Posted by Stephen Pema Dorje (18.104.22.168) on August 22, 2000 at 14:34:14:
In Reply to: What seeks Enlightenment? posted by b on August 20, 2000 at 01:29:41:
: Buddhism teaches that we are Anatta(No-soul or individual self. That we are all Buddha nature.
: Then what is ( It) that seeks enlightenment? What reaches Nirvana or Nibbana? What is it that expierences life? What gathers karma? I awoke this morning with that question.
: Dear B,
Buddhism teaches that Buddha nature is within all of us. We have a self as in you are
"B" and I am "Stephen". But we don't have an inherent self
separate from others. An explanation I enjoy is that you are the same human being as you were
when you were a child. But in another sense, you are not.
"B" is still "B", but through spiritual, educational and other growth, you are
not exactly the same.
What is "it" that experiences Nirvana, Enlightenment, life, etc?
All these things are not outside of you to be given or
found outside. They are all within you. To be brought out from the inside.
They are covered by delusion, attachment, greed, anger and ignorane in all
of us. Through ethical behavior, meditation, wisdom, comassion and effort, these parts of us can
be experienced once again. Don't "think" so much about it. Just practice the Buddha's
teachings and it will happen. Remember, emptiness is
not completely without thought, it's just thought of you NOT
being separate from other things. Just my view....
Peace and compassion to you on your path,
Stephen Pema Dorje
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