Enlightenment and then what?

General discussion, particularly exploring the Dharma in the modern world.
[N.B. This is the forum that was called ‘Exploring Buddhism’. The new name simply describes it better.]
User avatar
Posts: 1532
Joined: Wed May 08, 2013 6:54 am
Location: Mordor, Middle Earth

Re: Enlightenment and then what?

Post by Jesse » Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:11 pm

porpoise wrote:Image
Also, that may be the funniest picture I've seen in a while.
“Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one's desires, but by the removal of desire” – Epictetus

Arjan Dirkse
Posts: 180
Joined: Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:53 pm

Re: Enlightenment and then what?

Post by Arjan Dirkse » Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:34 pm

To me enlightenment is just freedom...freedom from delusion, craving. After that moment of discovering our enlightened nature I imagine life just goes on.

User avatar
Posts: 1224
Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:50 pm
Location: South Florida, USA

Re: Enlightenment and then what?

Post by seeker242 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:44 pm

Snowid wrote:Enlightenment and then(after death) what? ;)
We have enlightenment when we are still alive.
With death ,our self is dead so,our enlightment also.


our ture self still exist after death, and we are still enlightened.
"Freed from the classification of form, great king, the Tathagata is deep, boundless, hard to fathom, like the ocean. 'The Tathagata exists after death' doesn't apply. 'The Tathagata doesn't exist after death doesn't apply. 'The Tathagata both exists and doesn't exist after death' doesn't apply. 'The Tathagata neither exists nor doesn't exist after death' doesn't apply." http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
One should not kill any living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite any other to kill. Do never injure any being, whether strong or weak, in this entire universe!

User avatar
Posts: 1596
Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:18 am

Re: Enlightenment and then what?

Post by oushi » Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:04 am

Enlightenment and then what?
I think that this is the last thing to worry about.
Say what you think about me here.

User avatar
Monlam Tharchin
Posts: 1539
Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:11 am
Location: Oregon

Re: Enlightenment and then what?

Post by Monlam Tharchin » Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:19 pm

oushi wrote:
Enlightenment and then what?
I think that this is the last thing to worry about.

People always want to know what the end is like before they start.
Some can't even stand not knowing how warm or cold it'll be tomorrow.
Try explaining what seeing is like to a person who's worn a blindfold their entire lives.
Anything you say will either make it sound like some complex process, or like total nonsense.
If they somehow manage to just take the blindfold off, they'll realize "oh! Now I see."
It's just something they have the natural capacity to do.

Before that, they might think seeing takes a great deal of straining, and maybe they can get even better eyeballs to see through walls and it must be so weird and how is it useful for everyday life and what do you even do with it, etc.
That's my impression, anyway.
Namo Amitābhāya

on hiatus since November 2017

User avatar
Posts: 473
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:33 am

Re: Enlightenment and then what?

Post by wisdom » Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:46 am

Perhaps its like the Zen saying "Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water... after enlightenment, chop wood carry water."

User avatar
Posts: 216
Joined: Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:10 pm

Re: Enlightenment and then what?

Post by Snovid » Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:56 am

Any spiritual practice is associated with temporality/mundane
if we assume that after the death of body
is not remain after us any component of our true eternal self
which can still experience the world and phenomena.

The tree bears fruit
fruits have seeds,grows out of them a new tree that is not a previous tree.

Trees do not practice anything because it does not make sense.

People practice
that is, there are two output

or we exist after death
then practice makes sense

religion and spiritual practices are a form of consolation
attempt to give life meaning.

For example:
We all die and will remain after us absolutely nothing
any consiousness, no presence, no activity,nothing.

But if you believe in reincarnation and the continued existence
then it is easier for you to die.

When we die then will not be anyone who would feel cheated.

So practice to make life easier
would have an easier life
would be happier living
after death you will not have the opportunity for anything :shrug:
I am from Poland I use google translator I do not know English

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider], mechashivaz and 38 guests