Welcome to episode four! So today is a fun little holiday diversion. I'm going to talk about the Buddhist answer to everything. A big shout out to the co-hosts of one of my all-time favorite podcasts, The Dharma Realm, Reverend Harry Bridge of the Buddhist Church of Oakland, and Scott Mitchell, the Dean of Student and Faculty Affairs at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. I sort of stole the concept of the Buddhist answer to everything from their February 23rd podcast titled, “The Buddhist Answer for Everything.” I'll give their podcast another little twist, by actually giving an answer.
Have you ever seen that Liberty Mutual commercial with two young guys stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire? One of the guys is on the phone with his dad, holding some sort of tool that is clearly not a lug wrench and says, “Don't worry dad, I know what a lug wrench is!” … and then he looks to the other guy and whispers, “is this a lug wrench?”
And then the other guy, looks a little confused then clearly shakes his head yes. And says, “Mayyybe” in a really good bit of acting that cracks me up every time I see it. So, that is my Buddhist answer to everything: “Maybe.”
I guess that wraps it up for this episode ...
No. Okay. Okay. I'll go on. As it is obvious, now, I'm taking a little break—sort of a holiday break, and Independence-Day break. Yes, Buddhists celebrate Independence Day: We're striving to be independent … independent from suffering, independent from the troubles of our own mind. That's what we're working for here. I'm taking a little break from the Eightfold Path to independence for this episode and the next episode, but I plan on moving to right intention in episode six. But right intention does frame this episode a bit, because the Buddhist answer to everything has something to do with intention.
Since, generally, we don't really know others’ intentions most of the time, and most of the time, we're barely acquainted with our own, “maybe” seems like a really good answer when it comes to intentions. Intention is one of the conditions that contribute to the way things are.