[Buddha-l] liturgical languages

Richard P. Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Wed May 4 09:46:23 MDT 2005

On Wed, 2005-05-04 at 13:50 +0100, Mike Austin wrote:

> >I find
> >it laughable that any grown man would believe in full enlightenment.
> I find it premature that someone would laugh at a joke before he knew 
> the punch line.

I don't regard it as a joke. I have quite a number of good reasons to
doubt that enlightenment is possible as it is classically described.
Moreover, I don't find it a very useful concept at all for Buddhist
practice. It's an obscurantist concept.

Richard Hayes
Department of Philosophy
University of New Mexico

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