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How does Buddhism answer unanswerable questions?


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January 12, 2008 7:55PM

Your question poses a logical impossibility, since the unanswerable questions can not, by definition, be answered, but I think I know what you mean. The "unanswerable questions" in life are those that we can not find answers to using science, our senses or logic alone. Buddhist teachings about questions such as 'what happens to us after we die?' encourage us to listen to teachers who have become enlightened and understand the true nature of reality, and then to analyze and meditate on what they say. Certain practices can strengthen our minds and hone our ability to concentrate single-pointedly, and then we should be able to comprehend the answers to the unanswerable questions ourselves. There is no requirement in Buddhism to believe in reincarnation, enlightenment or any other thing, the central tenet being that through practice and compassion each of us has the ability to discover the true nature of reality.