Originally Posted by lycan
You are quoting the Buddah to make a case against "inquiring after the supernatural"? lol
What is the point of life, by the way?
I'm not speaking of all the intricate details involved in popularly practiced Buddhism but the core insights ("philosophy") of Buddhism. Kind of like how the Taoists speak of "school" Taoism and "temple" Taoism.
My understanding of the story is that Buddha didn't deny that there is/may be a supernatural side of things; it's just that such pursuits are distractions as blinding as any (cf. the Dr. Faustus stories)...they're besides the point of life, which, recursively, is about living, for which no "magic" is necessary.
For example, intention manifestation theories (as popularly prescribed on the web, AFAIK) appear to be about escaping the pain or even mere inconveniences of life. That's exactly opposite to what a ("true") Buddhist would counsel. Remember, Prince Gautama had all the pleasures of the world and knew nothing else. But he found the mystery of old age, sickness, and death far more captivating than any palace or princess, any empire or legacy.