enlightment

A Quote by Joe Zarantonello on enlightment and zen

Most people see enlightenment as a noun, as a thing, as a steady state, as something to be reached, or achieved - and always, always somewhere in the distant futureI see enlightenment as a verb, as a process of ripening, ripening, ripening until one day the fruit falls from the tree. No amount of effort on the apple tree's part can speed the ripening of the apples. It takes the right conditions, however - sun and rain.
The great thing is: unlike apples, the right conditions are always already present to ripen your soul. Just this present moment. Just this being present to whatever is unfolding, opens your soul to the ultimate sun and rain. Over and over and over again: "Just this, right now, just this." Until one day, your soul becomes so ripe that it just lets go of the limb and falls gently ever so gently back to the warm ground of Being.

Joe Zarantonello

Contributed by: FastDart

A Quote by Adyashanti on attachment, clinking, enlightment, self-deception, ego, and narcisism

Many spiritual seekers get "stuck" in emptiness, in the absolute, in transcendence. They cling to bliss, or peace, or indifference. When the self-centered motivation for living disappears, many seekers become indifferent. They see the perfection of all existence and find no reason for doing anything, including caring for themselves or others. I call this "taking a false refuge." It is a very subtle egoic trap; it's a fixation in the absolute and all unconscious form of attachment that masquerades as liberation. It can be very difficult to wake someone up from this deceptive fixation because they literally have no motivation to let go of it. Stuck in a form of divine indifference, such people believe they have reached the top of the mountain when actually they are hiding out halfway up its slope.

Enlightenment does not mean one should disappear into the realm of transcendence. To be fixated in the absolute is simply the polar opposite of being fixated in the relative. With the dawning of true enlightenment, there is a tremendous birthing of impersonal Love and wisdom that never fixates in any realm of experience. To awaken to the absolute view is profound and transformative, but to awaken from all fixed points of view is the birth of true nonduality. If emptiness cannot dance, it is not true Emptiness. If moonlight does not flood the empty night sky and reflect in every drop of water, on every blade of grass, then you are only looking at your own empty dream. I say, Wake up! Then, your heart will be flooded with a Love that you cannot contain.

Adyashanti

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Shoitsu on buddha, monkey, enlightment, live, life, death, experiance, moon, and reflection

Sitting peacefully on a cushion day and night seeking to attain Buddhahood, rejecting life and death in hopes of realizing enlightenment, is all like a monkey grasping at the moon reflected in the water.

Shoitsu

Contributed by: Andi

A Quote by Brad Warner on acceptance, now, enlightment, and desire

Every single human being in the world at some time thinks that "if only" this or that one of our conditions could be met then we'd be happy. "If only I had a girlfriend/boyfriend/million bucks, then I'd be happy." Or in the case of the more spiritually minded: "If only I were enlightened, then that would settle everything once and for all." Think again.

An old Chinese Zen Master once said, "From birth to death it's just like this!"  

Wherever you go in the world of human beings is pretty much the same. Only the details are different. All of my gaijin teacher friends who wanted to get out of Japan and back to the "real world" have discovered that the "real world" is hardly any different than the place they were leaving.  

We always want to believe that somewhere there's a perfect situation, if only we weren't barred from it. But that's not the reality.  

We always imagine that there's got to be somewhere else better than where we are right now, the great "Somewhere Else" we all carry around in our heads. We believe Somewhere Else is out there for us if only we could find it. But there's no Somewhere Else. Everything is right here.

Brad Warner

Source: Hardcore Zen : Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality, Pages: 55

Contributed by: Ryan

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