Originally Posted by Aminka Ozmun
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.
Possibility #1: Life is conditional. All "natural" means to sustain life fail eventualy. To attempt a supernatural means is therefore, at worst, just another dead end.
Possibility #2: Life is unconditional. No magic is necessary, but neither is anything else.
To say life is about living is to say nothing at all. There is nothing else you can do with life other than live it. The only detour from living is dying!