Recently I was in a chatroom and a fellow that apparently grew up buddhist brought up Buddhism. He'd run off Buddha's sayings such as "people are where they are because of karma in this and past lives", "the body can be divided into 32 parts" and a few other things. I was trying to question the value of him saying any of this since Buddha said to not take his word for granted and to practice yourself and see for yourself what he was trying to get at. Even though he apparently agreed he continued running off popular sayings I've read many times without anybody showing the least bit of interest. I stopped talking to him when I realized that he was talking more for the sake of talking and I personally got the feeling that anything I would say further would be trying to out do him so I completely stopped since, well, as far as I understand zazen now, doing more would be a expression of trying to force in some "other" feeling that I'd find acceptable, being winning for the sake of striving toward some "perfect" state.
I'm not a Buddhist but the question I have is, is there even a point to ever engaging in a activity like running off buddhist sayings if buddhism can only be "understood" experientaly? I came here after reading a lot, not getting much more out of it then intellectual cannon fodder but remembering the suggestion that you can doubt whatever buddhism has to say but at least try its practices to see if you can understand it experientialy if you want.
Is it enough that for now I'm only interested in learning "correct" sitting? I mean I'd like to be able to make a meaningful impact in the world, I help people out when I am able to but for now, I still don't have any conclusive insight that I can elaborate in detail on how the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th noble truths would be correct without a shadow of a doubt so I don't even see zazen as a sitting or life practice to be genuine vehicle for acceptance atleast of whatever is, clearly such acceptence would be valuable, I have yet to personally experience it so I rarely mention much stuff about buddhism in regards of suggesting someone else might try it to help themselves....Is my motivation for being here even genuine? If not, what would be a genuine motivation for wanting to take up a buddhist practice?
Any cup emptying regarding anything in this post would be appreciated. Including possible cup emptying of cup emptying, might not even see that in the right context, and if not, I just asked something to be done that I don't even understand. xD .
Yeah, any comments would be appreciated.