Wednesday, December 11, 2013

self-realization 自我の目覚め

Thich Nhat Hanh's beautiful words: 
“Enlightenment, for a wave in the ocean, is the moment the wave realizes it is water. When we realize we are not separate, but a part of the huge ocean of everything, we become enlightened. We realize this through practice, and we remain awake and aware of this through more practice." 

My understanding is followings:
Self-grasping, that is I am special, separate and superior to others, is ignorance which is the source of sufferings. Detachment, that is we are all the same (fundamentally: physically, emotionally and consciously), is wisdom which is the source of happiness.

This self-realization is the wisdom in Buddhism: selflessness, or emptiness, or interdependence, or dependent origination. Once we attained self-realization or wisdom, we can see the reality. Because we can eliminate our disturbing mind which creates illusion through mental projections. For example, attachment creates illusion of extreme positiveness and anger creates illusion of extreme negativeness.




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