BUDDHA, NIETZSCHE, AND ODEIPUS ON TRUTH…

EXPLAINATION
In Beyond Good and Evil Nietzsche uses the imagery of Oedipus to blame us for seeking truth rather than rather than finding it for oneself rather than conforming to external truths which are constructs forced on people from outside. He claimed that placing a value on metaphysical truth is a problem not with truth but with us. Oedipus was a mythical Greek king of Greek mythology. On a journey Oedipus encountered a Sphinx who would stop all travelers and ask them a riddle and if they were unable to answer her correctly they would be killed and eaten.

And finally, chapter 21 of the Diamond sutra has Buddha not only insisting that there is no spiritual truth, but to say there is spiritual truth is to slander the Buddha. There are many different translations of the Diamond sutra, some better than others, but below is the Chinese version:

非說所說分第二十一
「須菩提,汝勿謂如來作是念:『我當
有所諡法舅 ;莫作是念。何以故?若人
言:『如來有所說法』,即爲謗佛,不
能解我所說故。須菩提,說法者,無法
可說,是名說法。

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