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For some reflections on this from the perspective of the history of religions see my "Sacred Text, Context and Proof-Text," in The Critical Study of Sacred Texts, ed. Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty (Berkeley, 1979), 257-270. BUDDHA NATURE 34 This assumes, then, that students or disciples are expected to change as they advance. And this leads us into a discussion of grades of falsity. 35 In the Lotus Satra the three vehicles are those of the immediate disciples of the 'historical' Buddha. (sravakayana), of the self-enlightened ones (pratyekabuddhaytina), and of the Mahayanists (bodhisattvayana).

14 Jesus counselled that we should not "cast the pearls before swine, lest they tread them underfoot, and tum and rend us,"15 and spoke in parables: because seeing, they see not; and hearing, they hear not, and do not understand.... 16 All high truths,17 in fact, are expressed in oracles and enigmas, so it is not surprising to find that the Christian scriptures are composed in this fashion. Therefore, when we approach the Christian teaching, we need to do so at first as unweaned babes, drinking the milk of catechesis rather than making ourselves ill with the strong meat of exalted doctrine, which is suitable only for those who are mature in the faith.

BUDDHA NATURE 30 In all this he is following his teacher, Jesus, who recognized that "swine ... "14 Jesus counselled that we should not "cast the pearls before swine, lest they tread them underfoot, and tum and rend us,"15 and spoke in parables: because seeing, they see not; and hearing, they hear not, and do not understand.... 16 All high truths,17 in fact, are expressed in oracles and enigmas, so it is not surprising to find that the Christian scriptures are composed in this fashion. Therefore, when we approach the Christian teaching, we need to do so at first as unweaned babes, drinking the milk of catechesis rather than making ourselves ill with the strong meat of exalted doctrine, which is suitable only for those who are mature in the faith.

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