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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

O Ananda, Be Ye Lamps Unto Yourselves.

As the Buddha said upon his death, "O Ananda, be ye lamps unto yourselves. Hold fast to the truth as a lamp. Seek salvation alone in the truth."

JAMES: Enlightenment is found within, regardless of your guru. He/she can point the way, but no one will give it to you. Full-realization isn't a title to brandish, or a piece of paper to display--it has to come from within. Monks are vital to knowing where to find the path, and guide us along the path but they can not realize enlightenment for us. In some Zen traditions, enlightenment happens suddenly after a profound, internal realization. It's very intimate and personal. I don't say this because I'm enlightened--far from it. I'm merely passing on the knowledge of my teachers. Be weary of those who would tell you that enlightenment can be had via patronage (donations). Anyone promising enlightenment after you give them money is neither enlightened, nor living the Dharma.

~i bow to the buddha within all beings~

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Kevino said...

I thought he said, Damn, my stomach hurts.
We all have our sources.

Kevino said...

So monks are important to enlightenment? I guess it may depend on your description of monks. There are as many paths as there are individuals and the best way seems to apply to all: See what's in front of you.

lyse lauren said...

I guess this discussion is likely to go on for some time yet... Nature has provided us with such bounty and Hemp is no exception to this rule. Its an amazing plant with multiple uses, most of which are very beneficial. To stigmatize it, as has been done these past decades, seems almost criminal and certainly rather hypercritical considering that alcohol is just as deadly, if not more so.
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