Tales of Tibetan Flying Machines

The fact of the matter is that up until 1949, Tibet was a primitive and backward feudalistic society, run by a highly corrupt and oppressive priestly class that had developed a distorted version of Buddhism to justify their rule. Tibet could hardly have been a place of advanced technological culture when it practised the judicial punishment of scooping-out eyes with a spoon!

The Dhammapada and the Uncreate

The Pali word ‘akata’ translates as ‘uncreate’, and this has been translated into the Chinese language through the use of the Daoist term ‘Wu Wei’ (無為). This is important in implication for the Ch’an idiom ‘language of the uncreate’., as it means that Ch’an doctrine is not only securely rooted in Buddhist scripture, but rooted in the earliest strata of that scripture.