September 2017

Some people are talking about stages of enlightenment. Is this the right way of looking at it?

Question

Some people are talking about stages of enlightenment.
Is this the right way of looking at it?

Nukunu

The Buddhists have a good definition of enlightenment: Our nature is “Pure Consciousness” or “Nature of Mind”, and when this pure and clear awareness explodes into experiences they call it “Everyday Mind”. The realisation of Pure Consciousness – Nature of Mind – is equal to enlightenment and there are no stages to be found.

When Nature of Mind is realised, which means that our identification is no longer with a separate “me” and we are fully established in Nature of Mind, we will know the Everyday Mind as consciousness with forms and names ­­— what we call experiences. In Nature of Mind there are no stages; stages belong to the Everyday Mind.

To talk about stages of enlightenment is not a true teaching of Enlightenment.

 

 

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