It is easy to imagine that
the Buddha, the awakened one, is something
or somewhere other than here or
that awakening to reality will happen
some time other than now.But as long as we continue to think in terms of time
we will deceive ourselves.The “you” who is chasing enlightenment
will never become enlightened.
Instead of striving towards some distant goal that
you will never reach, I invite you to stop and ask:
How am I avoiding the enlightenment
that is already present in each moment?
How am I seeing separation where it doesn’t exist?
“Enlightenment is a destructive process, the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true…
All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are. The truth is that you already are what you are seeking.”― Adyashanti ―
Life on the practical level does not contain any subtle philosophy or subtle mystical experience. It just is. If we are able to see that isness, so to speak, then there is a sense of realization. We experience sudden enlightenment. Without a sense of hopelessness, there is no way to give birth to sudden enlightenment. Only giving up our projects brings about the ultimate, definite, positive state of being, which is the realization that we are already enlightened beings here and now.
– Chögyam Trungpa
from the book “Crazy Wisdom”
The literal meaning of guru yoga is ‘union with the teacher´s nature’. To blend your mind with the teacher’s mind is the most profound of all practices, and the shortest path of realization. It is the life force of the path and the one practice that includes all others. It was through relying on a spiritual teacher that all the bodhisattvas of the past generated the mind of enlightenment and reached perfection.
– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book “The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones”
Trying to find a Buddha or enlightenment is like trying to grab space. Space has a name but no form. It’s not something you can pick up or put down. And you certainly can’t grab it. Beyond this mind you’ll never see a Buddha. The Buddha is a product of your mind. Why look for a Buddha beyond this mind?
July 19, 2018
There is a simple way to become awakened:
if you refrain from unwholesome actions,
are not attached to birth and death,
and are compassionate toward all sentient beings,
respectful to seniors and kind to juniors,
not discarding nor desiring anything,
with no designing thoughts or worries,
you will become a Buddha. Do not seek anything else.