Dear Spiritual Seeker: Fully Human & Fully Awake

Dear Spiritual Seeker,

There’s a story about the Buddha - that shortly after his enlightenment, he was met on the road by a man who was clearly awestruck by the Buddha’s peaceful radiance.

Assuming that he was some kind of celestial being, the man asked him, “Are you a god?” The Buddha replied “No.” The man tried several other guesses, but each time the Buddha said “No.”

Finally, the man asked, “Well, what are you?”