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  1. This is my opinion and many will answer you differently.

    There are a lot of questions. Is there enlightenment in the world, or is it a myth-part of an unfounded belief? What is it like? What is it? How is it understood and how is it understood by different teachings? Etc. etc. As a result, we come to hundreds of interpretations. There are gurus who claim to be enlightened. There are ordinary people who consider themselves enlightened. There are millions of these gurus and enlightened people. Many of them experienced the mystical experience of merging with the absolute, after which they set up interpretations. These people are quite visible. True, not with special miracles, but with chatter about what enlightenment is. And those who are notable for miracles are often just a magician and a crook. At the same time, some say that when you become enlightened, you understand that everything is suffering. Others say that everything is one, that you are Brahman (God) and thus justify any suffering and behavior as the will of God, but at the same time they look at it all as if from the side (contemplate) suffering from persistent depersonalization (although they say that Brahman and reality are one, which in theory should immediately deprive the adept of any view from the side and detachment from the body, emotions, etc.). For them, everything is nothing and they are happy and waiting for it when they go into nothing, although everything seems to be nothing and they have been there for a long time. And other and other interpretations and ideas of enlightenment. If these are enlightenments, they are false or partial. If someone describes themselves as an all-knowing enlightened sage, they are probably not enlightened. If you meet a Buddha, you don't have to kill him, but you can punch him in the head. It is most likely the ego that speaks in him, not the Buddha nature. I don't know if there is enlightenment and what it really is. Is there any complete enlightenment at all when a person begins to work miracles? Don't know. Probably if such a Buddha appears, it will be some kind of Maitreya or Jesus, which means that the end of the world is near. It seems to me (my personal opinion) that the signs of a real Buddha are wisdom, skeptical thinking (oddly enough, Gautama Buddha insisted: do not trust anyone or anything, even me, and measure everything with experience, common sense, and benefit for yourself and everyone), understanding the conditionality of any phenomena, not separating yourself from the world, and hence, as a consequence, compassion (often active) and the desire not to cause unnecessary suffering to yourself or others (since everything is one). Probably there are such people. But they are not much different from the average person, except that they are calm and compassionate and do not have the audacity and pride (huge ego) to consider and call themselves Buddhas or enlightened. If you are offered to achieve enlightenment easily and quickly, and you are also invited to take expensive courses or join their sect (group), then most likely they want to clean up your pockets. Why is this difficult to achieve? Because a person in a normal state is always clinging to something, thinking that there is something to rely on, clinging to emotions and concepts, dividing people and objects into bad and good, and apparently therefore does not see the conditionality of everything. This includes concepts of enlightenment and emotions about this notorious enlightenment. True enlightenment is either a rare insight and / or a long period of self-improvement. But this is also a concept)


    The best way is to understand yourself. And then you will understand everything.

    Shunryu Suzuki

    You sit and sit for yourself, you go and go for yourself. The main thing — do not fuss in vain.


    The more talk and reflection, the further from the truth.


    The Buddha's way is not to be confused. It's about becoming your role to the bone.

    Kodo Sawaki Roshi

    If you want to follow the Path, don't even reject the world of feelings and ideas. For its full acceptance is true enlightenment.


    Calmness of mind does not mean that you should stop all activities. True peace of mind lies in the activity itself.

    D. T. Suzuki

    Don't pursue the truth. Just give up your opinions.


    Zen is not a contrived, special art of living.

    Our teaching calls for simply living, always being in reality, in its unvarnished sense.

    And to make our own efforts for this purpose moment by moment-this is our way.

    Shunryu Suzuki

    The point is not to have any deep feelings about Buddhism; we just do what we have to do, like eating dinner and going to bed. This is Buddhism.

    The purpose of studying Buddhism is not to study Buddhism, but to study ourselves.

    Shunryu Suzuki

    If you want to see the Path open up, don't hold on to the idea of its existence and non-existence.


    To study Buddhism is to study yourself. To study yourself is to forget yourself.


    In our practice, there should be no ideas of achievement, no expectations, not even expectations of enlightenment.

    Shunryu Suzuki

    When it's time to get dressed — get dressed. When you need to go, go. When you need to sit down, sit down. Forget all about achieving Buddhahood.


    Your ordinary consciousness is the Path.


    Before I studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains and rivers as rivers.

    Then, as I came closer to understanding, I learned to see that mountains are not mountains, and rivers are not rivers.

    But now that I have grasped the very essence, I am calm. I just see again that mountains are mountains and rivers are rivers.


    One day a monk said to the Master: “I would like to know the Buddha.” The master replied that a Buddha is one who rides a bull and is also looking for a bull. Do you understand the meaning of this? You ask, “What is a Buddha?” but you are a Buddha. Do you understand? Then the monk asked the Master, ” So what happens after I learn about the bull? When did I find out that I am a Buddha myself?” The master said: “Then just ride the bull home.”

    Even when you know that you are a Buddha, it does not mean that you have returned to the Buddha. Even though you know that you are originally a Buddha, you are still a baby Buddha — you have not yet become a full Buddha. Then the monk asked again: “What should I do when I rode the bull home?” And the Master answered: “Then, as a shepherd, take care of the bull, so that it does not trample the meadows and fields of other people.”

    Even after enlightenment, one does not become lazy in practice, but constantly cultivates compassion and wisdom so as not to harm oneself or others.

    “Enlightenment” is bull shit. “Deep Enlightenment” is elephant shit! 'Full Enlightenment — is rhino shit!”

    – Zen Master Sung San

    “We need our energy and our time completely to overcome all this idiocy in ourselves. That's all that matters. The rest is not important.”

    — Carlos Castaneda

    xxx: Listen, if ordinary noodles are made from ordinary wheat, then what kind of glass noodles are made from???

    yyy: From the enlightened one…

    Enlightenment begins not with symbols, but with deeds. The garden is ugly. The grass is trampled, the paths are unpleasant, there are no flashlights. But the mandula is now already, bl…, visible from space. Pi…

    —Artemy Lebedev

    A Zen monk approached the master and asked:

    — How soon will I reach enlightenment?”

    “In 20 years,” the master replied.

    “Hmm, and if I try harder?

    — In 30 years.

    “And if I do my best?” The monk persisted.

    “I'm sorry, I didn't say that correctly. This will take 40 years.

  2. There is. And there are quite a few of them. Apart from the fact that we all have one enlightenment, then take a closer look at: Artur Sita, Daniil Zuev in Russia. Raman Namaharshi, Eckhart Tolle, and others. BUT! Due to the closeness of this topic from closed personalities, you may not see them as enlightened. And to see in those who are not such, but speak beautifully and promise to enlighten for 14999 rubles.
    Important! They don't call themselves enlightened. The one who calls himself enlightened-run away from him!! There are no enlightened people – there is only enlightenment. But for the personality and ego, there is simply an “image of an enlightened person” – here are some hints. Search and be sure to find it (it will be very funny when you find it)

  3. There are such people. Go to the website of Aya, flow of light and love. Or go to the website Pure Consciousness Pavel Leonidov. It's very interesting to watch. People with altered consciousness.

  4. enlightenment means becoming more adequate and calm..more harmonious…a human being..there is nothing special about enlightenment you become the master of yourself but for this you need to understand yourself

  5. The very attainment of enlightenment is already illusory. It is not easy to achieve, because you are already enlightened.Only you forgot about it and think that you are not enlightened and you need to somehow find it and reach it.And a huge illusion to look for what is in your pocket

  6. Enlightenment is a sudden feeling of clarity of consciousness that engulfs a person, a sharp full understanding of the situation as a result of an internal search.

    A person begins to look at everything that happens to him in this life in a different way. A person's life is not very long, and time “passes” – you can say “flies”. And you have a lot to do. What exactly? So we are looking for the meaning of life. Everyone has their own opinion. Everyone has their own enlightenment, so we don't see, we don't notice. This happens as a “flow” of information, energy, light, euphoria, inspiration.

  7. It's not so much the enlightened ones themselves, who don't really want to talk about it, but the people themselves. I can say, for example, that I am enlightened. So what's next? You will demand proof from me, but do I need to prove it, what is the point for me? Whatever I do, you will interpret my actions and words through the prism of your mind. And in the end, you will decide that I am not enlightened. Do you know?..more precisely, not so…do you fully understand what enlightenment is? Or are you trying to figure this out from a Wikipedia article written by some mimocrocodile? Or maybe according to Buddhist texts that are 2500 years old and that have been copied and supplemented a hundred times with the same mimocrocodiles.
    In addition, Buddhism itself is a religion with all the appropriate attributes and shortcomings. It is the big shots there who decide who is recognized as enlightened and who is not. But in order to be a Buddhist, it is not necessary to become a Buddhist and someone else's recognition is not necessary. In itself, creating a religion and isolating oneself from society is already an act of selfishness and arrogance. Like we are Buddhists, and you are ordinary. And they decide who is enlightened and who is not?
    What exactly am I talking about? To the fact that you will not find an enlightened person anyway, because neither he nor the public wants it.

    And I'll answer the second question. It is not difficult to achieve enlightenment, all you have to do is have a desire. To desire not enlightenment, as many people think and strive for, but a banal desire to know and, most importantly, understand the surrounding reality, the very essence.

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