The Enlightened Man?


Marlene Dietrich, Beret and Tweeds, and no-less a Woman.


An Enlightened Person is a distinguished-looking, elderly, bearded male speaking mysterious words and for good measure, doing a few miracles on the side.

Any characterization of the ‘Enlightened Man’, by that very fact, mis-characterizes the ‘Enlightened Man’.


From the Diamond Sūtra:

Subhuti, what do you think? Is the Tathagata to be recognized by some material characteristic?’

‘No, World-honored One; the Tathagata cannot be recognized by any material characteristic.’

‘Wherefore? Because the Tathagata has said that material characteristics are not, in fact, material characteristics. Subhuti, wheresoever are material characteristics there is delusion; but whoso perceives that all characteristics are in fact no-characteristics, perceives the Tathagata.’

‘Subhuti, what do you think? May the Tathagata be perceived by the thirty-two physical peculiarities [of an outstanding sage]?’

‘No, World-honored One, the Tathagata may not be perceived by these thirty-two marks. Wherefore? Because the Tathagata has explained that the thirty-two marks are not really such; they are called “the thirty-two marks.’

‘Subhuti, what do you think? Can the Buddha be perceived by His perfectly-formed body?’

‘No, World-honored One, the Tathagata cannot be perceived by His perfectly-formed body, because the Tathagata teaches that a perfectly-formed body is not really such; it is merely called “a perfectly-formed body.