Monday, October 22, 2007

What does 90 mean?


This is the question that met my husband when he was searching the religion & philosophy section of our local Borders, trying to find the new biography of Buddha by Deepak Chopra. A woman was observing his search through the Buddhism section.

"Are you a Buddhist?" she asked.

"Yes," he responded.

"Oh, so am I," she said. "What does 90 mean?"

He said he didn't know, and she proceeded to tell him about her recent loss of a dear friend who had suffered for 11 years with cancer. Many of their other mutual friends had dreamed of their late friend, but she had not, a fact that was bringing her some distress. One friend had dreamed of getting into an elevator and going to the 90th floor. On that floor were many, many Buddha statues. She came back to the woman and said, "This must be for you. I'm not Buddhist."

So now this woman is on a quest to find the tie between Buddhism and the number 90. I don't believe that there is one. Do any of you know anything about this? I would be interested in any responses, theories, or thoughts. Maybe this woman is now in the 90th level of heaven. Maybe she's returning in 90 years. Who knows? It was an interesting cap to our evening.

I am off to relax for the evening. Too many hours on the computer today. It is a love-hate relationship.

Peace - D

1 comment:

Patrick said...

Interesting, there is an old tale about a farmer who comes to the Buddha and recounts all the woes in his life and asks the Buddha how he can be happy and have no more problems. The Buddha tells the man that all of us have 89 problems in life, if we manage to get rid of one we will find another will rise. The buddha then tells the man, "Would you like to know what your 90th problem is?" Ofcourse the man is beside himself becuase he appaerantly has 90 instead of 89, so yes he wants to know. The Buddha tells him his 90th problem is that he wants to live with no problems.

I dont know if there is a connection, but I heard that story many years ago.