Friday, October 22, 2010

Attainment Through Self-Realization

While the attainment of Buddhahood was the ultimate goal of his teachings, the Buddha was practical and always close to the facts of life and insisted in his ordinary sermons on a life regulated by moral rules. Nor had he any desire to disclose intellectually or metaphysically the content of enlightenment which must be experienced but cannot be explained. He never neglected to emphasize the significance of self-realization for enlightenment was to be attained personally through one’s own inner consciousness.

D.T. Suzuki in his 1927 essay, History of Zen explains that Buddha was the originator of a religious system that was free from spiritualistic superstitions and rooted in the Fourfold Noble Truths and the Twelvefold Chain of Causation. Suzuki who is considered the 20th century’s foremost expert on Zen explains that Buddha never thought his followers would use these teachings as the foundation for Buddhism without considering the support of an inner spirit or consciousness. Those teachings only reflect one side of his teachings not the whole field of awareness.

The practice of identifying an aspect of a whole and calling it a complete truth is deeply rooted in the belief structure that dominates the expression of physical thoughts. There is a greater field or identity that is independent of the focused self; this field in very much alive and aware in all realities. In short we all have been mentally, biologically, and spiritually prejudiced against recognizing this field as part of the self. Enlightenment is the awareness of this field, but the expression of that field varies in each individual.

Some aspects of the field are annoying so we train ourselves to ignore them. The universe within us is constantly being created by the action of consciousness which sees itself as the center of world when it is specifically focused. The units of consciousness that emerge into electromagnetic energy units express themselves in the actuality of the moment using the body which we consider significant in defining the difference between enlightenment and physical reality.

That illusion of separation creates a chasm that can be closed when we view our reality from another perspective. We do it everyday in the dream state; we enter the chasm and build a bridge so enlightenment is free to express itself physically using units of consciousness that are not restricted by beliefs. The self carries all probable characteristics which can be actualized in each individual’s reality when self- realization becomes the foundation. The innate awareness of our own multiplicity expands the conscious ideas that restrict the physical expression of enlightenment.

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