Not a thing, but wouldn't it be nice. I' will, however, stick with Dipa Ma and the few teachers, while making no claims about themselves, seem to embody the Dhamma.cooran wrote:Hello all,
Does anyone know anything about this teacher Linda Clair, and claims of being enlightened?
cooran wrote:Hello Tilt, Ben,
Yes, I always feel uncomfortable when someone claims enlightenment. It is just that just the group was listed on Meetups for Brisbane, is just starting up, and I was looking for a local meditation group which might meet close by.
One whose mind
is enmeshed in sympathy
for friends & companions,
neglects the true goal.
Seeing this danger in intimacy,
like a rhinoceros.
-- Snp 1.3 Khaggavisana Sutta, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
It’s a state of not knowing – that’s what enlightenment is. And when you’re really fully immersed
in not knowing and not wanting to know, there can’t be any experience. There’s no time for any
cooran wrote:Hello Aloka, all,
This is her description of enlightenment:
http://simplemeditation.net/articles/EN ... RIENCE.pdf
Cooran, it's obvious isn't it?I’ve heard people say I must have a huge ego to go around saying I’m enlightened, but the only reason I can say it is because there isn’t any ego there. It would be much easier in a lot of ways to just keep my mouth shut, but I can’t keep quiet about this - it’s too important.
peter wrote:Another denizen of the growing Non Duality Zoo I suspect...people, largely westerners, like Gangaji, Tony Parsons, Adyashani, Tolle etc etc...who have some kind of Peak Experience ( which are actually quite common and natural ) and get stuck there, and then set up shop.
It is a million miles from the ruthless radicalism of the Buddha who encountered many such teachers and exposed the relative shallowness of their attainment.
PeterB wrote:It is a million miles from the ruthless radicalism of the Buddha who encountered many such teachers and exposed the relative shallowness of their attainment.
cooran wrote:I tend to agree with John Bullitt from ATI:John Bullit from accesstoinsight.org wrote:Are there any enlightened people in the world nowadays?
How can I tell who's really enlightened?
I wouldn't be a Buddhist if I didn't think enlightenment were possible.
cooran wrote:John Bullit from accesstoinsight.org wrote:
The Buddha himself observed that as long there are people practicing correctly in line with the noble eightfold path, there will continue to be enlightened beings in the world (DN 16).
cooran wrote:John Bullit from accesstoinsight.org wrote:Even better evidence of the reality of enlightenment lies in the "gradual" nature of the Buddha's teachings. In the suttas, the Buddha speaks again and again of the many rewards awaiting those who follow the Path, long before they reach nibbana: the happiness that comes from developing generosity; the happiness that comes from living according to principles of virtue; the happiness that comes from developing loving-kindness (metta); the happiness that comes from practicing meditation and discovering the exquisite bliss of a quiet mind; the happiness that comes from abandoning painful states of mind; and so on. These can be tasted for yourself, to varying degrees, through Dhamma practice.
As with other views, one has to keep to the middle way.Jhana4 wrote:One of the things that has been blowing my mind in reading the book "The Broken Buddha" by Ven Dhammika is his claim that many Asian monastics don't think it is possible for anyone to become liberated.
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