The Buddha said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t help you.”
What do you mean?” railed the farmer. “You’re supposed to be a greater teacher!”
The Buddha replied, “Sir, it’s like this. All human beings have eighty-three problems. It’s a fact of life. Sure, a few problems may go away now and then, but soon enough others will arise. So we’ll always have eighty-three problems.
The farmer responded indignantly, “Then what’s the good of all your teachings?”
The Buddha replied,”My teaching can’t help with the eighty-three problems, but perhaps it can help with the eight-fourth problem.”
What’s that?” asked the farmer.
The eighty-fourth problem is that we don’t want to have any problems.”