Having established these facts, it is important to understand that a realised monastic is not limited to his or her social role, and that realised members of lay society are equally not limited to their role. There exists enlightened freedom that functions through specific social roles, but which remains completely ‘free’ of any limitations as defined by those roles.
This delusion has stained the mind for a very long time, and is the basis and driving force of the continuous cycle of life and death. This why it is often not possible for delusion to be wiped-out immediately, and why the Ch’an training requires certain prerequisite (and supportive) practices to
Furthermore, for reasons not explained in the original Chinese language article, there is a quote attributed to ‘Turgeniev’ in English, which I assume is actually the Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883). At first glance this seems an odd association, as Turgenev was a renowned hunter of animals.
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD) Some people follow the Buddha as a means to gain blessings. As everyone knows, the Buddhist path is not about
The Dharma Realm is the realisation that the entirety of existence is interconnected, and this interconnectedness is premised upon the fact that all things exist (and pass away) with a profound emptiness.
The only reason we take suffering over inspirational thought is because we have been trained to do so by those who would capitalise on our self-imposed limitations.