[Buddha-l] Re: Nirvana si, bodhi no!

curt curt at cola.iges.org
Wed May 18 08:29:51 MDT 2005

Bruce Burrill wrote:

> <snip .... snip>
> Using the exact same wording in describing his awakening and the 
> awakening of the arahants.

This is a bit of a tangent, but here goes. First lets agree (1) that the 
was awake (I'll use awake instead of enlightened because I'm sick and
tired of all that damned giggling) and (2) that several of his students also
became awake because of his teaching - and (3) that their awakening was of
the same nature as the Buddha's. If those three conditions hold, then we 
an exponential growth function on our hands.

If the Buddha's students had the same kind of awakening as the Buddha - ie,
one that enabled the awakened one to teach others and cause them to awaken,
then we should all be awakened by now! And I am not talking "original
enlightenment" here - I'm talking anuttara samyak samfreakingbodhi.

One could go into greater detail and create a "mathematical model of 
But right now I've got to get back to work.

- curt

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