value of being skillful

value of being skillful

Many times, to be straight forward, to be open is cherished and valued. But to be skillful has to be valued, because many times the truth, the honest truth, cannot be easily appreciated by others, cannot be digested. Even the Buddha, if you look at his teachings, the absolute teachings – you know there are many different levels of teachings. Many many many teachings are what we call the expedient teachings, the teachings that require interpretations. The direct naked absolute teachings such as Vajracchedika Sutra are very difficult to digest. Here Buddha says there is no Buddha, there is no form of the Buddha. Buddha never taught. So on and so forth. That is shocking. That is indigestible. So in many other Sutras Buddha talks about his past life, once when he was a rabbit, once when he was a peacock. So on and so forth, Jatakamala Sutra. And then there are other Sutras where he says there is something like Sukhavati, Amithaba realm where there are lotuses, there are swimming pools. Stuff like that. So Shakyamuni Buddha was being very skillful in order to approach.

Love and Relationships, Singapore April 2012 (podcast 18)