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

Richard P. Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Wed May 18 22:16:06 MDT 2005

On Wed, 2005-05-18 at 19:16 -0400, Steven Lane wrote:

> My god Richard have you ever actually picked up a Mahayana canonical text
> at all.

First of all, it's sufficient to call me Richard. Even though I am the
moderator, there is no need to address me as your god.

Second, I stand a little puzzled. Frankly, I didn't know the Mahayana
was uptight enough to have a canon. I thought only dualists (boo, hiss)
had fences between orthodoxy and heterodoxy. 

But let's get now to the most interesting point. Why don't you begin by
explaining why you ask such a silly question, amigo? Were you expecting
that when someone asked my opinion about several passages in the Pali
canon, I would respond by giving references to the Lotus Sūtra, the
Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra, the Sukhavatī-vyūha-sūtra, the Aṣṭasahasrikā
Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra or one of the other texts that I regularly read?

Richard Hayes
Department of Philosophy
University of New Mexico

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