October 6, 1973, Saturday evening, at Washington Street

On Exploring Collective Wisdom

Ven. Master Hsuan Hua    


Let us look into the matter of Guo Yuís vow to make a Three Steps One Bow pilgrimage of 800 to 1,000 miles. You should all investigate whether he can make it. Anyone who has an opinion should express it. The collective wisdom of a multitude of people is equivalent to that of a sage. The wisdom of a single person is limited, but the wisdom of everybody put together is infinite. Letís consider the feasibility of the matter. [Editorís note: Some opinions are expressed.]    

[Editorís note: Master responds to one personís opinion.] This is his own vow. Why should you delve so much into his personal affairs? Iím asking the others to evaluate the feasibility of his vow, because they understand him well, whereas I donít know him that well. [Editorís note: In response to another opinion.] His vow is not that immense in itself, but no one else in this country has ever done such a thing. He wants to be the first one.

Timely Teachings, page 57