Johnny Dangerous wrote:
if it is unchanging how does it eventually turn/change into anything?
By my understanding that's exactly the part of the criticism of monism that's implicit in the concept of sunyata. It would also be the critcism of an unqualified
claim of ANY kind of "true self" or substance, if it exists inherently it cannot by definition be causally part of something else.
Nobody ever said it was apart of something else(thats where many start to go wrong)
That which is inherently existant does not change,it is not defiled one moment then clean the next.
If it was like this then it wouldnt be inherently existing it would be apart of dependent origination/that which changes based upon conditions)
Enlightenment is Enlightenment and it will always be Enlightenment
,if Enlightenment were to change then we would say it could be gained and lost it arises and ceases.but since Enlightenment never changes it never arises nor ceases.
The Tathagatagarbha sutras make clear Enlightenment is always pure and has never been defiled,it is only OBSCURED by defilement.
okay so if Enlightenment is Enlightenment/inherently existant and it is always PURE and UNCHANGING,how can we attain enlightenment?
The answer is you cant attain that which is inherently pure/existant.
This is the pupose of the No-Self teaching,in truth their is No-self that attains enlightenment.
The worldly self is in itself the Defilment that obscures Enlightenment.
Once you realise there is No-worldly Self it ceases,and all that is left is Enlightenment.