There is a Buddhist teaching that goes something like this . .
...whether the dogma obtain that the world is
eternal, or that the world is not eternal, there still remain
birth, old age, death, sorrow, lamentation, misery, grief, and
despair, for the extinction of which in the present life I am
...always bear in mind what it is that I have not explained,
and what it is that I have explained...
...I have not explained (that
the world is eternal, that the world is infinite, that the soul
and body are identical, that the saint exists after death)
because this profits not....
...what have I explained? Misery have I explained; the origin
of misery have I explained; the cessation of misery have I
explained; and the path leading to the cessation of misery have I
And why have I explained this? Because this does profit, has to
do with the fundamentals of religion, and tends to aversion,
abscence of passion, cessation, quiescence, knowledge, supreme
wisdom, and Nirvana; therefore have I explained