Awakening and freedom.

That’s what the path is all about. Enlightenment really just means awareness, seeing things as they really are. Reality unfiltered. The world as it is instead of as we think it is.

We come to enlightenment by freeing ourselves of the three poisons; greed, hatred, and delusion. We free ourselves by transforming these poisons. We transform them to virtue, meditation, and wisdom.

The truth is that enlightenment is simply not creating delusions. When we’re in delusion we think we have to escape it. When we dwell in awareness we realize these poisons, the things we cling to, are empty. By realizing things are empty we come to enlightenment.

But we can’t grasp it with the logical mind. We have to use intuition and direct experience. And you get there by realizing you’re already there.



2 thoughts on “Waking Up

  1. I recently read something that helped me grasp Buddha’s concept of delusion. I found it in The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization by Martin Puchner:

    “As the prince sat under the fig tree, he felt the effects of his encounters with old age, illness, and death drift away. Dimly at first, he became aware that his life, which had brought him from the seclusion of the palace to the harsh world outside and then to extreme suffering and deprivation, was not his only life. He had lived many times before, and those earlier lives now came floating back to him, strange lives of animals and of humans, thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of them. And his lives were not the only things to multiply. The world that had so shocked him was not the only world, but one of many worlds he was now able to behold.

    I added the italics to show the affect this story had. This is not the only world. There are many. I saw that, more important than mere delusion, this world is illusion, what the Hindu call Maya. It helped me understand what the “End of Suffering” means as a goal in the path. If we realize this world is illusion, we understand the mental anguish of pain and suffering as a passing element in our imagined reality. Perhaps the next world is a better place, completely removed from this one. Why fret over events we can’t control in this world? Poverty, war, sickness, injustice? Grasping is the end result of not knowing if this is the only life we have. The Buddha understood. To me this is the “seeing things as they really are. Reality unfiltered” you mention here.

    Thanks. Great article.

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