Posted by Alex on January 16, 19100 at 21:49:37:
In Reply to: Re: Questions.... posted by Shane on January 16, 19100 at 20:23:48:
: Dear Martin,
: Hi! I think that I may be able to add a little clarification to your last question. Not an answer perhaps but it may be of some help. Basically in all the info I have recieved (little though it may be) it was noted that no practioner has ever found enlightenment without the assistance of a teacher. A teacher is someone who has been there and can therefore help guide you on your journey. Books and other forms of information are very useful, but they are relatively rigid materials and therefore unable to conform to your particular needs, which is the true role of the teacher.
: Hope this is of some help. Good Luck...
Of course enlightenment must come from the self. Nobody else could possibly cause such an event in another person. If you ever reach enlightenment, Martin, you will probably be the only person to know it, if even you do. Don't make that your goal, rather make your goal the path, and let the teachings of Buddhism be your guide. In doing this you will reach fulfillment, in striving endlessyly towards enlightenment, you may miss the path and find only dispair. Best luck on your journey. Alex
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