Our Practice provides some very specific (and wonderful) answers to some 'big questions'. For example, Buddhism provides very clear guidance for and understanding of the origins of human suffering in this life. The "Four Noble Truths
", for example, provide a formula that effectively describes the sickness and provides the medicine for its treatment or cure. (More about that here: http://www.treeleaf.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=2942
Our Practice provides some very wonderful answers to other 'big questions' by instructing us to drop the questions as meaningless. Some questions are as pointless as our asking 'how many angels can gather on the head of a pin
' or 'what color are the rabbits that live on the moon
Hand in hand with the above, many questions we regularly ask may just be phrased poorly, biased by our narrow, anthropocentric human understanding. ... When we change the way the question is asked, answers begin to present themselves (that whole "life and death" thing may be an example!
) .... Hitting the "reset button' on so many of our misguided questions are what most of those old Koans
are on about, by the way.
And sometimes, Buddhism provides no answer to some 'big questions' ... although that is often a kind of 'answer' too! ...
So, my response for today: Sometimes YES!
Sometimes WHAT QUESTION?!?!