Moscow 2010