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Is the Buddha a Superscholar?

When you take the attitude that the student should be a superscholar, then when the student has become an extremely perfect scholar, they have attained buddhahood. They have all the answers. They know everything inside out. This kind of omniscience, according to this view, makes one a buddha. But the view that the enlightened being is simply a learned person, a great scholar, is a misunderstanding, another extreme. Enlightenment is not purely a matter of collecting information. We cannot reduce the Buddha to simply being a universal expert, nor a superprofessor.

From “Intellect and Working with Negativity,” in Crazy Wisdom, page 155.

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