Leo Rivers wrote:
So, is the Buddha a guy who did good - really, really, really good, or is he a color out of space or 'never was a person just pretended to be?' [we are setting aside the "at the Ultimate level we are Buddha" model for this discussion]
Does it even matter which one? The teaching and his ultimate effect on all other sentient beings is what matters right? I think it isn't all that significant wether he was a man or an alien or a robot or a lion walking on his hind legs.
This discussion is sorta the same as the "was Christ man or God" thing isn't it?