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Enlightenment

Awareness of own enlightnment

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Merely discovered

 

Anything that is created must sooner or later die. Enlightenment is permanent because we have not produced it; we have merely discovered it.

– Chögyam Trungpa

from the book “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism”

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The “you” who is chasing enlightenment will never become enlightened

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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?

~ Adyashanti


Enlightenment is a destructive process

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“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 ―

The moon never gets wet

Thich Nhat Hanh Philosophy & Practice


Your own enlightenment

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Gems of Wisdom – Zen Tradition


There are no enlightened people

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Path of enlightenment

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When you realize that all that appears and exists to be your mind, there is no path of enlightenment apart from that.

– Padmasambhava

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Skillful means of a Buddha

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Just as the grammarian makes one study grammar,
A Buddha teaches according to the tolerance of his students;
Some he urges to refrain from sins, others to do good,
Some to rely on dualism, other on non-dualism;
And to some, he teaches the profound,
The terrifying, the practice of enlightenment,
Whose essence is emptiness that is compassion.

– Nagarjuna

quoted in the book “The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience”


What more enlightenment do you want

 

When you don’t have obsession,

When you don’t have hang-ups,
when you don’t have inhibition,
When you are not afraid,
You will be breaking certain rules.
When you are not afraid,
You will not fulfill somebody’s expectations.
What more enlightenment do you want?

That’s it.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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Trying to find a Buddha

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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?

– Bodhidharma

from the book “The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma”
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translated by Red Pine

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The immutable truth

If enlightenment comes first, before thinking, before practice, your thinking and your practice will not be self-centered. By enlightenment I mean believing in nothing, believing in something which has no form or no color, which is ready to take form or color. This enlightenment is the immutable truth. It is on this original truth that our activity, our thinking, and our practice should be based.

– Shunryu Suzuki

from the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”

With thanks to Gems of Wisdom – Zen Tradition


Life just is

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 shortest path of realization

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”


Enlightenment means to lose everything

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The Kwan Um School of Zen


There are no enlightened people

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Gems of Wisdom – Zen Tradition


Right there is enlightenment

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You might think you could practice zazen much better if you had no problem, but actually some problem is necessary. It doesn’t have to be a big one. Through the difficulty you have you can practice zazen. This is an especially meaningful point, which is why Dogen Zenji says, “Practice and enlightenment are one.” Practice is something you do consciously, something you do with effort. There! Right there is enlightenment.– Shunryu Suzuki

from the book “Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen”


Like reflections of the moon

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Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.


– Dogen Zenji

from the book “Dokusan With Dogen: Timeless Lessons in Negotiating the Way”


Enlightened activity only

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Trying to find enlightenment is like trying to grab space

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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?

– Bodhidharma


Nothing Else

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Related imageThere 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.

―Dōgen Zenji


Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on water

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Intimacy with all things

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Why do we need devotion?

Why do we need devotion? Generally speaking, we need devotion because we need enlightenment. In one way, enlightenment can be understood very simply as a release from certain obsessions and hang-ups. Until we are free from these obsessions and habits, we will wander endlessly in samsara, going through all sorts of anxiety, suffering, and so on.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche