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Enlightenment defined: 1. the act of enlightening. 2. the state of being enlightened achievement of spiritual state: the realization of spiritual or religious understanding, or, especially in Buddhism, the state attained when the cycle of reincarnation ends and human desire and suffering are transcended free somebody from ignorance: to free somebody from ignorance, prejudice, or superstition External / Internal

Buddhism “Before the cosmic net is spread, how can its thousands of pearls be seen? When it is suddenly raised by its universal rope, the myriad eyes spontaneously open.” Ts’ao-t’ang

When one comes to the Essence of Being,
The shining Wisdom of Reality
Illumines all like the cloudless sky. – Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa

Become a light that no difficulties or sadness can ever extinguish, a light with your own color and style. The light you share with others is infinite, limitless. Illuminating others and being yourself will help you show gratitude to those who paved the way for you, help you find meaning in your life today as you bring hope to future generations. You become an infinite light. — Her Holiness Shinso Ito

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
– a selection of quotations,  Cave in the Snow ~Vicki Mackenzie.

“My life is in the hands of the Buddha, dharma and sangha, literally. I’ve handed it over. Whatever is necessary for me to do to benefit all beings, let me do it. I don’t care.”

“Having surrendered to the Buddha, the practicalities of her life curiously take care of themselves.”

“Its a poverty of our time that so many people can’t see beyond the material. In this age of darkness with it’s greed, violence and ignorance, it’s important there are some areas of light in the gloom. Something to balance out all the heaviness and darkness. To my mind the contemplatives and the solitary meditators are like lighthouses beaming out love and compassion onto the world. Because their beams are focussed, they are very powerful. They become like generators and they are extremely necessary.”

“People have this idea that Enlightenment and realisation is something in a distance – a very fantastic and magnificent happening which will transform everything once and for always. But it’s not like that at all. It’s something which is so simple you hardly see it. It’s right in front of us, so close we don’t notice it. And it’s something which can happen at any moment. And the moment we see it, there it is. It’s been there all the time, but we’ve had our inner eye closed. When the moments of awareness all link up – we become a Buddha.”

“The reason we are not enlightened is because we are lazy. There’s no other reason. We do not bother to bring ourselves back to the present because we’re too fascinated by the games the mind is playing. If one genuinely thinks about renunciation, it is not giving up external things like money, leaving home or one’s family. That’s easy. Genuine renunciation is giving up all our fond thoughts, our delight in memories, hopes, day dreams, our mental chatter. To renounce that and stay naked in the present, that is renunciation.”

“The thing is we say we want to be enlightened but we don’t really. Only bits of us want to be enlightened. The ego thinks how nice, comfortable and pleasant it would be. But to really drop everything and go for it! We could do it in a moment but we don’t do it. And the reason is we are too lazy…. The whole Buddhist path is about waking up. Yet the desire to keep sleeping is so strong.”

“The knower is also not somebody.”

“Mindfulness can be interpreted in two ways, ‘concentration’ which is narrow – laser-like or ‘awareness’ which is panoramic”  Tenzin palmo

Hinduism In this way you will be freed from bondage to work and its auspicious and inauspicious results. With your mind fixed on Me in this principle of renunciation, you will be liberated and come to MeBhagavad Gita 9.28

Lord Vishnu went on to describe how self realization could be attained-


Meaning- When there is no desire left in the heart then a man is certain to experience the divine taste of this nectar (Enlightenment) in his life time– and there is no doubt about it. Garuda Purana

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