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The raft to cross the river...
"My teaching is not a philosophy. It is the result of direct experience... My teaching is a means of practice, not something to hold onto or worship. My teaching is like a raft used to cross the river. Only a fool would carry the raft around after he had already reached the other shore of liberation."
The Buddha doesn't regard himself a philospher although he is sometimes treated as such.
" the Buddha should be seen not as a proponent of the philosophical methods of analysis and argumentation, but rather as one who sees those methods as obstacles to final release."
"is that he rejects the characteristically philosophical activity of theorizing about matters that lack evident practical application"