Zen: ​The Elusive Nature of Enlightenment

I shall provide a story to elucidate on the delusion that impedes many who perform merit using their egos thinking that they can play tricks on the divine nature in themselves. For merit to work it has to occur as a function or as an extension of the purity of intention is founded upon the pillar of ingenuity appertaining to compassion and loving-kindness. Most are the people that get deluded by the strength of their power or position in the respective society but the funny thing is that the Spirit world doesn’t follow the same dynamics that our ever-egoic minds. 
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Emperor Wu of China was a very benevolent Buddhist. He built many temples and monasteries, educated many monks, and performed countless philanthropic deeds in the name of Buddhism. He asked the great teacher Bodhidharma, “What merit is there in my good works?”

Bodhidharma replied, “None whatsoever.” The Emperor then asked, “What is the Primal meaning of Holy Reality?” Bodhidharma answered, “Emptiness, not holiness.” The Emperor then queried, “Who, then, is this confronting me?” “I do not know,” was Bodhidharma’s reply. Since the Emperor did not understand, Bodhidharma left his kingdom.

Later, the Emperor related this conversation to an adviser, Prince Shiko. Shiko reprimanded him, saying that Bodhidharma was a great teacher possessed of the highest truth. The Emperor, filled with regret, dispatched a messenger to entreat Bodhidharma to return. 

But Shiko warned, “Even if all the people in the land went, that one will never return.”

12 thoughts on “Zen: ​The Elusive Nature of Enlightenment

  1. Probably a lot of reading, based upon a hungry mind’s many questions… I do know that had I been born Catholic, I would have pursued being a nun (as I informed my shocked Protestant mother at age 6). Ironically, my husband had wanted to be a Catholic priest. Imagine our many wonderful conversations!

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  2. That can tell a lot especially in terms of one’s progress in the journey of spirit. Evident in the quantum leaps visible in your great understanding and knowledge.
    However that part of the renouncing the ordinary life pleasures into being a nun also tells much about your innate desire to serve a higher purpose thats bigger than yourself or the world as we see it.

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  3. The need to reject the material world shouldn’t arise. It should strict arise in the mental plane and not the physical plane.

    A joke: Many people, out of lack of clarity in discrimination of phenomena, mange to abstain from material forms but are inherently unable to abandon abstinence itself.


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