Diana, when you posted this:

>Dear Nancy,

>I was responding to your point in an another post in which
>you questioned whether Enlightenment could be an object
>of attachment.

were you referring to the following?

>As I understand it, Buddhism says that _any_thing that a
>disciple gets attached to could prevent enlightenment.  If so,
>wouldn't distinguishing between one object of attachment
>(sign) and another (wonder) be irrelevant?

The above was written by me, not Nancy. It doesn't question "whether
Enlightenment could be an object of attachment." I'm at a loss to understand
why you construed it that way. It speaks of attachments that could _prevent_
enlightenment. It was written in response to your post that talked about
attachments that could prevent enlightenment:

>he was always asked for miracle stories, which he said were a
>sign along the non-rational path that could prevent enlightenment
>if the disciple got attached to them.
>I see a connection here to Eliot's distinction between signs and

What connection could you have seen, given that currently you say:

>"Wonders" and "signs" seem equivalent to me; I don't get the

I thought Jerry did a great job of explaining the difference, but let me
give it a shot. There's a wide range of phenomena -- everything from
cascading waterfalls to dead people coming back to life -- that inspire
astonishment, awe, and WONDER. A few of these wonders, however, go beyond
being spectacular in and of themselves. They also symbolize something else
or point to something else the way that SIGNS do. For example, thunder is
wondrous to listen to, but it's also a sign that rain is coming. Some people
in the gospels fail to recognize that various wonders they've witnessed are
not just wonders, but also signs -- specifically, signs of Jesus's divinity.
Mistaking these signs for wonders, they keep asking for what they've already
been given.