do you really want to achieve enlightenment

do you really want to achieve enlightenment

You know it’s easy to say we have the right motivation but we should really contemplate on this. Are we here to listen to these teachings for the enlightenment. We all like to say yes. Or anyway, it’s safer to say in this way anyway, among the Buddhist. But even that statement that I am here to learn the path of enlightenment, I am here to listen to teachings so that I will achieve enlightenment, even that, even the fact that do you really want to achieve enlightenment, that is something that you should contemplate. I must confess, I for one, I am not that, I am not all the time attracted to enlightenment. Really. I am much more attracted to the samsaric success, the gain, I don’t know the influence, the game that we play, I am very much for this. Enlightenment as a romantic notion, the golden color, the light, the omniscience, all of that is fine. And specially when I am tormented suddenly with certain problems, then of course I think about enlightenment. When I am up in the air and when my plane goes through turbulence, then I think about enlightenment. As soon as I am on the ground and surrounded by friends, families, attention, gain, don’t think about enlightenment. And not only that, sometimes I contemplate, and if you really contemplate, enlightenment is a state where you have amazing qualities, supposedly amazing qualities. And from the emotional point of view, all these amazing qualities that enlightenment supposed to have such as omniscience, you should really think, do you really want to be omniscient. Because if you do have an omniscience, there will be no surprise. You cannot read one good detective novel. You already know the end. You can’t enjoy anything. You cant enjoy a new food, you cant taste a new drink, because you already know. You cant gossip around, you cant chat around because you already know the answer. So from the emotional point of view, enlightenment is, from our deluded emotional point of view, enlightenment is really utterly, such a boring place, where you have no excitement, no excitement at all. Why do we need this? So this way, it is quite important to really tune our motivation.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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