Simon E. wrote:
Don't worry, ' Lobster 'assures his audience often that he is both. All that and a bag of chips.
May well be, I won't argue with that.
But I find it more respectful and stimulating to attribute correctly which spiritual tradition a wise man belonged to. Let me explain - someone who is not familiar with Nasruddin this way may simply assume he is just another Boddhisattva from the Buddhist tradition.
I feel this encourages the shallow assumption that if something's wise then it must be Buddhist (just as if it's witty, it must be Oscar Wilde).
I think we all benefit from remembering that pure wisdom transcends this or that religion/philosophy. In particular in a time when a lot of people think they know a lot about Islam (and usually with feelings of disesteem), I think it's highly beneficial to remember that great masters aren't the sole monopoly of Buddhism.
I may be Buddhist, but I have lots of respect for Sufism