Enlightenment: It’s something you are, something you do
The questioner continued, ” I had the impression that once you got enlightenment, you got it.”
Jiyu-Kennet said, “Once you have realized it, you will always know it. But if you don’t keep your training up, heaven help you; you’ll be worse off than you were before. It’s not something that you ‘get’; it’s not something that you ‘keep’ for eternity. Training, as Dogen says, is enlightenment. This is why Shakyamuni Buddha always carried his begging bowl and always wore his robe. A lot of people think, “Why didn’t he just sit back and enjoy it?” Enlightenment isn’t something you have; it’s something you are, something you do.
From: The Hidden Lamp
Edited by Floence Caplow and Susan moon