Practice and/as/or enlightenment

My unconscious must’ve continued working on the subject, because I woke up this morning remembering suddenly that the historical Buddha Shakyamuni continued teaching the dharma for 45 years after his enlightenment, before he died and passed into nirvana.* If that is not an indication that enlightenment is not the end goal, it is hard to imagine what is.

You reach the top of the mountain only to find there’s a different mountain to climb, a different rock to push. The only thing that changes, really, is your attitude to it. Accept the pain and there is no suffering.

*The distinction between nirvana and enlightenment is explored here by Rev. Kusala Bhikshu.

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2 Responses to Practice and/as/or enlightenment

  1. ggwfung says:

    life is the eternal constant motion, we aim for an end, but always keep towards it – there is no final finish – the circle goes on

    ggw

  2. hitchhiker72 says:

    I think therein lies the core of the issue – whether we see life as linear or circular. Thanks for your comment.

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