What is, and what is not, enlightenment? Don't get off at the wrong stop!
Be careful about equating the ability to calm thinking with being a Buddhist master. How much freedom from thinking do we need, to reach the jewel of understanding which then makes thinking not a problem? We could spend years manipulating our mind into thought-free states unnecessarily.
In our own lives we can easily find things we thought were true which we subsequently think not to be true. So our pursuit of the truth about self can not depend upon thinking. We need another way of knowing, one more direct than our thinking.
I am the person in my thoughts. When I think of me, there I am. When my attention is elsewhere, I don’t notice I’m missing. If I were to think about it – there I’d be again, assuming I'd been there all along. I never see my absence, since I ‘look’ for me … Continue reading Space Oddity