gregkavarnos wrote:You say potayto, I say potahto.I would imagine Saraha had those Buddhists in mind who believed just visiting holy sites was sufficient practice in itself rather than actively working towards liberation via meditation and personal cultivation.
You seem to be painting him as supporting your position of abandoning holy sites so as not to "attach to that much meaning to physical objects." You are warping what he said to suit your shameless disregard for activities that both propagate and maintain Buddhism. If it was not for all those stupas and holy sites, we can easily surmise that Buddhism would not have survived. They are powerful symbols which instil faith and devotion, which go further in maintaining Buddhism in the world than simply telling people, "Don't be attached so much to physical objects!"
PS Buddhism didn't survive in India, that's why the Bodhgaya region and the Bodhi tree are owned and run by Hindus.
Correct, but it had a long life span in India and survived elsewhere. The stupas and holy sites are contributing factors in sustaining Buddhism in any culture.
If you ever have been to Kathmandu you'll see what I mean with Boudhanath Stupa. The community comes out in the evening and walks around the stupa. It isn't just a few old ladies either. Some might gossip and use it as a chance to socialize, but it nevertheless forms a bond of fellowship that is important if Buddhism is to be sustained coherently over time.