Wisdom is, as my grandmother liked to say, more than “book learning”. Being wise means one has the ability to combine knowledge with practical application.
Huston Smith in his book The World’s Religions, tells this story about the Buddha.
"In his later years, when
When the people carried their puzzlement to the Buddha himself, the answer he gave provided a clue to his understanding of wisdom. ‘Are you a God? they asked. An angel? A Saint? No. Then what are you?’ The Buddha answered, "I am awake."
Being awake, alive, fully interconnected with all is the essence of religious wisdom. At the moment we awaken to others who are in this world with us as human beings of worth and dignity we awaken to ourselves – to our human, finite, vulnerable, imperfect selves interconnected with all that is and ever has been.