Practice and/as/or enlightenment
5 March 2007 2 Comments
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.