AG: Then there’s the Śrāvaka Buddha as part of the Hinayana. The guy who just meditates for himself and never gets out of it into the bodhisattvapath. So there’s an old Chinese poem deriding an aged monk for worshipping the sutras, for worshipping the books themselves.
AG: Śrāvaka Buddha is a sort of buddha who gets up into a samadhi meditative state and never steps out of himself to do anything for anybody else. Or, as Robert Creeleysaid in one of his early poems [ “The Immoral Proposition”] – “If you never do anything for anybody else you are spared the pain of existence.“ Does anybody know how that goes? “If you never do anything for anybody else you’re spared the….”
AG: Yeah. “You are spared the pain of human relationships.” “If you never do anything for anybody else, you’re spared the pain of human relationships,” if that’s what you want. “If you never do anything for anybody else..” – that’s the Śrāvaka Buddha