Is it still possible to get enlightened?

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Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

Postby Viscid » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:44 pm

We should maintain a pragmatic attitude toward the views we hold:

If we cannot know if it is possible to become an arahant, we should act, regardless, as if it were. Any belief that full enlightenment isn't possible will only introduce doubt into our minds, and serves no other purpose than to limit ambition.
"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

Postby Aloka » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:36 pm

Talking About Enlightenment (Ajahn Jayasaro 7.26 minutes)



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Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

Postby Alex123 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:47 pm

"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

Postby SarathW » Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:49 am

26. The Visible Nibbāna
Once the brahmin Jāṇussoṇi approached the Blessed One … and said to him:44
“It is said, Master Gotama, ’Nibbāna is directly visible.’ In what way, Master Gotama, is
Nibbāna directly visible, immediate, inviting one to come and see, worthy of application, to be
personally experienced by the wise?”
“When, brahmin, a person is impassioned with lust … depraved through hatred …
bewildered through delusion, overwhelmed and infatuated by delusion, then he plans for his
own harm, for the harm of others, for the harm of both; and he experiences in his mind suffering
and grief. But when lust, hatred, and delusion have been abandoned, he neither plans for his
own harm, nor for the harm of others, nor for the harm of both; and he does not experience in
his mind suffering and grief. In this way, brahmin, Nibbāna is directly visible, immediate,
inviting one to come and see, worthy of application, to be personally experienced by the wise.
“Since he experiences the complete destruction of lust, hatred, and delusion, in this way,
brahmin, Nibbāna is directly visible, immediate, inviting one to come and see, worthy of
application, to be personally experienced by the wise.”45

http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf1/wh155An ... ikaya1.pdf
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

Postby Alex123 » Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:54 am

"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Is it still possible to get enlightened?

Postby PadmaPhala » Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:33 am

no, we are not lightbulbs. it is however possible to awake to the highest dharma.


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