[Buddha-l] liturgical languages

Piya Tan libris at singnet.com.sg
Sat May 7 19:48:02 MDT 2005


I'm quite surprised that such a fundamental fact--that there is no enlightened
person; only enlightened actions--needs to be "quoted" by anyone. It is at the
root of Buddhism.

I suppose wrong opinions--and opinions are rarely humble--can be useful too,
especially when there are only two kinds of Buddhism: "mine" and "yours".

Ah words words words, how scholars would starve without them.

That includes me, too, only in my own wrong view and lack of humility, I



"Richard P. Hayes" wrote:

> On Sat, 2005-05-07 at 17:19 -0700, Gad Horowitz wrote:
> > I can't remember where I read that there is no enlightened person--only
> > enlightened actions.  Could this be part of the way to a saner Buddhism?
> That is a wonderful saying. I also can't remember where I first
> encountered it. Walt Whitman? Mark Twain? Thich Nhat Hanh? It may even
> have been Sangharakshita; he does sometimes say things rather like
> that.
> In my opinion, which has never been humble despite almost always being
> wrong, the quotation you cite is indeed the beginning of a sane approach
> to Buddhism.
> --
> Richard Hayes
> Department of Philosophy
> University of New Mexico
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