The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

I am not a Buddhist

As Buddha said in the Prajnaparamita Sutra, all phenomena are like a dream and an illusion, even enlightenment is like a dream and an illusion. And if there is anything greater or grander than enlightenment, that, too, is like a dream and an illusion. His disciple, the great Nagarjuna, wrote that the Lord Buddha has not stated that after abandoning samsara there exists nirvana. The nonexistence of samsara is nirvana. A knife becomes sharp as the result of two exhaustions — the exhaustion of the whetstone and the exhaustion of the metal. In the same way, enlightenment is the result of the exhaustion of defilements and the exhaustion of the antidote of the defilements. Ultimately one must abandon the path to enlightenment. If you still define yourself as a Buddhist, you are not a buddha yet.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “What Makes You Not a Buddhist”

Just Dharma Quotes

4 responses

  1. So very, very true.
    Namasté
    नमस्ते
    Chazz Vincent

    April 10, 2020 at 9:54 pm

  2. Reblogged this on dreamlanddancing and commented:
    Lou of Zen Flash has been a frequent source of inspiration and wisdom, and this post is no exception.
    When I began writing “Observations of a Recovering Buddhist,” I may have offended a few of my more devout readers, but once again, Zen Flash has managed to eloquently make a point that is usually lost on ‘those who have not had the experience’ and in so doing, illuminate the darkness.
    Thank you, Lou
    Namasté
    नमस्ते
    Chazz Vincent

    April 11, 2020 at 10:50 am

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